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Patient suffers brain damage after surgeon leaves hospital

As any Washington, D.C., patients who have experienced one can attest, any medical errors at all are always upsetting, no matter how seemingly minor. To be reminded that highly-trained, highly-paid doctors may thoughtlessly make mistakes that leave an individual suffering can be extremely unsettling. Far worse, however, are incidents when one doctor's errors devastate the lives of an entire family forever, like in a recent case in another state involving a patient left with permanent brain damage.

The comatose victim's wife and stepson have filed a lawsuit on the man's behalf after open-heart surgery left him in a vegetative state. The lawsuit alleges that during the man's surgical procedure to repair his damaged aorta and replace a heart valve, excessive bleeding was an issue from the very beginning. In fact, according to medical records, interviews with the surgical team and cell phone records, the patient continued to bleed throughout the procedure, losing nearly a full third of his blood supply.

Medical malpractice can involve failure to check medical records

Residents of Washington, D.C., have the right to expect doctors to take basic steps to ensure their health and well-being. These most fundamental tasks could include things like verifying a patient's identity and checking his or her medical records. In a slight twist on the typical medical malpractice case, a man in another state has filed a lawsuit after a hospital allegedly refused to verify his identity and, instead, injected him with strong antipsychotics.

The plaintiff was apparently mistaken for another individual of the same name who had, earlier that day, been threatening to harm himself and others. Police arrived at the plaintiff's home and forcibly transported him to a hospital, where the man insisted that there was some confusion and he was not the individual in question. He repeatedly asked both the officers and the doctor to verify his identity, offering his driver's license and social security card, even requesting that hospital staff contact his friends and family, according to the complaint.

Hazardous conditions of roadway lead to lawsuit over broken foot

Often, premises liability lawsuits in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere revolve around slip-and-fall accidents in poorly maintained stores, restaurants or even parking lots, when puddles of water or other slick substances aren't promptly cleaned up, or when staff fails to remove dangerous objects from floors. But do other types of companies have the same legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for the public? Well, in another state, a pedestrian is suing over the hazardous conditions of the road after she suffered serious injuries as a result.

The woman has filed a lawsuit against a paving contractor after, she alleges, the company's negligence caused severe and lasting pain and bodily harm. The woman was crossing the last two lanes of a street when, the lawsuit claims, an unexpected drop in the pavement caused her to fall. This fall resulted in the woman breaking her left foot.

Spinal injuries from Giant Eagle's hazardous conditions?

To anyone in Washington, D.C., who has never experienced it, slipping and falling may sound like a minor or temporary inconvenience, but those who have suffered the consequences know that the results are often anything but. A woman in a nearby state suffered serious injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. She has filed a premises liability complaint against the locale where the incident took place, alleging that hazardous conditions were the reason for her fall.

The accident occurred in a Giant Eagle supermarket in Aug. 2017. The plaintiff, a business invitee to the store, claims that a pool of water caused her to fall. The lawsuit alleges that the puddle, located near the flowers at the entrance, created hazardous conditions, resulting in the woman suffering permanent, serious bodily damages.

Lawsuit claims surgical errors resulted in leg amputation

Whether in Washington, D.C., or anywhere in the nation, surgeons are supposed to be some of the most highly trained of all health care providers. This is to ensure that they can perform intricate surgical procedures precisely, as surgical errors put patients' health and well-being at stake. In another state, a recently filed lawsuit appears to illustrate this very point.

A patient is suing Baptist Healthcare Systems and several other defendants for medical malpractice. The complaint alleges that the company itself, as well as its office of orthopedics and sports medicine and a doctor in the company's employ all acted negligently. This alleged negligence came at a very high cost indeed, as the lawsuit claims that it resulted in the amputation of one of the plaintiff's legs.

Surgical errors allegedly lead to loss of 18 inches of intestine

Many Washington, D.C., residents dislike hospitals and fear surgery, but they find a way to overcome their fright by trusting in their doctors' training and expertise. For the unfortunate few patients who find themselves suffering in the aftermath of surgical errors, however, these fears prove to be well founded. What are patients to do when a health care provider's negligent mistake leaves them seriously – and sometimes permanently – injured and in pain?

For one woman in another state, the answer to that question was to file a lawsuit alleging medical negligence, and for good reason. The lawsuit against a regional medical center and a doctor there alleges that the surgeon left a large surgical tool inside the patient's body after her operation to remove an abdominal tumor. She was discharged from the hospital after her surgery mid-April, but several weeks later, at the beginning of May, she returned to the emergency room with severe abdominal, kidney and back pain.

Chain-reaction car accident claims life of young Maryland woman

A chain-reaction motor vehicle collision tragically claimed the life of a young Maryland woman. The car accident occurred early on a recent Thursday morning when the 21-year-old victim was leaving her place of work. A pickup truck following behind the young woman's car struck her vehicle from behind, forcing her car into a minivan that was stopped as both drivers waited at a traffic signal.

According to police, the pickup driver failed to stop or slow as he approached the victim's car, and the force of the collision when he rammed her vehicle from behind critically injured the woman. She was removed from the scene and transported to a hospital but later died from her injuries. Reports indicate that the driver of the minivan was unhurt.

Cost of hospital negligence? A teenage boy's life

Washington, D.C. residents trust in hospital medical staffs to provide knowledgeable care they need to keep them and their families healthy. In another state, that trust was apparently misplaced, and the cost of that hospital negligence was a teenage boy's life. The young man's parents filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, though the case was settled before it went to trial.

The lawsuit was filed against Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in June 2016 for the boy's 2014 death. As a child, he had been diagnosed with a kidney cyst that, though benign, required annual checkups. In May 2014, when the teenager began urinating blood, his mother took him to the emergency room of DHMC, where an ultrasound was performed.

Toxic American Airlines uniform a defective product?

Difficult as it may be to imagine, toxic exposure to hazardous chemicals still happens. Much of the exposure to these dangerous substances may occur in the workplace, but most responsible Washington, D.C. employers also follow the regulations set forth to ensure the safety of their workers by instructing them on the safe handling of such materials. Sometimes, though, the issue arises in an unexpected and alarming scenario, like a recent case involving allegations against American Airlines, claiming that the company worker's required uniforms are not merely a defective product but are potentially life-threatening.

It apparently all began when over 6,000 airline employees approached the Association of Flight Attendants with complaints regarding their new uniforms. When the union tested the clothing, a number of dangerous chemicals were discovered, including formaldehyde. In fact, one such chemical, Chlordane, is so toxic that it has been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Defective children's product accused of horribly injuring toddler

Products available for purchase by members of the Washington, D.C., public are expected to be safe for general use, or at least come with adequate instruction and warnings in cases where improper handling could result in injury. Such dangerous products, of course, should never be made available to children. In another state, though, a product liability lawsuit has been filed in regards to just such a defective children's product.

The product in question is a children's potty trainer, sold by Target. According to the lawsuit, a toddler was horrifically injured when his male organ became stuck to a part of the product during normal use. The family rushed the three-year-old to the emergency room, where doctors were forced to use glue to reattach the body part, which had been almost completely torn off. Physicians are apparently uncertain of the young boy's long-term prognosis and do not know whether the child will ever function normally again.

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