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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
Dr. Keith P. Blaire became an intentional victim of medical malpractice when he was admitted to the hospital at the age of 86 to find the source of his back pain.  At the time, he had some short-term memory problems, but he was able to follow the news, sports, and his favorite tv shows, as well as take care of all of his physical needs....
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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
Charles Blevins had arthroscopic knee surgery at an outpatient surgical center.  Three days later he went to an emergency room with severe pain and a fever, and he had to undergo further surgery and receive antibiotics for a bacterial infection.  He later learned three others who had been operated at the same outpatient center and also...
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4/28/2016
Posted by Connor
Pauline Tavares, 79, was admitted to a hospital with encephalitis and was given medication to control her anxiety.  The next morning a nurse fed Pauline, but when her doctor came by at noon he said the nurse, “Probably shouldn’t have done that,” because of Pauline’s condition and the medication she had taken. At 1 pm...
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4/25/2016
Posted by Connor
Elizabeth Nicks was a 12-year-old cheerleader who was being held in the air by three fellow cheerleaders when they lost their grip and she fell to the ground.  A spotter was not in the proper position to catch her. She went to a hospital with what was diagnosed as a relatively minor bleeding in her brain, a potentially dangerous situation...
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4/25/2016
Posted by Connor
He was a father of two with a new RN certification.  But without warning, Doug Shelby found himself in a medic; emergency.  Late that night in December 2006, Shelby was rushed to an emergency room not far from his LA County home.  He felt like his “stomach had exploded.”  His abdomen was distended. At the ER, a CT...
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4/25/2016
Posted by Connor
Although he was a gifted athlete who excelled at basketball, John Ritchie suffered health problems for more than a decade related to a heart condition. Finally, midway through his 30’s, doctors determined Ritchie needed a heart transplant.  After a five-year wait on the transplant list at UCLA Medical Center, Ritchie and his family...
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4/25/2016
Posted by Connor
She would be an adult now if not for medical negligence.  Back in the Christmas season of 2002, Leah Coufal was the life of her family, a cute funny girl of just 11 when she underwent elective surgery to correct a fairly common birth condition known as pigeon chest, which left her with a protruding breastbone.  On the cusp of...
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4/25/2016
Posted by Connor
She had been born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare birth defect that left underdeveloped cheekbones, ears and jaw.  But to her parents, Delaney Gonzalez was perfect.  She was mentally sharp as any 16-month-old child. The family hoped a series of operations could help mend their little girl.  The first of those surgeries was to...
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4/25/2016
Posted by Connor
Olivia Cull was born with a defect that left one side of her heart smaller than the other.  She had surgery to correct it as a baby but needed a second operation as a 17-year-old senior in high school.  During a catheterization procedure to prepare for that second operation, there was an “incident” as Olivia’s mother...
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4/25/2016
Posted by Connor
He was a surfer, doing what he loved best: riding the California waves.  The swell was up that day in 2004 off Half Moon Bay, sending the board careening toward Paul Ethier, hitting him directly on the head.  When the 29-year-old electrician managed to make his way out of the water, friends quickly carted him to the emergency room....