Suing OSF Healthcare and a neurosurgeon in 2009, a Poplar Grove woman, Mary Friday, alleged that the doctor left her disabled by operating on the wrong side of her body. The case moved to trial nine years later.
Larry Diener, a truck driver and hobby farmer who was told by his doctors that he needed colon surgery in 2014, underwent a colon resection at Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital in Mattoon. Following the shoulder surgery, he got sick and took three rounds of antibiotics in 2018.
A recent incident urged a mother to consider filing a medical lawsuit. Her son was born with cerebral palsy and brain impairment. However, the mother found that Kentucky, where she lived, required medical malpractice lawsuits first go through a review panel of doctors before they reach the courts.
According to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the website MedPage, there have been more than 500 cases in which the doctors commit malpractice in one state and then obtain a clean license in another state. One such case came hit the headlines recently when Dr. Jay Riseman, who practiced surgery in Illinois, was sued for committing malpractice 13 times in his 15-year. He then moved to Kansas City and continued his medical career.
SSM Health Care will have to pay $1.36 million to a couple from Jefferson County for medical malpractice resulting in death of a 14 week old fetus in 2012. The trial continued for five days and the 12 jurors established that SSM was careless in releasing a pregnant woman when she was not well. The woman, Lindsey Setzer, reported to have been suffering from kidney stones and an infection in her urinary tract that led to the loss of her fetus.
If you have suffered harm at the hands of a healthcare provider, be it a nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or another health professional, you may have a cause of action to file a medical malpractice suit against the healthcare professional and recoup damages for your losses. However, in order to win your lawsuit, you will have to prove that the professional in question breached the medical standard of care owed to you. Our lawyers at the office of Newland and Newland can assist you in understanding what the medical standard of care is and how to prove it.
Doctors make many mistakes; in fact, medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States. While doctors may be faulted for failing to treat a patient, for misdiagnosing a patient, or for committing a serious surgical error, what is rarely heard about or condemned is over-treating a patient. Over-treating a patient can be expensive for the patient, and even dangerous in some cases. Indeed, in certain situations, a patient’s over-treatment may warrant a medical malpractice claim.
Over-Treatment of Patients Cause for Concern
A newlywed couple is suing two Cooley Dickinson Hospital (CDH) doctors over an alleged improperly performed birth that left their newborn daughter permanently injured with cerebral palsy. The couple filed the lawsuit in early 2016 in the Hampshire Superior Court. According to the lawsuit, the doctors, Jay Sprong and Lisa Stephens, neglected to explain the risks of a vaginal birth after a previous Cesarean delivery (c-section).
In Illinois, the lead plastic surgeon Dr. Shah of A New You clinic in Cook County will potentially pay $50,000 for grossly violating a woman’s privacy by intentionally posting pictures of her breast augmentation online and causing her emotional distress.
Before you can have a medical procedure performed, you must provide the doctor with informed consent. This is because you have bodily autonomy, the right to control what happens to your body. Many medical procedures carry some level of risk of adverse side effects or complications, and a key component of bodily autonomy is having the right to decide for yourself whether a specific medical procedure’s benefits outweigh these risks.