In February 2017, Peter DePaolis was part of the successful legal team representing a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case involving an injury during spinal surgery called posterior lumbar interbody fusion. During the surgery, a physician inserted surgical instruments called shavers too deeply into the plaintiff’s body and lacerated two major blood vessels, causing...Read More
Why is This Family Suing a Maryland Hospital?
The 15-year-old was strong, healthy and athletic prior to his first visit to a Maryland hospital. When he was admitted to the hospital just two days short of his 15th birthday, he never imagined he would be stuck with a permanent heart condition for the rest of his life. According to the medical malpractice...Read More
Why Do Maryland Lawmakers Want to Create a Birth Injury Fund?
Our Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Injury Attorneys Fight on Behalf of Children with Birth InjuriesNew legislation could drastically alter how birth injury cases operate in Maryland. In response to judgments for medical malpractice cases, some lawmakers in the state... Read More
Johnson & Johnson Said to Reach $4 Billion Settlement for DePuy Hip Lawsuits
Bloomberg reported that a $4 billion settlement has been rumored to be reached, which could potentially resolve thousands of lawsuits involving recalled hip implants, according to sources familiar with the litigation. This could be the largest ever settlement of U.S. legal claims and would resolve over 7,500 lawsuits in federal and state courts against Johnson...Read More
Koonz McKenney Partner Lobbies Against Healthcare Restrictions
American Association for Justice (AAJ) Partner and Washington, D.C. injury lawyer Paulette Chapman participated in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Women’s Lobbying Day on May 26th, 2011. Chapman and women trial lawyers from across the country gathered to lobby Congress against the House HR 5 Read More
Residents at a Washington D.C. Nursing Home Say the Facility Has Mounting Problems
[ubermenu-map address="Washington, D.C." zoom="14" width="375px" height="375px"] In Washington D.C., residents at the Washington Center for Aging Services and their families have reported several problems that are affecting the care of senior citizens at the facility. One female resident told her family that the food service was struggling, and stated that lately it's become even more insufficient....Read More
Recent Studies Show Misdiagnosis is a Big Problem in the U.S.
After the publicized death of a 12-year-old boy last year, who was sent home from an emergency room after doctors misdiagnosed the systemic infection that quickly killed him, the media put a human face on the problem of misdiagnosis in America. Misdiagnosis “happens all the time,” stated David Newman-Toker, who studies diagnostic errors. “This is...Read More
Dozens of Patients Exposed to Scabies in Norfolk Hospital
In Virginia, dozens of former patients have been told they may have been exposed to scabies at a hospital in Norfolk. According to The Virginian-Pilot, a patient with scabies was admitted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in early August, which caused an employee to contract scabies. Due to the hospital’s negligence, eight other workers and...Read More
Diagnostic Errors are Leading Cause of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
According to the British Medical Journal, diagnostic errors are the main source of medical malpractice lawsuits; however, little is being done to identify such errors and measure their effects. A research team examined 350,000 medical malpractice allegations from 1986 to 2010. Incorrect, missed, or delayed diagnoses accounted for 29 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits; they...Read More
The Many Faces of Medical Malpractice
Most people associate medical malpractice with doctors, particularly surgeons. While thousands of patients suffer injuries every year at the hands of negligent doctors and surgeons, victims report instances of medical negligence every day at the hands of other healthcare workers. Nurses, physical therapists, dentists, orthodontists, nursing...Read More