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Suit filed over death of infant in hospital bed
Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Monica Thompson, who unintentionally smothered her newborn baby in a hospital bed in 2012, has filed a nearly $9 million lawsuit against Portland Adventist Medical Center. Thompson blames the hospital for placing her son in bed with her to breastfeed in the middle of the night while she was heavily medicated following a Caesarean section. […]

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) […]

Frivolous Lawsuits in the News
Friday, June 17th, 2011

A few months ago I blogged about the famous McDonald’s coffee case, one of the most recognized personal injury lawsuits in America. This story has been back in the news lately because HBO is airing a documentary called Hot Coffee.  It was this case that led to the formation of a collective belief based on […]