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Record Setting Medical Malpractice Verdict

In what is being reported as the largest medical malpractice verdict in Wyoming state history, a jury has just awarded a man and his wife $9 million as the result of emergency room negligence. The medical malpractice case arose out of the actions taken by ER physicians and staff after a 51-year-old oil field worker suffered injuries in a truck accident. The man was driving down an icy road when his truck slid off the pavement, rolled over several times and landed upside down. He was immobilized by emergency medical workers who placed him on a backboard and fit him with a neck brace to prevent further damage.

If you have suffered injuries in any type of accident, after you’ve obtained the medical assistance necessary, it is important to speak with an experienced Stockton personal injury lawyer to protect your rights and determine your next steps. In many circumstances, it may be possible to obtain compensation for your harm.

In this situation, the treatment the accident victim received – or failed to receive – led to further injuries. Once the truck driver arrived at the hospital, the ER physician ordered X-rays and CT scans of the patient’s head, spine and facial bones but not of his neck – despite his complaining of neck pain and was released without a cervical collar. Four days later he returned to the hospital with extreme shoulder and neck pain, along with weakness in his arm. Tests revealed he had a broken neck requiring emergency surgery. As the result of the failed diagnosis, the man is in extreme pain, unable to work and primarily confined to home due to his disability. Based on evidence introduced at trial, the jury determined the hospital had been negligent in failing to take neck x-rays.

If you believe you have been injured as the result of another’s negligence, consulting with an experienced accident attorney can help. In situations where you believe you may have been harmed as the result of medical negligence, a top medical malpractice attorney can begin an investigation the circumstances surrounding an injury. Where medical personnel including nurses, physicians and other health care workers fail to meet the requisite standard of care, they may be found liable for medical malpractice and be held responsible to pay damages.

For more information or if you believe you or a loved one has been injured as the result of another’s wrongful conduct, contact a top Stockton personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate consultation.

Gross Negligence Complaint Filed Against Northern California Doctor For Prescription Drug Deaths

A Northern California doctor has been accused of gross negligence in connection with prescription drugs. According to a report issued by the Medical Board of California, Dr. Thomas Neuschatz allegedly prescribed “escalating doses” of narcotics to patients who already had addiction issues. Further, he failed to take steps to determine and alleviate their complaints of pain.

The wrongful death and negligence complaint alleges that the doctor who practiced in Marysville, Chico and rural Yuba County caused the deaths of nine patients under his care. If you suspect a physician’s conduct has lead to the death of a loved one, seek the advice of a top Stockton wrongful death attorney right away. You may be able to recover compensation and protect others from harm.

Unfortunately, complaints such as those against Neuschatz are not uncommon. Prescription pain pills have been linked to more than 15,000 deaths/year or 41/day in the United States, making it a “national epidemic” according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One of the main culprits is the rise in prescriptions for morphine-based drugs, including oxycodone, methadone and Soma.

Specific complaints include that Neuschatz prescribed painkillers far in excess of the recommended amounts and that he continued to prescribe drugs to a 19-year-old boy who had a history of drug abuse.

Gross negligence claims against physicians arise as the result of “repeated acts of clearly excessive prescribing, furnishing, dispensing, or administering, of drugs or treatment …. as determined by the standard of the community of licensees…for a physician and surgeon, dentist, podiatrist, psychologist, physical therapist, chiropractor, optometrist, speech-language pathologist, or audiologist.”

In addition to the claim against Neuschatz, the California medical board has filed a complaint against an East Bay doctor – Edward Manougian – for his alleged activity in prescribing narcotic pain pills to patients who subsequently died.

A complaint has also been filed against a Santa Barbara doctor nicknamed the “candy man” who has been linked to at least a dozen patient deaths as the result of prescription drug negligence.

If the Medical Board of California determines that Neuschatz is guilty of gross negligence, he may lose his license to practice medicine in California and be subject to significant fines and penalties.

The disciplinary actions are separate from any civil action – including wrongful death lawsuits or medical malpractice actions – that may be filed by the patients or the patients’ surviving family members.

For more information about medical malpractice, prescription negligence or if you believe you or a family member has suffered an injury as the result of the actions of a medical professional please do not hesitate to contact a top Stockton wrongful death lawyer at the Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette. Our dedicated California personal injury lawyers are dedicated to protecting your rights.

Nursing Home Negligence Alleged In Walter v. Petaluma Health and Rehabilitation

A Petaluma woman has sued a California nursing home for negligence surrounding the treatment of her mother while in the care of the facility. According to the nursing home negligence complaint filed on behalf of Elizabeth Walter, the 80-year-old woman suffered from malnutrition, infections and dehydration as the result of neglect, negligence and fraud at a Petaluma nursing home as well as by the home health care agency providing her care.

The complaint alleges that the woman suffered a broken hip while Accentcare Home Health of California was providing her in-home care. Walter was subsequently moved to Petaluma Health and Rehabilitation for daily care. While there, she was allegedly denied “appropriate care and treatment that included food, hydration, wound care, monitoring and assessment.” When admitted to the hospital a month later, Walter’s condition had worsened.

If you believe a loved one has been subjected to nursing home negligence, a Stockton injury lawyer can help. An experienced negligence attorney can work with a family to help ensure a loved one receives the care he or she deserves and fight to obtain compensation for any harm incurred.

Elder abuse/nursing home negligence is a particularly troubling form of negligence. Unfortunately, it often occurs at the hands of a trusted family member or caregiver who takes advantage of our elders when they are the most vulnerable. Nursing home negligence can take many forms, including but not limited to:

• Physical abuse

• Neglect

• Verbal/emotional abuse

• Financial impropriety

• Sexual abuse

Although in some cases indications of abuse are not present, other times warning signs exist that your loved one is not receiving the care they deserve. Some elder abuse warning signs include:

• Mood changes – such as becoming withdrawn or quiet

• Deteriorating physical health

• Bedsores

• Unexplained bruises or other injuries

• Declining personal hygiene

For more information about elder abuse/nursing home negligence or if you believe a loved one has been mistreated while in the care of a nursing home, contact a Stockton injury attorney at the Law Office of Frederick J. Sette for an immediate free consultation.

Palo Alto Veteran Settles Hospital Negligence Case

According to the Silicon Valley Mercury News, a military veteran has resolved his medical negligence claim against a Northern California Veterans Administration hospital for $250,000. David W. Woodward Sr. alleged that he became legally blind as the result of negligent care he received at the hospital.

Woodward is one of eight patients who were treated for eye problems at the Palo Alto hospital, only to be informed later that improper care may have caused their loss of vision.

Medical malpractice occurs where a medical professional's inadequate, negligent or reckless conduct causes harm. When doctors, nurses or other hospital staff fail to provide the standard of care required, they may be found negligent and required to compensate patients for their injuries. Here, Woodward was informed by the hospital's chief of staff that his glaucoma may have been prevented if his eye treatment had been overseen and reviewed by an eye care specialist.

Although physicians and other health care professionals cannot guarantee results, when we go to the doctor we expect to be treated adequate care and skill. Here, although the government did not admit responsibility the chief of staff revealed there may have been "improper care."

If you have believe you have been harmed by the wrongful or negligent conduct of a health care professional, contact The Law Offices of Frederick J. Sette, dedicated to helping victims of negligence for more than 15 years.