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April 2017 Archives

Apparent surgical error results in removal of wrong organ

Patients in Washington, D.C. who undergo surgery are under anesthesia the whole time, meaning they are unconscious and helpless, their very lives placed in the surgeons' hands. With such high stakes, surgeons are expected to carefully review all pertinent information before every surgery to ensure they are fully prepared to perform each operation correctly and avoid surgical error. How frightening, then, to think that a surgeon might claim to have reviewed all appropriate documents and be familiar with a patient's case, only for the patient to awaken and find that the surgeon had removed a perfectly healthy organ instead of a cancerous tumor.

Family suing for exposure injuries from prescription medication

Doctors in Washington, D.C. and everywhere else in the country have the responsibility to ensure that the medications they prescribe to patients don't end up doing more harm than good. It is important to make sure that a patient is informed and aware of the potential side effects and hazards associated with any prescription medication, to minimize risk and maximize safety. In another state, a man and his wife are suing on behalf of their family after a slew of health problems resulted from just such a failure to inform.

Woman mistakenly given prescription medication at 10x normal dose

Most people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between two completely different types of medication at a glance, let alone whether the pills they were taking as prescribed were of a different dosage than usual. For this reason, residents of Washington, D.C. rely on their pharmacists to be conscientious when it comes to filling their prescriptions, because when it comes to prescription medication, even "small" pharmaceutical errors can prove devastating if not fatal. A woman in another state saw firsthand just how dangerous such mistakes can be.

Walmart shopper seeking $1M after slip-and-fall accident

When Washington, D.C. individuals enter a business, they have the reasonable right to expect a safe environment. That is, business owners are legally responsible for ensuring that their properties are free of hazardous conditions that could cause injury to others who come to the premises to visit or shop. In another state, a Walmart allegedly failed to do just that and is facing a premises liability lawsuit over a slip-and-fall accident that occurred there.

Johnson & Johnson sued over prescription medication Xarelto

As many residents of Washington, D.C., may already be aware, 2016 was not the best year for the company Johnson & Johnson, and, with thousands of both state and federal lawsuits against them already, 2017 isn't shaping up to be much better. This newest round of pharmaceutical litigation involves the prescription medication Xarelto. The lawsuits all involve individuals who experienced severe internal bleeding after taking the anticoagulant.

Controversial medical malpractice bill proposes damage cap

A controversial bill in another state may, if it passes, have far-reaching consequences that could spread across the nation, setting a precedent that could potentially affect residents of Washington, D.C. The proposed bill hopes to cap limits on non-economic awards -- like damages for pain and suffering – in medical malpractice lawsuits. The bill also hopes to pre-screen for merit in these cases, requiring certification to prove that the litigation is strong enough to move forward to trial.

Guilty plea entered re drunk driving accident

A man who was accused of causing the deaths of five people was scheduled to go to trial on a recent Monday. The drunk driving accident in which he was involved occurred in Oct. 2014. The man pleaded guilty to five separate charges of negligent manslaughter, along with a slew of additional charges.

Monsanto facing product liability suit over weed-killer Roundup

Monsanto is likely a name familiar to most residents of Washington, D.C. The multi-billion-dollar corporation is making national headlines yet again after a slew of complaints in state and federal courts across the country over the health risks of a chemical in one of their products. In another state, the company is facing a product liability suit brought by a group of 40 individuals who allege exposure to the company's weed-killing product Roundup directly resulted in their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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