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Intensive care patient suffers Stage IV bedsores, septic shock and malnutrition causing quadriplegia

Location: Pike County, Kentucky

Plaintiff: A 68-year-old woman
Defendant: A hospital
Amount: Confidential settlement
Alleged Injuries: Gross negligence, carelessness, deviation from accepted standards of care, loss of spousal consortium and breach of contract after a woman was admitted to the hospital and developed multiple stage IV pressure ulcers, malnutrition, septic shock, and functional quadriplegia

Description:  A 68-year-old woman walked into the hospital under her own power with complaints of nausea, vomiting, and chest tightness. She was admitted in-patient to be treated for respiratory failure. Over the course of the next month at the hospital, grossly substandard provision of care by the intensive unit caused multiple stage IV pressure ulcers, malnutrition, septic shock, and functional quadriplegia.

Protracted litigation resulted in a confidential settlement for the intensive care unit’s gross negligence and loss of spousal consortium.

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Medical Malpractice

Plaintiff: An injured man and his wife
Defendant: A large hospital system
Amount: Multi-million dollar verdict
Alleged Injuries: Multiple severe bedsores and infections including cellulitis, MRSA and osteomyelitis resulting in colostomy, partial removal of the heel bone and below-the-knee amputation. 

Description: Wilkes & McHugh's client went to the emergency room of a large teaching hospital with severe back pain. The hospital sent him home with pain medications. He returned to the hospital the next day and was diagnosed with Cauda Equina, a rare condition that damages the nerves in the lower portion of the spinal cord. He had surgery and was expected to need about two weeks of rehabilitation before he could go home. Instead, he developed multiple, severe, bone-deep bedsores that ultimately lead to infections and the amputation of one of his legs below the knee. 

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Morphine overdose at California hospital leads to brain damage

Location: Orange County, California

Plaintiff: An injured woman
Defendant: Covenant Care of California
Amount: $3.2 million verdict
Alleged Injuries: Wrongful conduct; Direct and vicarious liability; General negligence; Professional negligence; Lack of informed consent; Reckless neglect and physical abuse; and Intentional or reckless infliction of emotional distress among other counts. Plaintiff suffered respiratory depression and anoxic brain injury from a morphine overdose.

Description: When our client entered Covenant Care of California, LLC (doing business as St. Edna’s Subacute and Rehabilitation Center) to recover from tendon surgery. She was prescribed morphine for post-surgical pain whereupon the pharmacy notified St. Edna’s staff that the morphine order was unusually high. Procedure requires that the resident’s attending physician approve medication orders, but facility staff did not obtain the attending physician’s approval to administer the morphine injection.

Our client began to exhibit signs of respiratory depression and was transferred to Garden Grove Emergency Room. She was later seen at UCLA Medical Center, where the neurology team concluded that she had suffered an anoxic brain injury as a result of the morphine overdose at St. Edna’s. This resulted in deficits in coordination, executive function, reduced cognitive function, and impaired judgment. Our client spent more than six months after her discharge relearning how to walk, talk, eat, and groom herself. Since then, she has required 24-hour supervision to assist her with activities of daily living.

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Man dies after getting wrong medications at Florida hospital

Location: Hernando County, Florida

Plaintiff: An 86-year-old man 
Defendant: A hospital
Amount: Confidential settlement
Alleged Injuries: Medical malpractice, negligence, and wrongful death after a hospital patient was given the wrong medications and died

Description:  The plaintiff had seizures, convulsions, a heart attack and died after a hospital pharmacist and nurse processed and administered three medications that were never intended for him.

The plaintiff was given Morphine, Narcan and Bupivicane. Narcan is an antagonist for morphine, and Bupivicane is used for nerve blockages. Bupivicane is a topical drug that is not supposed to be used intravenously, as the pharmacist’s instructions directed.

The drug cocktail was intended for another patient, but pharmacist misinterpreted the prescription, and the nurses gave the medications to the plaintiff instead. Soon after a nurse gave the plaintiff the Bupivicane through an IV, he began to seize and convulse before having a heart attack. He died that night.

The hospital and its staff failed to perform a documented nursing practice of the “5 Rs” (right patient, right medication, right dosage, right route and right time) before administering the medication. They also failed to have an appropriate system of checks and balances in the pharmacy department to prevent dangerous, life-threatening medicines from being given to the wrong patient.

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