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Jury awards $17 million verdict to woman whose ventilator was prematurely removed
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

A jury in New Jersey awarded a young woman and her family $17 million over an incident that caused her to be permanently brain damaged. The verdict came on the heels of a six-week jury trial. At the age of seven, Kelsey Heaney was admitted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for pneumonia according to […]

Wrongful death case involving woman’s surgery settled for $5.5 million
Friday, October 6th, 2017

In 2013, April Strange, a 33-year-old woman from central Illinois, had an elective surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth from her liver. During the operation, the doctor used a surgical stapler to cut a blood vessel but did not seal the vessel. As a result, Mrs. Strange went into cardiac arrest from the blood loss […]

Jury awards $46.5 million in medical malpractice case
Friday, March 31st, 2017

An Arkansas jury has awarded a two-year-old plaintiff and her parents $46.5 million in a case against the hospital and doctor that delivered her. At the time the baby was born in June 2014, she had high levels of bilirubin, a yellow compound, and was at risk of extreme jaundice. The defendants misread her test […]

Oregon Man Survives Nearly Fatal Misdiagnosis
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

According to a report on KATU, hemochromatosis (an overload of iron in the blood with a hereditary cause) is the most common genetic disease in America—but it's also widely misdiagnosed.  A local man, Jeff Williams, is fighting to change that after he nearly died from the disease. When he was first admitted to the hospital […]

New Report on Medical Errors: Wrong-Site Surgery
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Last year I posted an update on a frightening trend: surgery being performed on the wrong body part, or even on the wrong patient. Since then, an ophthalmologist here in Portland operated on the wrong eye of a 4-year-old. This should never happen: in 2004, the Joint Commission (the group that certifies health care providers) […]

Report on Oregon Hospital Mistakes
Friday, June 3rd, 2011

A report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that almost one hundred Oregon patients covered by Medicare fell down or were traumatically injured while receiving hospital treatment. Earlier this week, the Portland Business Journal reported that the data was gathered from October 2008 – June 2010 also identified an additional 53 […]