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These Medical Malpractice Cases Will Shock You

These Medical Malpractice Cases Will Shock You

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The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) states that medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the country. Medical malpractice payouts amount to billions of dollars each year. A malpractice claim is said to exist when a healthcare provider deviates from the normal standard of care in treating a patient. Unfortunately, the extent of malpractice is quite shocking, and reflects poorly on the medical community that we respect and depend on. Here are three shocking real-life medical malpractice lawsuits that made headlines.

1. Sherman Sizemore Anesthesia Awareness Case

This lawsuit may sound like it’s right out of a Robin Cook medical thriller. Sherman Sizemore, a 73-year old baptist minister from West Virginia had the horrifying experience of being conscious during a surgery investigating his persistent abdominal pain. The anesthesiologists did not administer the general anesthetic that would have rendered him unconscious after the surgery. Such was the trauma experienced by Sizemore that he committed suicide two weeks after the surgery. Family members revealed that he was troubled by nightmares and developed a fear that people were trying to bury him alive.

Anesthesia awareness affects anywhere between 20,000 and 40,000 Americans each year. The phenomenon is characterized by wakefulness during surgery (feeling pain, discomfort and stress of surgery) but without the ability to speak or move.

2. Gross patient negligence at Brooklyn Hospital

On June 19, 2008 49-year old Esmin Green died an undignified death in the waiting room of Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. Green had been sitting for almost 24 hours in the waiting room before she collapsed on the floor and passed away. Disturbingly, none of the hospital staff attended to her as she lay on the floor, and it’s only 30 minutes after she fell silent that a nurse examined her. Green’s death had been caused by pulmonary thromboemboli, a sudden blockage of the lung artery due to a blood clot elsewhere in the body. Patients suffering from this condition are advised not to sit for long hours to prevent clots from forming. Had the doctors at Kings County noticed her swollen legs and administered careful care, she would have been alive.

3. Sperm mix-up

In 2007, a New York couple was granted a claim for ‘wrongful conception’ after filing a negligent lawsuit against in-vitro fertilization clinic New York Medical Services for Reproductive Medicine. Nancy Andrews was impregnated with sperm from a total stranger by the clinic’s embryologist. The daughter born to the white couple had a distinct African American skin tone, which aroused suspicion that their genetic material had been inappropriately used for others.

Contact the Medical Malpractice Law Firm of Bice Law

If you believe you have suffered injury or harm due to medical malpractice, take the first step to protect your legal rights contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law.   We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly.  Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney.

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