Medical Malpractice FAQ

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The relationship between doctor and patient is one founded on trust. The patient relies on the physician to provide the best care possible, using recognized standards of quality and experience. Even though most physicians are scrupulous in the execution of their medical duties, mistakes can occur. When these mistakes lead to injury or death, a medical malpractice case may be filed to compensate the injured party or the surviving family for their losses. A medical malpractice FAQ can help to inform the public at large about the procedures for filing a case. What Is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice is defined…

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Medical malpractice claim for non-treatment of Addisonian crisis

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Citizens in Tennessee, like those in other states, have a right to adequate medical care. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to read reports of doctors or medical facilities facingmedical malpractice lawsuits due to their failure to provide care to an acceptable standard. A husband and wife in another state recently filed such a claim against several parties who allegedly failed to provide proper medical care in Oct. 2013. According to court documents, the wife went to the emergency room at the defendant’s facility on Oct. 21, 2013. She claims to have been suffering an Addisonian crisis, also known as acute…

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Surgical errors: Jury awards $7.5 million after colon surgery

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When patients in Tennessee are scheduled for surgeries, the risks associated with the procedures will likely be explained. Although the risks are accepted by most, surgeons are expected to uphold the high standard of care that is expected of medical professionals. Patients typically trust their surgeons to minimize the potential risks by proceeding with maximum care. When surgical errors occur, patients may have viable medical malpracticeclaims. Such a lawsuit was filed by a couple in another state following a botched colon surgery. A jury awarded the couple in excess of $7.5 million in damages after finding a surgical clinic guilty…

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Couple files medical malpractice suit after death of newborn son

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Losing a child at birth is an experience not wished upon anybody. Tennessee parents will likely empathize with a couple who recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in another state after their newborn baby died shortly after birth. A medical facility and a physician were named as defendants. Court documents show that the plaintiff went to the medical center when she went into labor shortly before midnight on a night in November 2011. The plaintiffs assert that, although the heart monitor indicated the unborn child’s distress within minutes, medical staff failed to inform the doctor. It is alleged that the…

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Medical malpractice: Doctor fails to remove entire appendix

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Patients nationwide, including in Tennessee, typically expect medical professionals to provide a level of care that would resolve their medical issues, or, at least, ensure improved health. Unfortunately, some doctors fail to uphold reasonable standards of care, often having to face medical malpractice lawsuits as the result. It is surprising that there are cases in which surgical procedures that are typically regarded as routine, such as appendectomies, are botched. A doctor and a medical facility in another state are facing a lawsuit that was filed by a former patient claiming medical malpractice. According to the complaint, the defendant doctor performed…

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Man innocent of murder files medical malpractice claim

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A Tennessee man who was found not guilty of murdering his father in 2014 has filed a lawsuit against a health clinic, a nurse practitioner and two doctors. Court documents related to the medical malpractice lawsuit show that he claims that their negligence led to an incident in which he killed his father. In the murder trial, the judge found him to be insane at the time, and he is currently being treated at a mental health institute. The complaint states that the defendants altered his medication routine, causing withdrawal symptoms that brought about paranoia and delusions. While the home…

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Failed epidural leads to $4.25 million medical malpractice award

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Regardless of how well Tennessee women have coped with nine months of pregnancy, the imminent birthing process is likely to produce anxiety. Even when it is not a first child, a number of things can go wrong with the baby or the mother during labor. This was the case for a mother in another state who is partially paralyzed after the birth of her third child. A jury recently awarded her $4.25 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit she filed against the doctor who administered the epidural. The 35-year-old mother asserts that the permanent damage to her spinal cord was…

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Woman sues for misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis

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Failure to appropriately diagnose individuals can cause a number of injuries to a patient. Misdiagnosis is also the cause for many medical malpractice suits that are filed in Tennessee and other parts of the country. A woman filed a claim against a medical facility after there was an apparent diagnosis error. The woman filed the claim against Baptist Health and also a former neurologist. Back in 2010, the woman went in for treatment of back aches and headaches and was diagnosed with a condition called multiple sclerosis. The diagnosis caused the woman to undergo costly tests and also treatment. Later…

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Birth injury leads to medical malpractice lawsuit

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Bringing a child into the world is a time of incredible excitement, but one that is also colored with a degree of fear. No two birth experiences are the same, and all expectant parents in Tennessee are well aware that there are a number of things that could go wrong. This is why so much care goes into choosing the right physician to attend to the birth, as well as the best possible medical facility to support the birth. When that trust is misplaced, the result can be a serious birth injury and a shift in the course of the…

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Birth injury leads to medical malpractice lawsuit

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Bringing a child into the world is a time of incredible excitement, but one that is also colored with a degree of fear. No two birth experiences are the same, and all expectant parents in Tennessee are well aware that there are a number of things that could go wrong. This is why so much care goes into choosing the right physician to attend to the birth, as well as the best possible medical facility to support the birth. When that trust is misplaced, the result can be a serious birth injury and a shift in the course of the…

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Joan Rivers’ death linked to surgical errors

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Surgery is an event that many people do not want to go through, especially because of possible errors that could occur. Many Tennessee blog readers may remember Joan Rivers, who died due to surgical errors while having surgery months ago. Now, the clinic where she had her procedure has lost its accreditation and can no longer accept payments from Medicare or Medicaid. Rivers went into the clinic for a routine endoscopy. Instead, she stopped breathing during the procedure and later died. An investigation determined that the clinic had not followed proper standards, and the doctors failed to realize that Rivers’…

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Jury awards $18 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

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Expectant parents in Tennessee know of the joy and anxiety that come with the impending birth of a new child. Although the time is exciting, there are many things that could go wrong, which can result in serious consequences for both the baby and the mother. One out-of-state woman claims that medical malpractice resulted in serious injury to her son. A jury recently agreed with her. The woman was induced in 2007. While the lawsuit says a doctor left standing orders for her care, she says her prolonged labor resulted in lack of oxygen for her baby. She additionally claims…

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Surgical errors pose significant risk to patients

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With the recent media coverage surrounding the presence of Ebola in a select few U.S. cities, many in Tennessee might think that there is a significant risk of encountering the disease while seeking treatment in area hospitals. In reality, however, the risk of contracting Ebola is incredibly low, while there are other dangers that pose a far greater threat. Surgical errors are among these dangers, and anyone who is preparing for a surgical procedure should be aware of the track record for the chosen medical facility. Statistics suggest that as many as one third of all patients will be subjected…

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The case for medical malpractice in the death of Joan Rivers

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There has been much speculation as to what may have led to the death of Joan Rivers, the well-known and outspoken comic. She apparently sought a medical procedure at a private clinic and died days later after doctors at the hospital placed her in a medically induced coma from which she never fully recovered. There may be a cause of action formedical malpractice, and fans across Tennessee and elsewhere may be interested in what follows. One of the most surprising facts that have come out of the investigation thus far is that the physician performing a routine endoscopy is said to have admitted to taking a “selfie” just moments…

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