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Man awarded $2.3 million by jury in malpractice suit

New York readers may have heard about a 52-year-old man who checked into Nyack Hospital for a routine MRI, only to suffer a serious infection that required further hospitalization and left the man with debilitating injuries to his hip. After a three-week trial, a jury in Rockland County has awarded the man $2.3 million in damages.

The man claimed the infection began when he received a routine injection prior to undergoing an MRI. He came back a few days later for a test, but doctors allegedly didn't realize that the man was suffering from a serious and painful bacterial infection that damaged his bones. Two days after being released, the man was rushed back to Nyack Hospital at 5 a.m. for treatment of the infection. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done. The man, who made his living as a construction worker, may never be able to work again. In addition, a lot of the leisure activities he used to enjoy are now painful ordeals.

Lawsuit alleges doctor errors killed woman after surgery

People in New York may have heard about a recent medical malpractice lawsuit that was brought by the family of a woman who died after surgeons made grievous errors that cost the woman her life. The case has recently gone to trial, and, depending on the outcome, the plaintiff could receive a significant award for the death of their beloved family member.

The incident began back in February of 2009, when a team of doctors operating on the woman left a sponge inside the woman's abdomen. After the botched surgery, the doctors operated on the woman to try to remove the sponge twice in the following months, but failed both times. During one of these failed operations, her spleen was injured.

$16.7 million malpractice award in misdiagnosis lawsuit

People in New York may have heard about a recent medical malpractice lawsuit in Massachusetts that ended in a jury's decision to award the daughter of a lung cancer victim $16.7 million after doctor negligence failed to properly diagnose the cancer. The verdict is the largest sum in a medical malpractice case in the state so far this year.

The case began back in 2006, when a woman went to the emergency room with a bad cough. Doctors there ordered a chest X-ray, and then diagnosed her with a respiratory infection and sent her home with some antibiotics for her condition. About a year later the woman returned with the same symptoms, which had grown even worse during that time. She and her family were shocked to find out at that time that she was suffering from advanced lung cancer and had only months to live. She died of lung cancer only seven months later at the age of 47.

Painkiller use, medication errors still a national problem

People in New York may have seen a recent news article about the new epidemic in modern medicine, the reliance on and use of prescription painkillers by millions of Americans. According to the White House, painkiller abuse is a growing national crisis, yet doctors and leaders within the FDA stress the importance of keeping these potentially dangerous drugs accessible to the millions of Americans who depend on these drugs for relief from chronic pain. According to the FDA Commissioner, this group includes roughly 100 million people. In fact, the painkiller hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed medicine in the U.S.

On the other hand, these drugs are incredibly dangerous, leading to more than 16,000 deaths each year. In fact, these drugs cause more deadly overdoses than both cocaine and heroin. This can be due to dosing errors or opioid dependence, as these painkillers have a well-documented potential for abuse, especially by those who have built up a tolerance to them over time.

Woman forced into C-section birth at hospital

People in New York may have heard about a very controversial birth that took place at Staten Island University Hospital almost three years ago, and how the mother giving birth to her third child was allegedly forced into having a C-section instead of a traditional birth. The story is still making headlines today, as the woman and her legal counsel have brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who treated her that day and allegedly forced her to undergo the cesarean section procedure against her will.

New York requires hospitals to publish the rate of pregnancies that involve a C-section, and the statistics show that the procedure is being relied upon more and more. In 2011, the statewide rate of C-section births was almost 35%, even though the World Health Organization recommends a rate of no higher than 15%. Nationwide, the U.S. average is over double this recommended rate.

Woman who lost her legs gets $62 million verdict

People in New York may have heard about a Brooklyn woman who endured a medical nightmare and her hard-fought battle for justice against the doctors whose malpractice cost her the use of her legs. That battle has now come to a conclusion with a resounding victory for the woman, who was awarded $62 million in damages after a jury found that the hospital and three of the doctors who treated her were guilty of medical malpractice. Earlier this month, a New York Supreme Court Justice upheld the verdict as supported by competent evidence, ruling against the defendants' motion for a new trial.

The victim, a 33-year-old single mother, had gone to Winthrop University Hospital in Long Island for a gynecological procedure, but things quickly took a terrible turn for the worst when doctors accidentally punctured her colon. These doctor errors led to a massive infection that overtook the woman's body, nearly killing her. Her worsened condition continued until her heart stopped three times, and frantic doctors amputated both of her legs in an attempt to stop the spread of the infection. Her life was saved by a thread, but the procedure left her with serious hearing damage and no legs from the knee down.

Lawsuit alleges doctor errors in ADHD patient case

People in New York may have seen a recent news article about a family who lost their son to suicide two years ago. The family has now brought a court case against the psychiatrists responsible for his diagnoses and subsequent care. The young man, age 24, had been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, or ADHD. ADHD is becoming an increasingly common diagnosis, particularly, amongst younger generations. However, the family's lawsuit begs the question whether the young man in this case, and potentially many thousands of other patients, have been misdiagnosed with ADHD.

The family of the deceased said they had no intention of filing a lawsuit until they saw the tremendous outpouring of support and acknowledgement from other families in the exact same situation. After seeing that the mistreatment and misdiagnosis of ADHD had harmed so many lives, they decided to take action. They filed a lawsuit against the two doctors, claiming a number of doctor errors. The lawsuit alleges that they misdiagnosed him, got him hooked on an inappropriately prescribed drug, failed to monitor him and never communicated about his care between each other.

Failure to diagnose breast cancer results in $5.2M settlement

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 232,670 women and 2,360 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during 2014. In recent years, the prevalence of breast cancer has resulted in increased funding, research and treatment options. Despite these advancements, an estimated 44,030 individuals will die of the disease this year alone.

As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis and treatment is crucial to improving an individual's chances of survival. Upon diagnosis, tests are done to determine whether the cancerous cells have spread to other parts of an individual's body. The results of these tests allow doctors to determine the stage of breast cancer and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Stages are categorized numerically from 0 to four with stage IV being the most serious form of breast cancer.

Man forced to undergo second appendectomy sues surgeon and hospital

When faced with a serious injury, illness or medical condition; New York City residents readily turn to medical professionals for help and care. This is especially true in cases where an individual experiences excruciating pain and requires immediate medical attention as is the case with appendicitis.

Individuals diagnosed with appendicitis almost always undergo a surgical procedure known as an appendectomy where the appendix is removed. In January of 2013, a New York man underwent an appendectomy after being diagnosed as suffering appendicitis. The appendectomy, which is described by the National Institutes of Health as being amongst the "most common emergency surgical procedures" in the U.S., was performed by the hospital's director of surgery.

Infant's preventable death results in $1.25M verdict

Expectant parents are often overjoyed when the day finally arrives to welcome a son or daughter into their family. In cases where a mother delivers a baby early, the baby is often smaller and will likely require special medical care. The lungs and other vital organs of premature babies may not be fully developed so premies often spend days or weeks in a hospital's neonatal intensive care unit where they can be closely monitored by doctors and nurses.

A couple was recently awarded a $1.25 million settlement in relation to a medical malpractice lawsuit filed after the 2009 death of their infant daughter. According to the lawsuit, the couple blamed a radiologist for failing to notice or take action with regard to an improperly placed catheter which ultimately contributed to the infant's death.