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Family of boy receives $7.8 million for hospital errors

A jury in Tennessee returned a verdict of $7.8 million in damages on a lawsuit involving a child who suffered brain damage as a result of improper hospital treatment. The hospital errors included failure to administer proper medications, which led to brain damage.The suit was filed against the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. The lawsuit, filed by the family of a 12-year-old boy, alleged that the victim received treatment in 2004 at the facility for a wound inflicted by a nail. He was not given the proper antibiotics and caught a flesh-eating form of bacteria that caused him to require skin grafts and later slip into a coma. The victim suffered brain damage as a result of the coma.

Aborted kidney transplant could spur lawsuit against hospital

The family of a patient waiting for a kidney transplant must have felt great relief when their loved one was about to receive a kidney from a living donor. Unfortunately, mishandling of the organ by healthcare professionals at the University of Toledo resulted in a cancellation of the surgery as the kidney was judged to be unusable. The living-donor transplant program at the University's Medical Center was suspended as a result. Will this hospital error result in a medical malpractice case against the medical center? Some experts think it is likely.While medical malpractice is not always easy to prove, in the present case, it is apparently unquestioned that something went awry, resulting in the loss of the precious kidney. Suitable transplant organs are very rare as the organ must match certain aspects of the recipient's blood type and other factors. In this case, the organ was to be donated through a process known as "living-donor" transplant. The donor in these types of transplants volunteers to give an organ, often to a family member, to prevent the person staying on a list for years waiting for a suitable match.

Settlement: Columbus hospital must pay $1.25 million to family

Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center agreed to a $1.25 million dollar settlement last week to compensate the family of a Cleveland, Ohio, man left with a brain injury after an apparent hospital error. The suit was filed in 2010 by the victim's mother, who asserted in her suit that her son received improper medical care during surgery for testicular cancer. She claimed that various hospital errors led to cardiac failure and hemorrhage for her son, and the result of these complications left the victim in a vegetative state.The total settlement amount will not be paid immediately. Instead, the hospital agreed to pay the family in stages, with a lump sum given to the victim's family immediately and payments made on the balance through an established trust. Hospital representatives and members of the victim's family didn't comment on the settlement, but the Ohio Attorney General's office issued a statement that praised the resolution as "fair and just." According to a medical center spokesman, this is not the largest single settlement in the center's history.

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