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Woman frozen alive according to revived medical malpractice suit

Family members in another state find themselves able to proceed with a medical malpractice suit thanks to an Appeals Court ruling. In question is the possible hospital negligence that resulted in the death of an 80-year-old woman. Complex legal questions surrounded the matter – the same type of procedural issues that could be found in New Jersey courts – but the case will now go forward as this husband and eight children seek compensation and accountability for their loss.

Even routine surgery poses dangers to children

In what might be a parent's worst nightmare, including New Jersey parents, a 3-year-old girl died after being administered sedation for oral surgery at a dentist's office on Oahu, Hawaii. The dentist whose office performed the sedation has been closed by that state.

New Jersey physician suspended, fined over steroid prescriptions

A southern New Jersey medical office claims to practice "rejuvenative" medicine, including cellulite reduction, skin tightening and plastic surgery, to name a few available treatments. Website photos of the center's owner, a physician, show him lifting weights. As picture perfect as it all seems, this beauty-enhancing center has an ugly steroid problem.

Common condition went unmonitored, child develops brain damage

Even though there is a movement for natural, at-home births, there is a reason why most women in Toms River still go to the hospital to have a baby. Since most people trust doctors to safely deliver, care for and look after their children, giving birth in a hospital comes with certain expectations. For one, parents expect that doctors will monitor their children for some of the most common birth injuries and medical conditions. When they don't, most parents believe the physicians have committed malpractice and will sue them.

Famous Baseball Player sues doctors and hospital

Recently, New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the team's doctor and against a New York hospital, claiming that they did not properly diagnose a left hip injury, causing him to have to undergo surgery. The medical malpractice suit further alleges that as a result of the misdiagnosis, Rodriguez was cleared to play, causing him to make the injury even worse. The lawsuit comes after a public feud between Rodriguez and the New York Yankees regarding alleged injuries he received during the season.

Man wins $2.73 million for wife's injuries from malpractice.

A Piscataway, New Jersey man is seeking a new trial against one of the doctors who allegedly performed medical malpractice on his wife, leaving her in a permanent vegetative state. The man previously won a $2.73 million medical malpractice suit against the hospital and two of the other doctors responsible for the failed surgeries that caused the woman's brain damage. But a judge ruled against the husband in an action against the remaining doctor who refused to settle. The husband is now requesting a new trial based on alleged trial errors.

Study ranks most common medical malpractice claims.

New Jersey residents may be surprised to hear the results of a recent study that discovered the most common medical malpractice claims were missed diagnoses for cancer and heart attacks. The researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School reviewed more than 7,150 journal papers on medical malpractice claims, focusing specifically on claims against primary care doctors. They included 34 journal articles in their study, including those from France, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and the United States. The researchers found that missed diagnoses were the most common malpractice claims, with between 26 and 63 percent of the cases involving a missed diagnosis. Death was the most common consequence of the alleged malpractice, being found in between 15 and 48 percent of the cases studied.

Man sues doctor for negligence after implant malfunction

A 44-year old man in Newark, New Jersey has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against an urologist for allegedly leaving him with an eight-month long erection after a penile implant was surgically placed inside him. The medical malpractice suit alleges that the doctor failed to ensure that the implant worked properly, leaving him with an erection that led to much social embarrassment and a negative impact on his sex life.

NJ Supreme Court issues ruling on witness' credentials

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that doctors called as expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases must have the same qualifications as the defendant doctor. This ruling likely makes suing for medical malpractice more difficult in New Jersey. The case from which the ruling came involved a construction worker who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while working in a basement. The physician attending to him recommended that he be treated with 100 percent oxygen, and the worker suffered brain damage as a result. The worker then sued for damages, alleging medical malpractice by the physician. An expert witness at the trial testified that the worker would not have suffered his injuries if the doctors had ordered him to be given oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber. The court ruled that because the witness did not specialize in emergency or family medicine, the trial judge should not have allowed her testimony, because she did not have the same specialty as the doctor.

Dentistry board pushes for malpractice charges against dentist

As many New Jersey residents are aware, a dentist's behavior in the United States recently has allegedly caused substantial harm to a number of his patients. Specifically, over 1,000 of this dentist's 7,000 patients in Tulsa, Oklahoma have tested positive for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. On top of potential criminal charges, the man could also be facing a number of civil suits alleging medical malpractice.

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