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Doctor errors leaves patient comatose, lawsuit

Any surgery carries some degree of risk. However, a patient undergoing heart surgery in New York likely has a significant amount of concerns, often somewhat alleviated by the knowledge that an experienced doctor will be taking care of them. Unfortunately, a lawsuit filed in another state claims that doctor errors ultimately led to severe harm to a patient undergoing heart surgery.

The surgery took place in 2012. According to reports, a 76-year-old man reportedly needed heart surgery to repair a damaged aorta and replace a heart valve. While a representative for the doctor claims that the surgery went smoothly, the patient's family claims that excessive bleeding complicated the procedure from the start. Despite this, the lawsuit claims that the doctor left the operating room -- and then the hospital altogether -- allowing a physician's assistance to close the patient.

Lawsuit claiming doctor errors wins appeal

For many people in New York and across the country, the knowledge that they have a tumor creates turmoil and stress. They rely on their doctors and other medical care providers to help them understand their treatment options. Most expect that doctors will pursue the most effective, but least invasive forms of treatment. However, a lawsuit filed in another state claims that doctor errors resulted in an unnecessary surgery that caused brain damage due to a stroke.

The incident happened in 2011 when the plaintiff was only 15 years old. His lawsuit claims that he suffered from a tumor on his pituitary gland. While he argues that a simple blood test would have revealed that his tumor could have been treated without surgery, the doctor treating him allegedly failed to conduct the test; however, the test was administered after surgery and indicated that other treatment methods would have been appropriate. The surgery reportedly resulted in a stroke that the plaintiff claims caused permanent and debilitating injuries, including blindness. The defendants argue that the patient was appropriately informed about the surgery and agreed to it.

Effects brain injuries can have on other parts of the body

There are numerous symptoms associated with traumatic brain injuries, including, but not limited to, mental confusion, mood disorders, slurred speech, persistent headaches, sensory issues and chronic irritability. 

An injury of such severity undoubtedly has a significant impact on the person's mental faculties. However, recent research suggests the impact of a traumatic brain injury may extend far beyond the mental. The person may experience complications in other areas of the body years down the line. This only increases the necessity to seek medical treatment as soon as the injury occurs. 

Doctor errors caused teenager's death

Many people in New York undergo routine dental procedures. Often, the fact that these procedures are considered "routine" puts patients' minds at ease. However, even relatively routine procedures come with risks, especially if medical care personnel are not properly trained and do not appropriately monitor a patient for signs of medical distress. For example, a recent lawsuit alleging doctor errors resulted in a $2 million award to the family of a teenager who died after a tooth extraction.

The incident that led to the 17-year-old teenager's death happened in June 2015. According to reports, the patient was a healthy and active high school student when she underwent the procedure. However, the lawsuit alleges that the dentist performing the surgery made several mistakes, ultimately causing the young girl to stop breathing and resulting in a seizure.

Avoiding slips and falls in winter

Cold weather accompanied by ice, snow and other types of precipitation can be dangerous when it creates slippery conditions. In fact, slip-and-fall accidents can lead to brain injuries and head trauma.

Here are some ways in which you can keep yourself and others safe from slipping and falling this winter.

Child injury results in criminal charge

Many parents in New York and across the country have to work in order to support their families. As a result, parents are left to make difficult decisions about who will care for their children when they are unable to do so on their own. Unfortunately, police have recently arrested a babysitter in another state, claiming she caused a child injury to a toddler left in her care.

The incident that led to the arrest happened in September, although she was only recently arrested. According to reports, the woman called 911, claiming that an 18-month-old in her care had fallen down the steps. The child was transported to the hospital where she was diagnosed with external injuries in addition to a brain bleed.

Jury awards millions in case involving doctor errors

A person in New York who is sick enough to visit the emergency room places a great deal of faith in the medical care providers he or she will see while there. Often, these patients are in too much pain or experiencing too much anxiety to fully understand their medical situation. Unfortunately, the decisions that doctors must make often have life-altering implications. For example, a lawsuit filed on behalf of a woman in a persistent vegetative state claims that doctor errors resulted in brain damage.

At the time, the woman had a history of blood that was too thin. Traditionally when such an event occurred, she was treated with fresh frozen plasma, Vitamin K or some combination of the two. However, a doctor -- who, according to the lawsuit, had only recently completed medical school -- and her attending physician made the decision to administer a drug called Profilnine.

Top 3 causes of brain injuries in the workplace

Getting a head or brain injury while at work may be likelier than you expect. Even if you work in a retail or office environment, you could still get a traumatic brain injury. You do not necessarily need to work in construction to be at risk. 

What causes brain injuries in the workplace? What hazards can you watch out for? Read below for an overview of how brain injuries can occur at work. 

Settlement reached in case alleging doctor errors

For most people in New York, having a baby is a time of excitement and anticipation. However, because there are potential complications that can be devastating for mothers, they need skilled medical care. Unfortunately, a recently settled lawsuit alleged that doctor errors caused a severe brain bleed for a teenager in another state.

The victim in the lawsuit was 15 when she underwent an emergency cesarean section. According to reports, the teenager was 35 weeks pregnant when doctors discovered an issue with the placenta and umbilical cord. As a result, the C-section was performed.

Football child injury led to men's death, lawsuit

Football players in New York and across the country often await their favorite football team's next game. Despite the popularity of the sport, additional research is placing a spotlight on the risk these players may face. This harm can even be seen in those who played as youths. In fact, allegations regarding a child injury suffered by two football players are now at the center of a court case.

The federal case filed in another state involves two mothers who are seeking justice for the death of their sons. Both sons played football for the defendant in the case -- Pop Warner, a league of approximately 200,000 youth participants. Unfortunately, one of the mothers lost her son in a motorcycle accident. An autopsy revealed that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, believed to have been caused by his experiences playing youth football; his mother claims that his condition caused him to behave erratically and dangerously, resulting in the motorcycle accident that took his life.

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