Neurosurgeon accused of intentionally botching surgeries

During the bail hearing last Monday, August 24 for Texas doctor Christopher Duntsch’s case, prosecutors submitted evidence that the neurosurgeon may have been intentionally botching his patient’s operations, leaving them paralyzed. In email sent on Dec. 11, 2011, Duntsch said to an employee, “I am ready to leave the love and kindness and goodness and patience that I mix with everything else that I am and become a cold-blooded killer”.

Several people were critically injured while two patients lost their lives due to Duntsch’s operations between the years of 2010 and 2015. Duntsch is currently facing multiple charges – including one count of injuring an elderly person and five counts of aggravated assault for allegedly mishandling spinal surgeries, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Besides the physical pain and the anxiety of lost abilities, victims of personal injury accidents are burdened with the trouble of paying for expensive medical bills.  Let our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas help you with your legal battle by calling our offices today.

Nurse and Ebola survivor Nina Pham sues Texas Health Resources

Nina Pham, a nurse who works at Dallas-based Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the hospital that housed the United States’ first Ebola case, filed a lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company on March 2, according to the LA Times.

Pham claimed that Texas Health Resources did not provide her with adequate training before she began to care for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan. According to Pham’s lawsuit, her initial training on treating an Ebola patient came from an internet print-out read by her supervisor. She added that the protective gear the hospital provided her with left her neck and arm exposed, and for the first three days as Duncan’s nurse, she was not provided a hazmat suit.

The lawsuit noted that Texas Health Resources was guilty of gross negligence, fraud, and invasion of privacy and that Pham was a “symbol of corporate neglect – a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis.”

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Family of Ebola patient agrees on settlement with Texas hospital

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas and the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, a fatal Ebola victim, reached an undisclosed settlement sum, The Associated Press reported on November 12.

The agreement stemmed from the lawsuit created by Duncan’s family after he was treated at the hospital before dying on Oct. 8, 2014. Duncan was initially misdiagnosed and sent home from the hospital’s emergency room after he came back to North Texas from Liberia on September 20. Two days later, he was taken back to the hospital and found to have Ebola, the deadly virus that has claimed the lives of over 5,000 people in West Africa.

The settlement amount was not disclosed, but considering Texas’ strict medical malpractice laws, the family’s attorney believed it was more than would have been granted in court.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter have extensive experience when it comes to handling medical malpractice cases. Call our offices today at (214) 457-1668 to discuss your case.

Dallas hospital initially releases man with Ebola virus

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Protection reported that the first American diagnosed with the Ebola virus was initially released by doctors at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Friday, September 26.

The Pop Tort, a consumer watchdog blog, writes that this move is not surprising, given Texas’ poor record with preventable medical errors. According to the CDC records, around 210,000 to 440,000 patients die each year from preventable harm that they encountered while under the care of hospitals or healthcare providers, making medical malpractice the third-leading cause of deaths among Americans. The emergency room in particular is the area where most cases of negligence occur.

Duke University-educated cardiologist Brant Mittler said the severe cap on the damage that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases in the state contributed to restricting patients’ legal rights and making Texas’ emergency rooms the most dangerous in the country.

A study published on July 22, 2014 by the Social Science Research Network showed that after Texas passed laws that limited medical malpractice lawsuits, instances of medical errors increased.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas know that negligent medical professionals cause undue harm to many people in Texas, and we are dedicated to holding these parties accountable for their damaging mistakes. Call our offices at (214) 457-1668 today to learn how we may advocate for you.

Tuberculosis exposure to infants in El Paso hospital

Over 700 babies at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso were exposed to tuberculosis from a hospital employee who is suffering from the disease, CBS DFW reported on September 21.

According to the recent announcement, the babies may have been exposed between September 2013 and August 2014. El Paso County health authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza said the hospital’s staff and workers are currently being tested, and those who have already undergone the process are waiting for their test results.

Ocaranza added that employment and medical records are being examined to discern whom among the employees might have been infected, with the goal of pinpointing the specific identities of the infants who may have gotten the brunt of the exposure.

Get in touch with our legal team at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas if you have experienced negligence at the hands of a medical professional by calling (214) 457-1668 today, and learn about your legal rights.

North Texas woman excretes surgical tool left inside her during operation

A female from North Texas discovered that a surgical tool was left inside her following a recent procedure she underwent by excreting the device while using the restroom.

Crystal Barnes had surgery sometime around the second week of September to have a four-inch cyst removed from her ovary. A few days following the operation, she was taken to the hospital after experiencing serious pain

Thus far she has only received an apology from the operating physician.

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