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Carelessness of negligent doctors results in foot amputation

If an individual went to a Washington, DC, emergency room with foot pain, he or she would likely trust the doctor's diagnosis and follow any instructions given. Unfortunately for one woman in another state, this ultimately led to the loss of her leg. The woman is now suing Lifepoint Hospitals and a number of defendants after the alleged carelessness of the negligent doctors there resulted in the amputation of her leg.

In April 2015, the plaintiff went to her local emergency room with complaints of foot pain. Three days after her visit, she saw a physician's assistant when the pain and swelling in her right foot had not abated. There, she was diagnosed with gout. According to the complaint, the patient was discharged with instructions to take medications to treat her condition, which she was told would improve within a few days.

State trooper, pedestrian injured in drunk driving accident

DC and Maryland residents are likely concerned when preventable accidents happen. A pedestrian and a state trooper were both struck and injured in a collision early on the morning of June 11. The suspected drunk driving accident occurred at around 3:30 a.m. that Sunday along Route 4. The trooper's cruiser was parked at an accident scene when an oncoming vehicle rear-ended him and then struck a nearby pedestrian.

The trooper had the emergency lights on his vehicle going to warn traffic, but the state police believe that the 37-year-old driver was operating his vehicle while he was under the influence of alcohol. The vehicle collided with the patrol car then skidded off the road. A pedestrian -- one of the drivers involved in the initial accident -- was standing near the guardrail when the car driven by the allegedly impaired driver hit him as well.

Cook Medical faces product liability suit for Celect IVC Filter

Washington, D.C., residents have the right to expect that the household products they purchase are safe. How much worse, then, when the dangerous or defective product in question is a medical device supposed to help prevent harm? In another state, a man has recently filed a product liability case alleging just that after he was injured following the surgical implantation of a Celect® Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava Filter.

An IVC Filter is surgically implanted into patients' veins to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs. In this case, the plaintiff had the Celect® IVC Filter temporarily installed, with the intention for later retrieval. The Celect was a newer model of IVC filter, designed to improve upon previous devices which tended to tilt and make removal impossible.

Prescription medication Abilifty linked to compulsive behavior

With tens of thousands of patients taking aripiprazole every year, there is a good likelihood that a number of Washington, D.C. residents have taken the drug at some point. The prescription medication, marketed under the brand name Abilify, has been used to treat disorders like depression. However, a growing number of lawsuits indicates that the negative side effects may far outweigh any potential benefits.

The brain uses neurotransmitters like dopamine to reinforce pleasurable behaviors, creating the urge to perform the behavior again. Abilify is a partial dopamine-agonist, which means that it treats mood disorders by balancing dopamine in the brain. However, issues arise when patients taking the medication feel such intense pleasure in activities, such as compulsive gambling, shopping, sex or binge-eating, that they quickly grow addicted and are unable to resist the urges.

Drunk driving accident claims life of Maryland tow truck driver

Tragically, a Maryland man was recently killed in a car crash. According to official reports in the ongoing investigation, his death appears to have been the result of a drunk driving accident. The 48-year-old tow truck driver was struck when a vehicle operated by a Baltimore resident collided with him on an Anne Arundel County roadway.

The Generations Auto Safetow tow truck operator was standing behind his vehicle preparing to tow a disabled automobile on Wednesday, May 31. Per police reports, a car driven by a 31-year-old ran into both the man and his truck from behind. The victim was taken to the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland for treatment of his severe injuries, of which he ultimately died.

Medical malpractice suit blames infant's death on negligence

Worrying about one's own health is stressful enough, but when it comes to the health of one's children, few things are more important. Like others across the nation, most residents of Washington D.C. have no choice but to rely on the knowledge and training of doctors and hospital staff to ensure their children receive proper and adequate medical treatment. Sadly, a woman in another state recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging that her trust in the hospital staff there was misplaced, as their negligence ultimately resulted in the death of her infant son.

The woman is suing both Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Marshal University Board of Governors after the death of one of her twins born at the hospital. While the baby was born prematurely and suffered from several health conditions, he was being treated in the NICU and was showing progress. Over the weeks following his birth, his condition continued to improve, and he was expected to be released from the hospital eventually, along with his twin brother.

Possible dangerous side effects of prescription medication Avelox

Avelox is an antibiotic used to treat severe infections. In fact, residents of Washington, D.C., may have taken the prescription medication for any of a variety of illnesses, from pneumonia to sinusitis. However, patients may want to think twice before deciding whether the benefits of taking the drug outweigh the apparent risks.

In another state, a woman is suing the drug company responsible for Avelox. She recently filed a complaint, naming as defendants Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bayer Corporation, Bayer AG, Bayer Pharma AG, and Merck & Co. Inc. The woman alleges that their drug, Avelox, caused her to experience negative side effects of which she was unaware she would be at risk.

Jurors award $744k in surgical medical malpractice suit

Any residents of Washington, D.C., who faced the choice of whether to undergo surgery -- even when the procedure is life-saving and essential – are doubtlessly aware that it is usually a major and daunting decision. Imagine, then, being convinced by a surgeon that a painful procedure is necessary, only to discover later that other, less-intrusive methods could have been attempted first. In a recent medical malpractice suit in another state, this is apparently just what occurred.

The lawsuit was filed approximately two years ago against an orthopedic surgeon, alleging that he performed unnecessary surgery on a 16-year-old boy. The youth's shoulder had been injured in a wrestling match several years prior, and after months of pain, the teen sought medical attention. A surgeon supposedly informed the teen and his parents that, unless the young man underwent a specific surgical procedure, he would continue to suffer pain for the rest of his life. The operation, known as the Mumford procedure, involved the removal of the boy's clavicle end.

Woman's devastating illness draws attention to medication errors

Nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription medication. That means that seven out of every 10 residents of Washington, D.C., likely rely on a pharmacy to make sure that their prescriptions are filled accurately, as medication errors can have devastating results. Take, for example, a case in another state, where an alleged pharmacy error resulted in a serious skin condition for one woman.

The woman has been diagnosed with a rare skin disorder known as Stevens-Johnson syndrome. This excruciatingly painful illness is typically caused by an adverse reaction to a medication or by incorrect medication dosage. In this case, it is believed the disorder was caused by an incorrect dose of lamotrigine.

Woman files product liability suit over botulism poisoning

Gas stations and convenience stores can be a great place to stop in Washington, D.C,. for anyone in a hurry. One might expect to find fuel, beverages and variety of snack foods. What one would not expect to encounter, however, is botulism. Unfortunately for a woman in another state, this is just what she experienced, and she and her family have filed a product liability case against the gas station that sold food products officials believe led to a total of nine instances of food poisoning to date.

The lawsuit filed on the woman's behalf does not specify damages. However, it does list the Valley Oak Food & Fuel gas station as well as several other individuals and corporations as defendants because it is not clear as of yet how the cheese sauce became contaminated with the Clostridium botulinum bacteria in the first place. What is clear so far is that five of the victims with food poisoning have been confirmed positive for botulism, and all five consumed food from the gas station before they became ill.

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