Patients have a right to ethical, honorable and proficient medical care under their physicians. Far too often, this is not the case in hospitals across America.
Below are some shocking cases of medical malpractice that resulted in significant recovery for victims who suffered unduly.
10. $11 Million | Foreign Objects in Man’s Stomach
An Arizona man was on life support in an assisted living facility when employees decided to have some sadistic fun with the dying man. After his death, all types of foreign objects were discovered in his stomach, including plastic bags, ketchup packets and candy wrappers.
9. $11.4 Million | Cerebral Palsy Caused by Birth Injury
In 2005, a Wisconsin woman was giving birth when a midwife and nurse failed to respond to the infant’s distress after misreading the monitor. As a result, the child suffered a birth injury leading to cerebral palsy. Both the midwife and nurse were found negligent by the court.
8. $15 Million | Breast Cancer
A New York woman discovered a lump in her chest but that her doctor said was benign upon examination. When over a year later the woman’s lump had doubled in size, it was discovered as cancerous and her condition required a mastectomy, radiation treatments and chemotherapy.
7. $20.5 Million | Birth Injury
A woman from Pennsylvania sued her doctor and medical center after her child suffered injuries during birth. Her son now lives with cerebral palsy, is nearly blind in one eye and cannot use his hands. The child’s parents received $2 million, and their son received $18.5 million when he turned 18.
6. $23.2 Million | Oxygen Deprivation During Birth
An infant in Minnesota suffered hypoxia during childbirth and now suffers from neurological problems, seizures and quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
5. $25 Million | Misdiagnosed Heart Condition
When a cardiologist gave a positive report to a Virginia man after a checkup, the doctor took him off his heart medications and told him over-the-counter drugs would be fine to treat his condition. Months later, the man suffered a debilitating heart attack and has since undergone seven surgeries and requires a heart transplant within the next five years.
4. $31 Million | Oxygen Starvation
In 1998, a Florida mother received too much medication during her induced labor. The drugs compromised her child’s oxygen supply, leading to cerebral palsy. The case was settled nearly 14 years later. Due to a cap on medical malpractice awards, the women received only $15 million of the $31 million settlement.
3. $38.5 Million | Ethics Violation
In 2008, a man in Florida began experiencing unusual cramps in his leg and shoulder. The doctor suggested manual joint manipulations, which would require anesthesia. The patient suffered a stroke during the procedure and stayed in a coma for four years. The doctor eventually admitted that the procedure was unnecessary and that he was only looking to boost his income.
2. $58.6 Million | Infant Brain Damage
During a difficult birth, a doctor failed to order a C-section delivery. As a result, the newborn suffered severe brain damage. The child now lives in Connecticut and is unable to talk, walk or eat.
1. $74.5 Million | Negligence & Falsified Medical Records
In California, doctors failed to properly deliver a baby. The doctor in charge chose not to perform an episiotomy, did not use forceps during the delivery and failed to assess contractions. As a result, the infant now suffers from cerebral palsy. The hospital refused to accept fault for negligence and even falsified medical records in an attempt to cover up their wrongdoings.
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