A second malpractice suit has been filed against a former surgeon who is currently serving a prison sentence for an illegal painkiller distribution scheme, according to sources local to the story. Delaware residents may be shocked to hear the former orthopedic surgeon is facing malpractice charges for allegedly failing to properly diagnose a knee injury and performing surgical errors based on that diagnosis. The suit has been filed in a court local to the accused.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, insurers and physicians are examining data from closed malpractice cases to find trends as to why these cases occur. Obviously, one reason for these efforts is to reduce the number of malpractice claims. From a patient's standpoint, this data could lead to fewer errors and better outcomes.
Two doctors are facing serious consequences after an allegedly botched birth in 2013. Delaware residents may not be surprised to hear the family of a baby who was left with cerebral palsy as a result of birth injuries is suing for malpractice. The court case is currently in the midst of litigation.
Many Delaware medical facilities have excellent reputations for providing thorough and efficient care to patients according to the highest level of accepted safety standards. Some hospitals, however, may be among others in the nation where repeated incidents of birth injuries, surgical errors or other medical malpractice issues are reported. A childbirth center in another state has come under scrutiny after several legal claims were filed regarding at least five serious incidents, including the deaths of two infants between 2012 and 2014.
Cerebral palsy is a brain condition that impacts a person's ability to use their muscles, as well as their posture and balance. Cerebral palsy is present at birth or in early infancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 323 children have cerebral palsy. Children with cerebral palsy can have drastically different outlooks. Some children with cerebral palsy can walk with or without assistance, while other children will not be able to walk or move freely. In some cases, cerebral palsy is accompanied by other developmental delays.
Victims of medical negligence in Delaware have a limited time to file a medical malpractice claim. These laws, known as statutes of limitations, are in place to ensure that evidence is relatively fresh and witnesses are still able to remember events that took place. Practically speaking, this means that victims of medical malpractice should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible after the injury.
Delaware mothers who experience high-risk pregnancies may be concerned about the medical care they will receive if any problems develop. In an out-of-state lawsuit, a family whose baby suffered severe neurological birth injuries was awarded $30 million by a jury in civil litigation. The claim related to the injuries of a permanent nature that were suffered by the girl at birth in 2006.
Delaware parents whose children suffer the consequences of negligent medical care at birth may be overwhelmed by their situations. Fortunately, the laws allow for legal action to be taken against those who provide inadequate medical care that leads to birth injuries. The parents of a child in another state have been awarded $9 million to ensure their child receives adequate care after birth complications left him with cerebral palsy and brain damage.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that shed light on which doctors are most likely to be sued for medical malpractice. This study, titled "Prevalence and Characteristics of Physicians Prone to Malpractice Claims," also looked at the types of medical specialties that had the most medical malpractice cases. This study analyzed more than 66,000 medical malpractice cases across the United States from 2005 to 2014 and discovered the following:
A family is continuing a fight they began over a decade ago to receive the full compensation they were awarded in a malpractice suit, according to local sources. The couple successfully filed a medical malpractice suit in the case of their daughter's birth injuries, which they say left her a quadriplegic without the capacity for speech. Though they won their suit, Delaware residents may be interested to know that the couple's home state institutes a cap on malpractice compensation, meaning the couple will receive only a fraction of what they were promised.