Entries by Kevin Dugan

Lead Extractions in Catherization Labs May Result in Wrongful Death

Despite clear warnings in medical literature, electrophysiologists continue to engage in the gravely dangerous practice of removing leads in catherization labs. Millions of Americans experience heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmia) which may require the implantation of pacemakers or defibrillators to regulate the heart rate. These devices connect to the heart muscle with leads—wires that run from […]

Sidestepping the Repeal of Joint and Several Liability a Case Study

I. Introduction: A little-known strategy recently helped us obtain a $7.5 million settlement for a paralyzed client despite the fact that the primarily liable defendant “only” had $1.5 million in liability coverage. A defendant who is less than fifty percent at fault may still be held responsible for all of the plaintiffs’ damages even though […]

Living with the Devastating Effects of Cerebral Palsy

It would have been hard to miss the news clip of Pope Francis stopping his motorcade in order to bless a young child with cerebral palsy while he was visiting the United States. Today, the Washington Post published a heart-rending article about the “story behind the story”. WaPo reporter Julie Zauzmer did an excellent job […]

Birth Injury Malpractice Lawsuit Alleges Botched Surgery

A Chicago area woman has filed a birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit against Advocate North Side Health Network doing business as Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Advocate Health & Hospitals Corp. doing business as advocate Medical Group, Dr. Elise Halajian and Dr. Gloria Redondo for allegedly botching a circumcision. According to the complaint, on Sept. […]

Birth Injury Verdict Upheld

A $900,000 birth injury verdict has been upheld by an appellate court after the court determined that the defendant’s expert did not meet the standard for expert testimony admissability. The birth injury verdict involved a child who suffered shoulder dystocia after a vacuum-assisted delivery. Dr. Jeffery Wener testified on behalf of the child and argued […]

The Relationship Between Cerebral Palsy and Medical Malpractice

The medical condition known as cerebral palsy is actually a term used to classify a number of neurological disorders that affect a child’s motor skills permanently affecting body movement and muscle coordination. It is caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movements. The majority of children with cerebral palsy acquire the […]

Brachial Plexus Injuries

The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched, compressed, or in the most serious cases, ripped apart or torn away from the spinal cord. Complications in the birthing process may result in permanent […]

Is Your Hospital A Safe Place or a Hot Bed for Infections?

There’s an old saying, when you’re sick the last place you should be is in a hospital. Unfortunately, it’s often the case that hospitals are dangerous places where sick people get sicker. This is so because hospitals can be hotspots for infections and diseases that are transmitted from one patient to another. Consumer Reports has […]