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Lawsuit Over Dentist Visit Is the Stuff of Patient Nightmares
Lawsuit Over Dentist Visit Is
the Stuff of Patient Nightmares

Lawsuit Over Dentist Visit Is the Stuff of Patient Nightmares

Minnesota woman claims her dentist performed slew of procedures in a single visit

(Newser) - If most people dread a trip to the dentist to have a cavity filled or a wisdom tooth pulled, imagine having more than 30 separate procedures done during a single visit. That's what one Minnesota patient alleges happened when she went to Eden Prairie dentist Kevin Molldrem, who she...

His Patients Were Maimed or Even Died. He Kept Practicing
The Texas Surgeon Was
Charming—and a 'Monster'

The Texas Surgeon Was Charming—and a 'Monster'

The 'Texas Observer' reports on Dr. Eric Heston Scheffey

(Newser) - "Looking at Dr. Scheffey, one isn't likely to think he's a monster. But he was a monster." That's how retired personal injury attorney Priscilla Walters describes Dr. Eric Heston Scheffey, and she's not the only person to speak in such terms about him. She...

Racism at LA Hospital Killed Black Mom: Suit

Charles Johnson files civil rights suit over death of wife Kira, who died hours after c-section

(Newser) - A Black couple walked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on April 12, 2016 for what they thought would be "the happiest day of our lives." Instead, just 12 hours after giving birth to the couple's second son during a remarkably fast Cesarean section, Kira Dixon...

Trevor Noah Suit Claims Docs Left Him Permanently Injured

Comedian suing after 2020 surgery

(Newser) - Trevor Noah has filed suit against a New York City medical group over claims doctors there left him injured both physically and mentally. Per People , the host of The Daily Show suffered from "severe emotional distress and great physical pain" in the wake of a 2020 procedure he underwent...

After 'Tragedy of Errors,' Woman Awarded Millions

Carolyn Boerste had to have leg amputated after nurses left sponge in her

(Newser) - A woman whose leg was amputated six years after undergoing heart surgery was awarded $10.5 million by a jury last month, after what her lawyers say was a "tragedy of errors" by multiple medical personnel. "Everything has changed," Carolyn Boerste says, per WAVE , which along with...

He Cut Out a 'Tumor.' It Was Actually Her Kidney

Florida surgeon Ramon Vazquez faces complaint from state

(Newser) - Maureen Pacheco suffered from back pain she hoped the fusing of vertebrae in her lower back could fix. A surgeon instead removed one of her kidneys. Dr. Ramon Vazquez, whom Pacheco met moments before going under the knife at Florida's Wellington Regional Medical Center on April 29, 2016, was...

The Operations Were Hideously Botched. But He Kept at Them
The Operations Were Hideously
Botched. But He Kept at Them

The Operations Were Hideously Botched. But He Kept at Them

ProPublica looks at how Christopher Duntsch managed to operate on patients for 2 years

(Newser) - There is a single doctor in America who has been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the harm he has done to patients during surgery, reports Laura Beil. In a piece for ProPublica , she unpacks just how neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch managed to keep operating for as long as...

$31M Awarded to Boy After Botched Circumcision

A team of medical professionals was found liable

(Newser) - A Georgia boy has been given a multi-million dollar award after a botched circumcision left him disfigured permanently just days after his birth. Per the Atlanta Journal Constitution , the unnamed boy was awarded $31 million by a Clayton County jury on Friday. The boy's family had filed suit against...

Lawsuit: Surgeon Removed Woman's Kidney by Mistake

Dena Knapp was supposed to have an adrenal gland removed

(Newser) - Dena Knapp went to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., to have an adrenal gland and associated mass removed. Instead, according to a lawsuit, Dr. Scott Baker removed her healthy right kidney, USA Today reports. The suit claims that Baker was told by the hospital pathology department after...

Offspring Drummer Turned Ob-Gyn Saves Juror at Own Trial

'Have you ever' heard something so unexpected?

(Newser) - A former drummer for The Offspring (who apparently has a bad habit of saving people) now has time to relax because it'll be a long time before his medical malpractice trial after he prevented a potential juror in cardiac arrest from reaching the end of the line, Law360 reports....

Coroner Refuses to Pronounce Breathing, Moving Man Dead

'Dead people don't move'

(Newser) - For nearly three hours, New York emergency room doctor Gregory Perry ignored requests to re-check a heart attack victim, according to a malpractice lawsuit filed by the victim's wife. Niagara County coroner Joseph Mantione had been called to pronounce 46-year-old Michael Cleveland dead and was one of those trying...

Man's Right Testicle Hurt for 15 Years. Doc Removed Left One

Jury awards man $870K in medical malpractice case

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man is $870,000 richer after a jury ruled his urologist committed "reckless indifference" when he removed the wrong testicle from his patient, reports. Steven Hanes' right testicle had been causing him intense pain for 15 years. According to Fox 43 , it was about half...

Doctor Harmed Newborn, and It Cost Taxpayers $33M

Dr. Ata Atogho was a federal medical employee

(Newser) - Marla Dixon was a 19-year-old mother-to-be who had gotten her prenatal care from the federally funded Jessie Trice Community Health Center in Miami. Nurses and midwives met with her along the way, and before giving birth to son Earl Reese-Thornton Jr. on Dec. 2, 2013, things had been progressing well....

She Miscarried at 6 Weeks, Can Sue Her Doctor

Alabama court says wrongful death lawsuit can go forward

(Newser) - A pregnant Alabama woman who suffered a miscarriage at six weeks can sue her doctor for wrongful death, the Alabama Supreme Court has ruled, with judges citing a 2009 state law making it a crime to kill or harm "an unborn child in utero at any stage of development....

It Was a Routine Surgery. Then a Nurse Flipped a Switch
It Was a Routine Surgery.
Then a Nurse Flipped a Switch
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It Was a Routine Surgery. Then a Nurse Flipped a Switch

Private hospital in London is found negligent in banker's death

(Newser) - An inquest has blamed the death of an American banker who underwent a routine heart valve operation in Britain on a nurse's mistaken move, reports the Telegraph . Robert Entenman died in 2015 at age 57 at one of Britain's biggest private hospitals, London Bridge. The American, who left...

Study: You Will Suffer 'One Meaningful Diagnostic Error'

Data on diagnostic errors is scarce, but they're a serious problem: report

(Newser) - Virtually all Americans will at some point receive a wrong diagnosis or a delayed one, a new report from the National Academy of Medicine finds. "Everyone will experience one meaningful diagnostic error in their lifetime," the chairman of the committee that wrote the report tells NBC News . The...

Boy Goes to Doctor, Gets Eye Glued Shut

Vinnie Vavatsikos went in with a cat-scratch on his eyelid

(Newser) - A Canadian boy who went to the doctor this summer ended up screaming in terror when a receptionist accidentally glued one of his eyes shut, his mother tells the CBC . "I thought I was going to faint," says Julia Vavatsikos of what befell her three-year-old boy Vincenzo, who...

Jury Awards $21M After Mistaken Brain Surgery

81-year-old patient died after procedure she didn't need, says family lawyer

(Newser) - An 81-year-old Michigan woman went to the hospital for a relatively simple jaw procedure and ended up having brain surgery because of a mix-up in CT scans, her family says. Bimla Nayyar never recovered and died two months after the 2012 procedure, reports the Detroit News . Now a jury has...

Man Sues When Amputated Leg Turns Up in Trash

The Florida hospital isn't saying why the leg wasn't incinerated instead

(Newser) - John Timiriasieff didn't think much about the whereabouts of his leg after it was amputated just below the knee last fall. Until homicide detectives came knocking, asking the 50-something man in Key Largo, Fla., what it was doing in the garbage—name tag and all. No one at Doctors...

Why One Couple Sued for 'Wrongful Birth'

In difficult circumstances, parents have few options

(Newser) - Sarah and Mark Hall (names changed) love their 3-year-old daughter, Ellie. Yet they recently sued for "wrongful birth," testifying that they would have aborted the pregnancy had they known Ellie would be born with a rare genetic disorder. People who file such lawsuits are often vilified, Elizabeth Picciuto...

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