Jamie Fast lost her viable unborn son. She attributed the loss to an alleged failure by her health care providers to timely recognize and act upon the risk she would develop gestational diabetes. The Fasts sued for the mom’s own personal injury claim, and for a wrongful death claim for the loss of her baby. […]
Darla suffered from sleep apnea. She underwent surgery involving cutting bone on the upper and lower jaws to advance them, thereby opening airway space to improve her breathing. After surgery Darla suffered pain and green pus exuded from one of her surgical wounds. She went for a follow-up. She continued to experience pain and […]
Raymond Grove underwent a six hour cardiac surgery performed by Dr. Leone. Dr. Leone remained Grove’s primary physician until Dr. Leone left for Christmas vacation December 25, when a second doctor, and then a few days later a third, took over. Grove had a difficult recovery from surgery. He developed pneumonia and a blood infection. […]
A patient went to a dermatology clinic and had Botox and Restylane injections. A physician’s assistant injected Restylane into her forehead, not knowing that the Food and Drug Administration had not approved the use of Restylane because it increased the risk of necrosis.
Ron was diagnosed with a tumor in his kidney. A urologist performed surgery to remove the kidney. Ron’s abdominal aorta was lacerated during the surgery. A vascular surgeon was called in to repair the aorta. Immediately after surgery, Ron developed a condition in which increased pressure in one compartment of the body compromises the […]
When Jaryd was nine years old he suffered from headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness in his legs, and double vision. A doctor reviewed an MRI of Jaryd and found it to be normal. Jaryd had another MRI when he was 17. This time the radiologist who reviewed the MRI found an Arnold Chiari Type I Malformation, […]
A man’s psychiatrist prescribed the drug Lamictal, brand name for the drug lamotrigine. His psychiatrist told him that in rare instances, a rash may develop from taking Lamictal, and that he should stop taking it right away if he saw a rash. After he started Lamictal he began suffering flu-like symptoms, eye, mouth and throat […]
A nine-year-old boy suffered headaches, dizziness, nausea, weakness in the legs, and double vision. He underwent an MRI, which a doctor reviewed and found to be normal. Later when the boy was 17, he underwent another MRI reviewed by a different doctor. The second doctor found a serious condition, and reviewed the previous MRI that […]
A woman sought elective facial injections, in an effort to look more “rested.” The result was necrosis that left permanent, deep scarring.
A doctor misdiagnosed a woman’s ectopic pregnancy and removed the wrong Fallopian tube. The woman later had the other Fallopian tube removed in a second surgery. She sued. The jury returned a verdict of $71,795.53. When the jury deliberated one juror looked up the word “negligence” in a dictionary (even though it is properly defined […]
The Court of Appeals ruling discussed in the post was later overturned by the Washington State Supreme Court. The Washington Court of Appeals recently upheld the trial court in finding that in Washington medical malpractice law – as in baseball – there is no such thing as a “team” error. A man underwent a […]
A man found a lump on his right ankle causing him minor discomfort. He went to his doctor, who tentatively diagnosed the lump as a benign ganglion cyst, ordered an x-ray of the ankle to ensure no structural defects, referred the man to an orthopedic specialist, and instructed him to follow-up as necessary. The man […]
A woman had a pacemaker. She went to her doctor. She was told her pacemaker had about five to six months battery life before needing to be replaced. A month later, the woman died of cardiac arrhythmia. During an autopsy the pacemaker was removed and tested. The battery voltage was below end-of-life level, contrary to […]
John Doe goes to the dentist. The dentist does a lot of work on John’s teeth. Later John goes to a second dentist. The second dentist concludes the first dentist did some work wrong, and now John needs some corrective work done.
A mentally disturbed woman died in a single-car accident after admitting herself for psychiatric treatment, then being released.
A woman who suffered from kidney disease had a disagreement with her doctor and stopped receiving medical care. She relocated and changed doctors.
Suppose because of medical negligence the patient’s chances of survival – or other better outcome – are significantly reduced, but perhaps still less than even. The doctors might argue that even though they were negligent, their negligence did not cause the patient’s death. That argument fails in Washington. Washington courts recognize the cause of […]