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Medical malpractice suit filed after scalpel found in patient

A rather shocking incident of alleged medical negligence may have veterans and their loved ones more concerned than ever over the health care provided to retired military personnel. Thank goodness it didn't happen in Tennessee, but with Veterans Affairs hospitals all over the country, it very well could have. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed only recently after the discovery of a scalpel that had apparently been left inside a patient four years prior.

When the 61-year-old plaintiff -- after experiencing chronic abdominal pain -- began suffering from dizziness, he sought treatment at his VA hospital. This was the same hospital he had attended four years previously for a surgical procedure in Aug. 2013. At his March 2017 visit, doctors ordered an MRI to attempt to discover the reasons for his dizzy spell.

Tennessee slip-and-fall accidents often due to others' negligence

In Tennessee and across the nation, thousands of individuals are injured every year, some seriously and permanently, when they slip and fall on public property. Occasionally, this is simply an unfortunate accident, such as when an individual simply wasn't watching where he or she was going. Often, however, slip-and fall accidents may instead be due to the negligence of property owners or employees by their failure to maintain safe premises.

In another state, a recently filed lawsuit is alleging just such a failure, after a woman suffered serious spinal injuries and more when she fell in a Giant Eagle supermarket. The woman, a business invitee to the store, apparently slipped in a puddle of water near the flower section at the entrance of the store. As a result, she suffered numerous, lasting bodily injuries.

Trucking accidents: Massive size can lead to catastrophic results

Due to their massive size, crashes involving tractor-trailers and semis are often devastating. Serious injuries and significant damage to other vehicles are quite common in these types of collisions. Sadly, many trucking accidents result not just in injured victims but in fatalities. 

A recent trucking accident on Highway 412 proved to be a deadly example of this. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, the fatal crash occurred when a man's vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor trailer. The 70-year-old was turning his pickup truck into a driveway when a tractor-trailer following behind him collided with his vehicle.

High cost in suffering from defective drugs and medical devices

When a doctor or surgeon recommends a specific medication or medical device, most patients in Tennessee trust in that health care provider's knowledge and expertise. Sometimes, unfortunately, unbeknown to doctors, that very same medication or device that is intended to save a life or improve the health of patients is, in fact, faulty or even dangerous. When defective drugs and medical devices cause harm to patients, shouldn't someone be held responsible for the suffering that results?

In another state, a recently filed lawsuit is attempting to do just that. A husband and wife are suing the manufacturers of an allegedly defective hernia mesh for negligence. The mesh, the legal complaint alleges, caused the husband to develop a serious infection following the surgical procedure to install it.

Which of these medical devices caused your injuries?

Have you or a loved one suffered the consequences of a defective or dangerous medical device? Under certain circumstances, you might have grounds to pursue financial relief through the Tennessee civil justice system. Despite strict control and observation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, injuries and deaths resulting from such devices remain prevalent.

You may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the designers, manufacturers and marketers of medical devices that caused the death or injury. Medical devices that could cause harm if they are defective include pacemakers, implants, surgical instruments and prosthetics.

Jury awards $26M in medical malpractice neck surgery case

A jury for a recent lawsuit in a state neighboring Tennessee recently found in favor of the plaintiff, but even the $26 million in damages awarded are likely small consolation in the wake of the difficulties the woman has suffered. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed against the hospital where the plaintiff's neck surgery took place approximately five years ago. Unfortunately, between the surgical procedure itself and the demonstrably poor follow-up care she received, the woman is now disabled.

The incident all started in Oct. 2012 when, following a 5k run, the plaintiff needed to undergo a common neck fusion surgery at St. Francis Hospital. Records indicate that the operation was believed to have gone well at the time, but the day following the procedure, the patient found herself unable to swallow. When she returned to the hospital, tests revealed what appeared to be a large bubble perched atop the woman's windpipe. It was believed to be the cause of her difficulty swallowing.

Xarelto to join long list of defective drugs and medical devices

Many residents of Tennessee likely either rely on prescription medications or medical devices themselves or know someone who does. Such items and medicines are supposed to help keep people healthy. Frighteningly, sometimes, the opposite occurs, and defective drugs and medical devices instead cause even more health problems for patients.

One such medication that is garnering national attention of late is that of the allegedly hazardous drug Xarelto. This blood thinning drug has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration since 2011 to treat patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation, a rhythmic heart disorder. Xarelto is intended to prevent blood clotting, as clots can, in turn, lead to strokes, pulmonary embolisms and heart attacks.

Slip-and-fall accidents could require knee surgery

Residents of Tennessee may wish to watch their step the next time they visit their local Kohl's. The chain department store that offers a wide selection of housewares and clothing is currently facing a premises liability complaint in another state. This recently filed lawsuit is only one of several in the series of injurious slip\-and\-fall accidents that seems to occur in negligently maintained stores or restaurants around the country on a weekly – if not daily – basis.

According to reports, this specific incident involved a bedspread carelessly placed in an aisle in the store. While this may sound harmless on the surface, it most certainly was not, as it ultimately resulted in the need for total knee replacement surgery for one injured shopper. The occurrence took place approximately two years ago in Dec. 2015.

Medical malpractice suit alleges botched dental surgery

While a necessary part of health, going to the dentist is a dreaded task for many people. Hopefully, news of a recent lawsuit in another state won't deter Tennessee residents from getting the dental care they need, but it could make some think twice. A woman has filed a medical malpractice suit following an allegedly botched dental surgery, as a result of which she claims she suffered permanent nerve damage.

The lawsuit names as defendants the dentist who performed the surgery, as well as the dental clinic Prosthodontics Intermedica (also known as "Pi Dental") and several Does. The claim alleges that the woman was a patient in 2015 and sought treatment to have a filling replaced in the left side of her mouth. During the procedure, the dentist and/or his nurse – one of the Does named in the suit – was allegedly careless when injecting the anesthesia into the plaintiff's mouth.

Slip-and-fall accidents can cause severe, costly injuries

Many people worry about falling, and for good reason. Slip-and-fall accidents involving a hard surface can have serious, lasting health consequences. Residents of Tennessee can, of course, take precautions in their own homes to ensure the premises are safe, but what about when they are crossing public parking lots to get to stores or restaurants?

Premises liability means that owners of public establishments are responsible for maintaining safe environments for their patrons, and in another state, a woman has just filed such a lawsuit against the international supermarket chain Aldi. The woman is suing the store for alleged negligence that, she said, resulted in injuries. She recently filed a complaint that alleged failure to provide a safe environment for shoppers.

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