$2M Jury Verdict to Woman After Problematic Gall Bladder Surgery

A Pittsburgh woman has been awarded a $2 million medical malpractice verdict by a jury for injuries she sustained when her surgeon improperly removed her gall bladder in May of 2013. The patient, Denise Westwood, alleged in her lawsuit that her surgeon, Dr. Charles N. Lebovitz, negligently injured her bile duct during the surgery on May 23, 2013, which caused permanent damage to her liver and biliary system, according to a June 29 story in...


$5M Settlement Awarded to Family in Medical Malpractice Birth Case

The family of a baby born in a naval hospital in Florida in 2012 has reached a $5 million medical malpractice settlement after three doctors allegedly chose not to order a cesarean section delivery after tests showed evidence of a lack of oxygen to the infant and fetal distress during the birth. Jenifer and Sean Mochocki reached the $5 million settlement with the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, more than two years after filing a medical malpractice...


$13.4M in Damages Awarded in Med Mal Heart Surgery Case

A Georgia man who suffered catastrophic injuries during heart surgery in 2010 in a South Dakota hospital has been awarded $13.4 million in damages by a federal court judge. The plaintiff, Hudson Myers, was 21 years old when he underwent "controversial" heart valve replacement surgery on Oct. 14, 2010 at Rapid City Regional Hospital, according to a March 3 story by The (Sioux Falls, S.D.) Argus Leader. During the procedure, air bubbles made their way...


$13.75M Verdict Awarded to Triple Amputee in Medical Malpractice Case

A South Carolina woman will receive $13.75 million in damages from a hospital group after doctors and nurses failed to properly diagnose her illness when she was admitted in December 2012, causing her to lose both legs and one arm to amputation due to sepsis. In a lawsuit filed by the victim, Seletha Gartrell, 54, of Aiken, S.C., claimed that she lost both her legs above the knee, her left arm below the elbow and...


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$19.3M Settlement Awarded in Pa. Birth Malpractice Case

A Pennsylvania woman and her family will receive a $19.3 million settlement after her newborn daughter suffered brain damage and other injuries after her caesarean section procedure was allegedly delayed in December 2012 after the patient arrived at a hospital. The plaintiff, Marissa Vaccaro, arrived at Moses Taylor Hospital in December 2012 and was showing "signs of a potentially life-threatening placental abruption," according to a Jan. 5 story by The Legal Intelligencer. She was seen...


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