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.
Prospective North Carolina parents may be interested in learning more about avoidable medical injuries that can occur during childbirth. A 2009 study showed that there were 4.3 million childbirths in U.S. hospitals in 2006. Since childbirth is perhaps the most common reason for being hospitalized, the odds of being injured by malpractice during the procedure may not be as insignificant as some are led to believe.
In a recent highly publicized example of medical error, a Dallas hospital sent home a seriously ill patient who had a travel history to areas of West Africa where the Ebola outbreak has taken thousands of lives. This serious medical error may have been caused by a flaw in the hospital's software system that did not relay the travel history to all medical personnel. These kinds of medical errors can also happen in North Carolina.
North Carolina readers might be interested in the details of a $40 million medical malpractice lawsuit filed in an Oregon court. The suit alleges that hospital doctors and staff were negligent during the birth of a baby boy who was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. According to the complaint, the boy was born at 8:31 a.m. on Dec. 12, 2007. He was 15 days overdue and hospital staff had increased the mother's dosage of labor inducement drugs for 11 hours before telling her to start pushing. The baby's heartbeat dropped to a rate of 60 beats per minute for a period of six minutes, according to the medical malpractice attorney hired by the family.
North Carolina readers might be surprised to learn that diagnosis problems topped the list for most common lawsuits filed against cardiologists. A physician owned insurer, The Doctors Company, examined 429 cardiology claims filed between 2007 and 2013. According to the report, the leading cause of cardiology-related lawsuits were issues with diagnosis such as delayed diagnosis, wrong diagnosis and failure to diagnose.
Residents of North Carolina may have heard that the family of a Russian boxer who received injuries in a bout intends to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice after it was declared that he is bedridden and may never walk again. Magomed Abdusalamov competed in a vigorous fight in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, 2013. During the fight, Abdusalamov suffered a broken hand and jaw. His competitor landed 312 punches, some of which hit the fighter's head.
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 readers may be interested to know that a study at Vanderbilt University seems to indicate that long-term stays in the ICU can cause a loss of cognitive function that can last for up to a year after a patient's release. The results of the study, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed evidence that more than 30 percent of patients suffer from mental deficits that are similar to a moderate traumatic brain injury. It also indicated that another quarter of patients have issues that are similar to the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease. The results of this study may lead to techniques that yield better outcomes and cut down on the number of medical malpractice cases.
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.