Case Archive

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 […]

PREGNANCY FOLLOWING TUBAL LIGATION

40 year old female had her left ovary and fallopian tube removed. She then had a tubal ligation to her right fallopian tube as she did not want to get pregnant. She then got pregnant. There are some serious health problems with the child unrelated to any malpractice. The child was delivered C-section and at […]

DIAGNOSING AND TREATING STROKE

The major liability issues regarding stroke revolve around the use of tPA (tissue plasminogen activator…clot busting drug). Not administering the drug for a qualified patient may likely constitute a departure from good and accepted practice. There are published criteria for the use of tPA ( American Heart Association ). tPA can be initiated within 3 […]

INADEQUATE POLYP RESECTION LEADS TO COLON CANCER

56 year old female underwent multiple colonoscopies beginning 8/29/05. 8/29/05 diagnostic colonoscopy found a sessile polyp at 8-10 cm, partial removal, pathology confirmed Tubulovillous Adenoma. Recommended 3 month follow-up. 11/21/05 Repeat colonoscopy, removed more but not the entire sessile polyp at 10 cm. Pathology confirmed Tubulovillous Adenoma. Recommended 3 year follow-up. 11/24/08 Repeat colonoscopy. Patient […]

CATARACT SURGERY CASES WORTH PURSUING

Endophthalmitis – infection inside the eye is a common complication requiring early recognition, and immediate referral to a retina specialist. Failure to refer out patients with pain and/or decreased vision up to 10 days after surgery is a departure often resulting in significant vision loss. Dropped Nucleus – the central dense part of cataract may […]