In March 2015, the family suing a neurosurgeon had their pain and suffering damages restored to $512,161 by a Superior Court Judge that had previously been reduced to $1 by the jury in Henderson County. Complications such as this may occur in North Carolina and around the country. The family of the now deceased woman sued the neurosurgeon for malpractice after she suffered chronic pain and other problems following the second surgery he performed.
Concierge medicine began in 2000, and it is available in some North Carolina cities. The largest group concierge medicine practice is MDVIP, which has about 800 physicians in 41 states. Those seeking care from MDVIP physicians pay a membership fee annually. In exchange, patients are promised quick access to their doctor and exceptional care because physicians limit their patient load to ensure adequate time for personalized care.
When people visit emergency rooms in North Carolina, it is often because they have a serious medical problem. If the patient spends too long in the hospital waiting room or their medical problem is not treated properly once they are seen, the results can be devastating.
With drug-resistant bacteria and other safety risks becoming a bigger concern for hospitals, it is becoming increasingly more important that South Carolina patients become aware of how they can reduce the risks of infection or other complications during their hospital stay. With medical errors estimated to cause the deaths of more than 400,000 patients each year, taking several preventative steps may just save a patient's life.
North Carolina residents may be interested in a recent case concerning a boxer injured in a November 2013 match in New York City. The family of the Russian heavyweight fighter believes that, after the fight, doctors assigned by the New York State Athletic Commission to the match did not provide the medical attention the fighter needed and that such doctor negligence contributed to the fighter's condition worsening and, eventually, caused him to fall into a coma.
North Carolina medical patients may want to know the story behind a formerly active 72-year-old left in a vegetative state after his cardiac surgeon allegedly walked off during the operation to attend a luncheon. The man's family was seeking answers about the apparent medical malpractice, in which, they claim, the surgeon left an unqualified physician's assistant to close up the patient's open chest cavity. Complications arose, and the cardiologist was called back from the luncheon, which was up to 30 minutes away. The patient's heart stopped, and serious and irreversible brain damage was the result.
North Carolinians may have read about a federal court granting an Army veteran $8.3 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against John Cochran VA Medical Center. The lawsuit followed a routine procedure that led to the longtime Missouri postal worker suffering severe brain damage and losing a leg.
An investigative reporting team joined with a team of producers and reporters from Cox Media Group held outlets to produce an analysis of a huge federal database of government payouts for health-related Department of Veterans Affairs lawsuits and settlements. The result was the discovery of almost 4,500 cases of alleged medical malpractice that the VA settled or lost outright across the U.S. for the preceding decade. Taxpayers reportedly paid out $845 million in these cases.
North Carolina hospitals may join the ranks of facilities offering robot-assisted surgery, but one doctor in Colorado stood accused of promoting the futuristic option to the exclusion of other, possibly safer, methods. Medical malpractice suits could arise from the 10 patients treated by that surgeon using the robotic method between 2008 and 2011. An April 2013 complaint made by the Colorado Medical Board stated that five patients suffered punctured or torn arteries, two had objects temporarily left inside them after surgery and others suffered nerve damage. One patient died and another required cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to the complaint, which charged the Denver doctor with 14 counts of unprofessional conduct. Included were allegations that he sometimes did not advise patients on alternatives to robotic surgery.
Many North Carolina residents may have already heard about the medical malpractice case that occurred recently in Ohio involving a mistakenly discarded donor organ. A family has initiated a lawsuit against the University of Toledo Medical Center claiming that hospital negligence led to one of its nurses throwing away a kidney that had been donated by a 21-year-old brother to his 24-year-old sister, who was suffering from end-stage renal disease.