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Medical malpractice: Nursing home faces lawsuits

Massachusetts residents often have to make the difficult decision to leave elderly or disabled loved ones in the care of a nursing home facility. Often, loved ones require more medical and physical care than some individuals can offer their loved ones in their own homes. Sadly, medical malpractice may occur in a nursing home with vulnerable patients suffering the consequences. One nursing home in another state has been reported for facing multiple lawsuits and accusations of inadequate care.

The nursing home faces more than one lawsuit for different patients. A recent lawsuit is classified as wrongful death. According to the lawsuit, the facility owner was involved in a motor vehicle accident while he was transporting three nursing home residents. Sadly, one of the residents suffered serious injuries and died more than a week later.

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Medical malpractice: Woman dies after both kidneys removed

There are a variety of tests doctors use to help diagnose patients with cancer and other diseases. The results of these tests are then used to determine a path of treatment, and as such, an incorrect diagnosis could lead to improper medical care. People in Massachusetts may be shocked to learn that doctors in another state wrongfully removed one woman's kidneys despite tests results indicating they were not cancerous. The woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit following the error.

The 73-year-old woman was initially evaluated for cancer in her kidneys. According to the lawsuit, the results of biopsies concluded that no cancer was present. Despite the test results, doctors proceeded to remove both her kidneys during a subsequent operation.

8 families claim tragic deaths are a result of doctor error

Typically, when a physician in a hospital makes an order for a specific medication, it must be approved and released by a licensed pharmacist. Nurses, who most often administer medications to patients, are also most likely aware of appropriate dosage amounts of most drugs. Sadly, eight different cases of doctor error indicate that something in the system of one hospital was not working to ensure correct medication dosage to patients. Massachusetts patients may be interested to learn that eight wrongful death lawsuits have been filed against a physician for prescribing a lethal dose of fentanyl to different patients.

Recently, the two additional lawsuits were filed against the physician. In one case, a mother sought emergent care for shortness of breath, but she died not long after being admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit. Upon a review of her medical records, the family's attorney states that the woman was administered 800 micrograms of fentanyl. In a video accompanied by the article, it was noted that any dose above 200 micrograms of fentanyl can be harmful and/or lethal to a patient's health. 

Family claims medical malpractice with woman's care

Hearing that a loved one has made it through surgery is an enormous relief. Unfortunately, making it through surgery is only part of the process. Recovery and aftercare is an important part of the success rate of any surgery. Massachusetts readers may be interested in one family's recent medical malpractice lawsuit alleging negligence in the care of their wife and mother.

The family reported that the patient was in relatively good health when she began experiencing shortness of breath. Doctors diagnosed the woman with aortic insufficiency, which required surgery on her aortic valve to improve the symptoms. Although the woman made it through the surgery, her family has accused the hospital of providing inadequate care in the days following her operation, which they believe ultimately resulted in her death.

Family files medical malpractice lawsuit after son's death

Physicians are required to obtain the informed consent of a patient or the patient's guardian prior to any invasive medical procedure. The consent provides written proof that a physician explained all potential risks involved with a proposed procedure. Failure to adequately inform a patient and/or guardian of the known risks typically constitutes medical malpractice. Massachusetts parents will surely be sad to learn that one family's young son died after a dental procedure that did not go as planned, and the parents claim that they were not provided adequate informed consent.

According to the 80-page legal complaint, the 2-year-old boy was seen by a children's dental office twice prior to a dental procedure. Pulpotomies, also known as baby root canals, involve placing dental crowns placed over affected teeth. The procedure requires sedation for young children by an anesthesiologist.

Medical malpractice may have lead to tragic death of young boy

When going to a health care provider, people in Massachusetts and elsewhere probably have the expectation of receiving quality care that meets certain standards. It can be devastating for someone to suffer from health complications as the result of doctor error, medical negligence or other preventable factor. Sadly, instances of medical malpractice can be quite serious or even fatal for the patient.

A family is moving forward with a lawsuit against a dental facility after the tragic loss of their toddler son last year. The family alleges that the death of the two-year-old was the result of medical negligence, and they are seeking appropriate financial damages through their civil claim. The boy passed away after he underwent a procedure for root canals.

Medical negligence: Jury awards patient $2 million

Criminal charges and a fugitive on the run sounds like the plot for a movie or television show. Unfortunately, it is not fiction but related to the actions of one doctor in another state. People in Massachusetts's may be interested to learn that a jury has awarded one patient $2 million in compensation related to the doctor's alleged medical negligence despite the doctor fleeing to another country.

The patient was a 12-year-old boy when he received surgery from the doctor. The spinal surgeon allegedly used a biologic device during surgery that had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Not only did the device not have FDA approval, but the patient and family were also not made aware.

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