$875,000.00 MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT – 63-year-old warehouse manager underwent elective total knee replacement. During the surgery the popliteal artery was injured. The injury was not recognized during surgery. The first surgical attempt at repair failed requiring a second procedure. As a result of loss of blood flow to the lower leg, the patient suffered severe loss of muscle and skin tissue and permanent nerve damage. The patient’s injuries prevent him from returning to work. The case settled for $875,000.00. (The patient was limited by law to $250,000 for non-economic damages for pain and suffering.), 2015
$1,115,000.00 – KAISER ARBITRATION AWARD. JL, a 48-year-old hairstylist had a Lapidus Bunionectomy performed by a Podiatrist at Kaiser in Irvine. The surgery was negligently performed and the follow-up care was negligent. JL required reconstructive surgery to repair the damage caused by the Kaiser Podiatrist. JL has permanent pain in her foot and deformity of her big toe. The pain severely limits how much she can work. The Arbitrator awarded JL $764,565.00 for past and future economic damages and $250,000.00, the maximum allowed by law, for pain and suffering. He awarded her husband $100,000.00 for loss of consortium., 2014
$275,000.00 Settlement – The 46-year-old medical records clerk saw her primary care physician for shoulder pain. She gave her consent to a shoulder joint injection, instead the doctor administered a trigger point injection into her back, and in doing so he punctured her lung causing a pneumothorax and a hemothorax. The plaintiffs lost wages totaled approximately $14,745 and her out of pocket medical expenses totaled about $9,457.31. NOTE: noneconomic damages for pain and suffering were limited by law to $250,000.00., 2014
Orange County Medical Malpractice Settlement – $300,000.00. 52-year-old plaintiff suffered a dural tear during a cervical laminectomy. As a result she had severe disabling headaches until the tear was repaired about 15 months after the original surgery. She was unable to work after the original surgery. Past lost earnings totaled approximately $181,000.00. ( Noneconomic damages for pain and severing were limited to $250,000.00 by MICRA), 2014
Los Angeles Medical Malpractice Settlement $600,000.00 – 50-year-old Highway Patrol Officer on work related disability leave dies from an accidental overdose of Aspirin. Case against emergency Room MD, ICU MD and Hospital. Survived by wife, 2 adult children and 2 minor children, 2014
27-year-old college graduate suffered a fracture of the Tibia/Fibula when thrown from a horse. He also suffered a popliteal artery injury requiring surgical repair. The treating Vascular surgeon delayed surgery resulting in severe muscle tissue loss and drop foot. Plaintiff’s medical bills exceed $1,000,000.00 and were paid by insurance. As a college graduate with plans to attend Graduate school plaintiff suffered no loss of future income and only $54,000.00 past loss of income. Non-economic damages for pain and suffering were limited to $250,000.00 by MICRA. The case settled for $300,000.00, 2014
$5,000,000.00 Settlement – While pregnant with the plaintiff, his mother was prescribed and took Lotensin, an ACE inhibitor. This drug was known to cause severe kidney damage in unborn babies and did in this case. The child, now 10, suffers from severe chronic kidney disease and will eventually need dialysis and a kidney transplant. The settlement was with his mother’s primary care doctor who prescribed the medication, her OB/GYN who knew she was taking it and failed to tell her to stop while pregnant and the pharmacy that filled the prescription who knew she was pregnant and failed to tell her of the known risks of taking the drug while pregnant, 2013
$375,000.00, Kern County, settlement in a medical malpractice case on behalf of a 56-year-old female who suffered a transected political artery during a total knee replacement surgery, 2012
$500,000 Riverside County settlement in a medical malpractice case for the wrongful death of a 54-year-old husband who died as a result of a general surgeon’s negligence in performing the wrong surgery, and negligence in failure to perform timely and correct repair surgery involving diverticulitis, 2012
$2,500,000.00 Settlement, wrongful death, premises liability and medical malpractice – 48-year-old husband and father of 5 slipped and fell while leaving a commercial building, he suffered a quadriceps muscle tear. He died less than three weeks later, of a pulmonary embolism due to a deep vein thrombosis as a result of quadriceps tear repair surgery, 2012
$600,000.00, Riverside County, settlement in a medical malpractice case involving the death of a 48-year-old wife and mother as a result of the negligent failure of a Emergency Room doctor to properly diagnose a life threatening heart condition, 2011
$1,000,000.00 Settlement – Orange County. 45-year-old unemployed female patient suffered an above-the-elbow amputation due to the negligence of a thoracic surgeon who delayed performing emergency surgery to treat a blood clot in a major artery, and then performed the wrong surgery, twice. There was no claim for lost earnings or earning capacity, 2011
$1,000,000.00 Settlement San Bernardino. Medical Malpractice failure to diagnose and promptly treat fungal peritonitis in a 56-year-old Respiratory Therapist resulting in severe permanent disabilities, 2010
$1,000,000.00 Settlement-Riverside in a medical malpractice case for a 50-year-old woman who suffered mild brain damage during an unnecessary and negligently performed kidney surgery, 2010
$1,500,000.00 settlement for a 65-year-old female college administrator and Registered Nurse who suffered a spinal cord injury causing quadriplegia during a cervical laminectomy and fusion. The settlement in this Los Angeles Superior Court action was paid by the hospital. The surgeon had fled the country after two similar results. The theory against the hospital was negligence in failure to insure the competence of its staff physicians, 2009
$400,000.00 – Northern California Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death – The negligence of a Nurse Midwife in failing to promptly deliver a perfectly healthy term baby who got stuck in the birth canal, resulting in the baby’s death due to asphyxiation. This settlement was with the hospital that employed the nurse midwife. (Sadly this case was against the same hospital and involved the same nurse midwife as the case described above it. The death of this perfectly healthy baby occurred exactly the same as the one discussed above, just a year apart.), 2009
$3,500,000.00 Settlement – San Diego. The injured child, now age 5, suffers from severe kidney damage, developmental delays and growth retardation because his mother was given Lotensin, a blood pressure medication during her pregnancy, and her obstetrician did not tell her to stop taking it or advise her of the risks of kidney damage to her unborn child if she continued to take it. The settlement will provide payments to the child during his lifetime totaling $3,500,000.00. San Diego Superior Court, 2009
$1,000,000.00 Settlement in a wrongful death action for the wife of a 48-year-old former army ranger who was at the time of his death working as a billing clerk for a major downtown Los Angeles law firm. The defendant doctor, his cardiologist, failed to diagnose and treat severe coronary artery disease. San Bernardino Superior Court, 2008
$400,000.00 – Northern California Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death – The negligence of a Nurse Midwife in failing to promptly deliver a perfectly healthy term baby who got stuck in the birth canal, resulting in the baby’s death due to asphyxiation. This settlement was with the hospital that employed the nurse midwife. (California medical malpractice law limits the non-economic damages for loss of the love and affection of a child to $250,000.00), 2008
$250,000.00 Arbitration Award – Riverside Kaiser – The 73-year-old husband and father of five adult children died of a pulmonary embolism following elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery). Due to his age and the nature of the surgery he was at high risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and either mechanical and/or pharmaceutical prophylaxis (preventive measures) were required but not provided. Since the decedent was retired and not providing financial support to the family, the $250,000.00 award is the maximum allowed by law for non-economic damages., 2006
$564,518.00 Verdict for a 52-year-old Operating Room technician who suffered a severe disabling brachial plexus injury during his own abdominal surgery. San Bernardino Superior Court, 2005
$1,500,000.00 Settlement. Bakersfield. Medical malpractice of doctors and nurses in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit resulted in severe brain Damage of a 23-day-old infant, 2004
$1,350,000.00 Settlement. Imperial County. Negligence of Obstetrician, Nurses and Pediatrician resulted in severe brain damage, developmental delay and severe permanent disability of a baby born prematurely. The settlement was structured to guarantee payments over the lifetime of the child totaling $7,000,000.00, 2004
$250,000.00 Arbitration Award – Los Angeles – Medical Malpractice, failure to diagnosis and treat Cardiac Artery Disease risk factors resulting in death of husband and father. (The decedent was disabled from a back injury and there was no loss of support. Under California law $250,000.00 for non-economic damages was the maximum recoverable.), 2003
$1,500,000 Jury Verdict, Los Angeles Superior Court, in a Medical Malpractice case for the wrongful death of a 15-year-old daughter. The girls cardiologist failed to diagnosis and treat congestive heart failure, 2002
$1,000,000.00 Settlement. San Bernardino. 46-year-old wife and mother bled to death during elective lumbar spine surgery, 1996
$950,000.00 Settlement. San Diego. Anesthesiologist failed to properly monitor a 35-year-old woman during surgery resulting in severe brain damage, 1995
$1,750,000.00 settlement for a 2-year-old girl suffered brain damage as a result of her pediatricians failure to diagnosis spinal meningitis, 1995
$1,000,000.,00 Jury verdict in a wrongful death action for the drowning death in a public swimming pool of a 32-year-old father of two minor children. Riverside Superior Court, 1992
$2,250,000.00 Jury verdict in a Medical Malpractice case against a hospital for negligent failure to insure the competence of its staff physicians. The 5-year-old plaintiff suffered mild brain damage when he had a cardio-respiratory arrest during a routine tonsillectomy. The staff anesthesiologist failed to recognize a treat the evolving condition. Orange County Superior Court, 1985
$775,000.00 Settlement. Santa Barbara. Medical Malpractice of emergency Room doctor who failed to diagnose a pulmonary embolism resulting in the death of a 48-year-old husband and father.
$475,000.00 Settlement. Riverside Medical malpractice in performing a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy caused severe damage to the common bile duct of a 75-year-old man.
$625,000.00 Settlement. Riverside. Medical Malpractice in failure to diagnose and treat lung cancer resulting in the death of a 47-year-old husband and father.
$825,000.00 Settlement. San Bernardino. Medical Malpractice in failure to diagnose breast cancer resulted in the death of a 38-year-old wife and mother.
$925,000.00 Settlement. Riverside. Emergency Doctor failed to diagnose a heart attack and set the patient, a 40-year-old husband and father home, resulting in his preventable death.
$1,450,000.00 Settlement. San Diego. Medical Malpractice of an Obstetrician who failed to diagnose and treat pregnancy-induced hypertension resulting in the death of a 28-year-old wife and mother.
$1,500,000.00 Settlement. Riverside. Malpractice of an Obstetrician during delivery of a baby resulting in Cerebral Palsy
$1,650,000.00 Settlement – Riverside. A 2-year-old girl suffered brain damage due to the negligence of her pediatrician who failed to diagnose spinal meningitis.
$600,000.00 Jury Verdict for the wrongful death of a 2-month-old baby due to the negligence of Emergency Room doctor and nurses. Riverside Superior Court
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