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Jury Returns $17M Verdict For Plaintiff In MedMal Lawsuit

By Palmer | Lopez |

A man was awarded $17 million by a jury after he was taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident. Upon arrival, the man was able to use his arms and legs. After surgery, however, he no longer had functionality in his legs. Initially, the doctor simply recommended the man use a back brace… Read More »

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WetStairs

Woman Wins $12M After Tumble Down Wet Stairs

By Palmer | Lopez |

A woman who was training to work with special needs kids was staying late at work in preparation for her exam. She and another worker were asked to clear out of their offices while a carpet cleaning crew came through and treated the carpets. According to the plaintiff, she was required to leave her… Read More »

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Mother Sues After Psychiatric Medication Error Leads To Son’s Death

By Palmer | Lopez |

The mother of a 34-year-old psychiatric patient filed a lawsuit against the Medical University of South Carolina after her son died of known complications related to the psychiatric drug Thorazine. While psychiatrists aren’t routinely sued by patients, when they are it’s often related to lapses in medication management. In this case, the patient had… Read More »

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What Is Litigation?

By Palmer | Lopez |

You’ve heard this term in a million different contexts and you’re certain you know what it means, sort of. It refers to the process of trying a lawsuit, correct? Sort of. It refers to a specific type of process that involves disputes specifically, adversarial actions, and contested accounts of what happened. While some personal… Read More »

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Pasadena Plastic Surgeon Faces Multiple Counts Of Medical Malpractice

By Palmer | Lopez |

This is a story more about the failures of state medical boards than the malpractice of a single doctor. The doctor in question is facing four complaints all filed with the California medical board. Her first complaint was dismissed. In fact, the board only investigates 10% of allegations or complaints filed with it. Florida,… Read More »

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CarAccidClaim

Uninsured Motorist Coverage Turns Into $16M Judgment Against Insurer

By Palmer | Lopez |

A woman was severely injured when another driver plowed into the back of her vehicle in stalled traffic. The other driver was insured, but their policy limit was far less than the plaintiff’s total damages. The plaintiff filed a claim with her own uninsured/underinsured motorist policy to recover medical expenses and more in excess… Read More »

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CarFire

Tesla Sued After Fiery Crash Kills 20-Year-Old Man

By Palmer | Lopez |

Tesla is facing another lawsuit related to a 2021 Model 3. According to attorneys representing the family of a man who died in his Tesla, the suspension on the vehicle failed causing it to strike the roadway, ignite the battery, and end in a fiery crash. The man’s family has filed a wrongful death… Read More »

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Radiology

Patient Sues After ER Missed Hip Fracture

By Palmer | Lopez |

A woman presented to the emergency room with a pain in her hip that was radiating to her lower back. According to the patient, she suffered an injury when she leaned over to pick up packages from her front porch. She fell down and had been experiencing pain ever since. The nurse on duty… Read More »

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HospitalHall

Hospital Faces Claims Over Concurrent Surgeries

By Palmer | Lopez |

The term “assembly line medicine” has been around for the past decade or so. This process involves the most skilled and experienced doctors performing the most complex parts of a surgery while residents and others do the so-called grunt work. Hospitals contend that this is more efficient and that there is no risk to… Read More »

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Family Settles Lawsuit After Loved One Left In “Permanent Comatose State”

By Palmer | Lopez |

A 46-year-old woman was left in a “permanent comatose state” after a hysterectomy. Her family filed a lawsuit against the hospital which was recently settled for an undisclosed amount of money. The terms of the settlement will remain confidential. The woman is now in a state of “wakeful unresponsiveness” and requires 24-hour care at… Read More »

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