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November 2017 Archives

Medtech accused of switching prescription medication

When Washington, D.C residents finally realize they can no longer care for aging relatives at home, many spend a good deal of time trying to find the best possible nursing home or assisted living facility to care for their elderly or infirm loved ones. Doing so can be crucial, as such individuals are often dependent on the staff at these medical facilities for all their daily needs, from food preparation to hygiene to administering prescription medication and more. Frighteningly, in another state, this trust appears to have been misplaced, and the family has filed a lawsuit.

Medical malpractice case: Nursing home put profits before patient

Families in Washington, D.C., often have no choice but to entrust the care of their aging, infirm loved ones to medical professionals or trained staff at nursing home facilities. Sadly, that trust is sometimes misplaced, such as in a recent medical malpractice case in another state. The lawsuit involved a 70-year-old patient, now deceased, who suffered from broken bones, pneumonia and more, all while under the supposed "professional care" of a medical facility.

Medication errors can be life-threatening, even fatal

Washington, D.C. residents and individuals across the country rely on pharmacies like Walgreens for the prescriptions to help them regain, or maintain, their health. Most pharmacists are highly trained and conscientious, focused on ensuring the well-being of their customers. When medication errors do happen, the results can be life-threatening, as seems to be the case regarding a recently filed lawsuit in another state.

Lawsuit alleges hospital negligence led to death of infant

A recently filed lawsuit in another state involves a situation that is most every Washington, D.C. mother's worst nightmare. A woman is suing for $8 million for hospital negligence after the loss of her newborn son. She blames medical staff for the smothering death of her baby due to an unfortunate series of events involving strong medications and alleged carelessness on the part of medical staff.

Surgical errors result in $2M in medical malpractice damages

Operations can be lifesaving and Washington, D.C., is full of top-notch surgeons who take their career responsibilities seriously. Unfortunately, not all doctors -- in D.C. or elsewhere in the nation -- are always so careful. When surgical errors do occur, they can be particularly devastating, as the very procedure that was supposed to make the patient better instead leaves him or her worse off than before, sometimes permanently.

$12M awarded after medication error causes brain damage

In the medical world, there are few "simple mistakes" when human lives are on the line. While it didn't occur in Washington, D.C., the details in a recent medical malpractice case are enough to strike fear into the hearts of anyone, anywhere. The lawsuit in question involved an alleged medication error by a physician fresh out of school, and his error in judgement apparently left a woman in a vegetative state.

Help for Washington, D.C. slip-and-fall accident victims

Falling due to negligent maintenance in a Washington D.C. parking lot or store is one thing; unacceptable and awful, but not unheard of. More difficult to imagine, perhaps, is a slip-and-fall accident that occurs at a medical facility. Such a place, one would expect, would be extra careful about safety and would make sure to take extra precautions. However, a recently filed complaint in another state alleges just such an occurrence.

Family awarded $17M in medical malpractice trial re brain damage

Injuries and damage to the brain can vary in severity or symptoms. Sadly, the effects are frequently serious and long-lasting, even permanent. Individuals who suffer severe brain damage often require costly ongoing medical treatment and around-the-clock care. An incident such as a falling object or a Washington, D.C. motor vehicle accident that leaves someone with a traumatic brain injury is devastating enough, but perhaps even more upsetting to imagine is if a doctor – an individual so many rely on for their health and well-being – makes an error that leaves a child with permanent brain damage.

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