A 17-year-old girl recently won more than $100 million in damages against the hospital where she was born. Because the hospital has since gone bankrupt, the teen will only recover a fraction of the damages award, about $16 million. Either figure may initially seem lofty, but it must be put into context.
An Ohio hospital must pay $8.5 million after a jury concluded that hospital staff caused severe brain injuries to a newborn baby girl. The hospital failed to properly ensure that the infant was breathing. The lack of oxygen in her brain resulted in permanent brain injuries. The girl’s injuries left
Heart surgery is not a procedure to be taken lightly. Although it’s a relatively common operation, it is major surgery and comes with risks. Amazingly, a recent investigation uncovered a heart surgeon’s unscrupulous practice of performing unnecessary heart surgery on patients. Why? To rake in profits. The heart surgeon’s egregious
Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, attacks 500,000 Americans every year, killing an estimated 30,000 hospital patients. Because of the deadly bacteria’s ability to quickly kill people, you’d think extreme precautions would be in place to curb its spread. Instead, the presence of C. diff in hospitals and nursing homes has
Numerous medical studies have concluded that minority patients receive substandard medical treatment compared to Caucasians. Sadly, a new study shows that the racial discrimination of patients extends to young children who have suffered head injuries. The medical study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, concluded that minority
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) recently issued a Class I recall of surgical bone putty due to a fire risk. The Hemostatic Bone Putty presents a serious safety risk when used in surgeries involving an electrosurgical cautery system. The putty can ignite, causing severe and permanent injuries to the patient. The