A 62 year old woman went to a local hospital after an MRI ordered by her primary care doctor revealed a severe infection in her spine. She was admitted to the hospital and was attended to by 3 doctors, including a hospitalist, infectious disease consultant, and a neurosurgeon. A cat scan was ordered to confirm…

Our client, a 39 year old woman, was at the beach when she began experiencing intermittent numbness on the left side of her face and episodic periods of slurred speech. She went home and when the symptoms persisted she went to a local hospital emergency room that was a certified primary stroke center. As such…

A delay in recognizing fetal distress lead to a rushed delivery. During the process the baby’s shoulder became lodged, a condition known as “shoulder dystocia”. By pulling too hard the doctor caused severe damage to the brachial plexus nerves, which left the infant with a non-functional arm. Subsequent reconstructive surgery was only partially successful. We were able…

The wife of our client was diagnosed with a large kidney stone that was causing a severe obstruction with infection. This clinical scenario admittedly was a urologic emergency.  Due to miscommunication between the nurses and the hospital doctors she was not treated for several hours, despite her condition clearly deteriorating. Not until she went into…

While rehabilitating from a stroke in a local rehab hospital our client’s wife was left in the bathroom unattended. She was found on the floor and subsequently passed away from a massive brain bleed. The medical examiner determined she had suffered a spontaneous brain hemorrhage, which caused her to fall.  After analyzing the autopsy findings and having our…

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