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September 2012 Archives

Court: patient can sue for failure to diagnose cancer

Readers in Houston, Texas, might be interested to know that an appeals court in another state recently overturned a decision by a county judge who had dismissed a medical malpractice lawsuit. A woman who, for five years, was not told that she had a cancerous kidney can now sue both the doctor and the clinic for her delayed diagnosis.

Attention Houston: jury awards patient $2M for surgical errors

As Houston readers can agree, people go to their doctors hoping they will help them feel better. But unfortunately, sometimes doctors can make things worse. This is exactly what happened to a man in another state who went in for back surgery. The surgeon botched his surgery so badly that he later sued for medical malpractice and was recently awarded $2 million.

Doctor faces both criminal charges and wrongful death suits

Readers in Houston might be interested in a recent story about a doctor who is facing involuntary manslaughter charges after he allegedly prescribed large amounts of painkillers to eight patients who fatally overdosed. The doctor also faces four medical malpractice suits, three of which are wrongful death suits.

Nurse causes organ damage to donated kidney

Readers in Harris County may find it alarming that recently a nurse at a hospital accidentally disposed of a donated kidney, leaving it unusable for transplantation. Although the incident occurred at an out-of-state facility, surgical errors like this can happen anywhere and can have severe consequences.

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