Case Archive

EPIDURAL CAUSES DURAL PUNCTURE

28 year old female in labor was administered an epidural by a resident anesthesiologist. The epidural was allegedly misdirected and the procedure was complicated by a dural puncture. As a result, the plaintiff had brain swelling and suffered from seizures. Does the fact that dural puncture occurred indicate a deviation from the standard of care? […]

RETRACTOR PLACEMENT CAUSES NERVE INJURY

The patient, a 58 y/o male, was admitted to the hospital with severe diverticulitis. A general surgeon performed an exploratory laparotomy, lysis of adhesions, takedown of the sigmoid flexure with sigmoid and partial left colectomy withdescending colorectostomy and appendectomy. A Bookwalter retractor was used during the surgery. Almost immediately after the surgery the patient experienced […]

LUMBAR SURGERY LEADS TO BOWEL PERFORATION

Patient developed severe abdominal pain immediately after the performance of L4-S1 laminectomy and fusion with hardware. Thereafter, she had several CT Scans which indicated a bowel perforation. The following morning, patient underwent a laparotomy to repair a small bowel perforation. The pathology report for the laparotomy indicated that a bone fragment was seen within the […]

BOWEL PERFORATION FOLLOWING TUBAL LIGATION

Patient was in OR for tubal ligation, during procedure patient suffered cardiac arrest and was resuscitated. When the doctor (ob/gyn) returned to the incision site she noted a bowel perforation. A general surgeon was called in to repair the damage, and chose to not remove the damaged portion of bowel and repaired the damage. Patient’s […]

DELAY IN DIAGNOSING GLAUCOMA

Plaintiff had been seeing a local optometrist for over 20 years and has a family history of Glaucoma. The defendant told him they’d monitor it. Doctor never indicated pt had glaucoma – just that he was suspicious. He never dilated pt’s eyes to check his optic nerves until an associate did. Pt asked to be […]

FOOT DROP FOLLOWING HERNIA SURGERY

50 y/o female admitted for abdominal surgery for excision of abd wall hernia following uterine malignancy. The operative procedure lasted more than 9 hours with the majority of the procedure in extreme Trendelenburg position. Patient complained of leg pain immediately on arrival to PACU. The discharge note makes no mention of any complaints. Patient returned […]