By: Kelda Doherty
A prominent New York surgeon has had his privileges suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into the removal of the wrong kidney in a recent botched operation. Mount Sinai Medical Center is investigating the surgical errors and a hospital spokesperson says that it 'never should have happened."
The 76-year-old patient has expressed support for the doctor who saw him through a bout of bladder cancer in earlier years. He says he has forgiven the surgeon for mistakenly removing the wrong kidney, forcing a second operation to remove the diseased organ. The man was on dialysis prior to the surgery and will now be forced to continue dialysis for the remainder of his life unless a suitable transplant is possible.
Surly Pugsley bicycle forks have been recalled due to the fact that they can bend above the disc brake mount posing a fall hazard to the rider. The manufacturer is actually a Taiwanese based company called Aprebic Industry Co., Ltd. This is because, in our experience, a vast majority of higher-end carbon fiber bicycles are manufactured in China or Taiwan. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of this bicycle, contact our firm immediately.
The economic loss settlement that we reported on in December 2012 will be either approved or rejected by the judge next month. The settlement has been reported to be valued at as much as $1.63 billion. This is only for the people who owned Toyota vehicles who lost value in their vehicles. The personal injury lawsuits still continue. Terrence McCartney is handling several Toyota SUA cases in both the New York court and the federal MDL in California.
Ford is the latest car manufacturer having issues with its vehicles. The NHTSA is reporting that there is a concern over possible steering loss in approximately 340,000 2008 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks. There may be a recall forthcoming. Thus far, the NHTSA has received five complaints about the failure which could result in accidents and serious injuries.
By: Rhett Wallace
By Thamanna Hussain
As we have discussed in many of our da Vinci robotic surgery litigation blogs and articles, we knew that that the robot's monopolar design and failed insulation lead to tragic injuries and deaths. Our firm was the first to file lawsuits in New York, with strong allegations that Intuitive Surgical had poor training procedures. Our New York litigation has since expanded nationwide. On May 8, 2013, Intuitive Surgical made an "Urgent Medical Device Notification" relating to the hot shears (also called monopolar curved scissors) on the da Vinci robot due to the risk of stray electricity leaking to organs and tissue, causing thermal burns. Such burns may go undetected during surgery and manifest themselves only later when reoperation is needed and permanent damage or death may have occurred.
A New York couple has filed a lawsuit against a hospital which they claimed made a mistake that put their daughter in a vegetative coma. The couple brought their 19-year-old daughter to Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, New York, in January when she was suffering stomach pains. The doctors administered an endoscopy, a procedure in which a small camera is guided down the patient's throat.
The lawsuit claims that the procedure went wrong 20 minutes after it began. According to the parents' suit, medical errors led to a change in the girl's heart rate and blood pressure cut off oxygen to her brain and caused permanent damage. The parents have sued the hospital and two doctors for carelessness and negligence.