Medical Malpractice Other Cases in Utah

Does medical malpractice happen? You bet it does! Should people be stopped from suing their health care providers” Absolutely not!

Philadelphia Daily News, February 3: “According to a report released last month by the [Pennsylvania] state Department of Health, [Joaquin]Rivera, a musician and Olney High School counselor, died of a heart attack and was unattended for more than 40 minutes. The state report said hospital staff made extensive errors before, during and after Rivera’s death. While Rivera sat dead in the waiting room, three vagrants stole his wristwatch.”

Los Angeles Times, February 3: “The California Medical Board put a doctor with a flawed disciplinary history in charge of monitoring another troubled doctor who, while under supervision, allegedly mishandled an abortion leading to a patient’s death.”

New York Daily News, February 3: “The [New York] State Health Department let a Long Island hospital off the hook for abandoning a patient in the OR – even though it found the hospital broke a host of rules.”

Cincinnati Enquirer, February 2: “[Ohio’s] Christ Hospital has settled a federal whistleblower lawsuit accusing its acclaimed cardiac-care center of running an illegal kickback scheme.”

Associated Press, February 1: “[A] Riverside [California] Superior Court jury deliberated for eight hours Friday before finding neurosurgeon Christopher Pham negligent in his treatment of Trent Hughes in November 2003. Hughes was injured while off-roading and was airlifted to the Desert Regional Medical Center where Pham was on call. Hughes, who had a fractured spine, was not seen until the next day and not operated on until two days after his injury. He was left a paraplegic.”

Jersey Journal, January 31: “The doctor who caused the death of a patient at the Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus by removing the wrong lung some 10 years ago — and then tried to cover it up — is practicing surgery again; this time at Hoboken University Medical Center.”

Los Angeles Times, January 28: “State officials have fined 13 California hospitals for medical errors that in some cases killed or seriously injured patients, according to a report made public Wednesday.”

Associated Press, January 28: “Attorneys have filed a class-action lawsuit against a Baltimore-area hospital that recently informed more than 350 patients that they may have received unnecessary heart stents.”

St. Petersburg Times, January 27: “Donna Delgado just wasn’t healing properly after dental surgery. There was too much bleeding, too much pain. Her head hurt. She was dizzy. She had nosebleeds and sinus infections. And with good reason, according to her lawsuit: The surgeon left an inch-long piece of steel in the wound. Lodged in Delgado’s right maxillary sinus, the drill bit burr made the 35-year-old woman miserable for nearly a year as she held down a job and cared for her children, her lawyer said.”