Medical Malpractice

Two feeding tubes punctured lungs, causing wrongful death. $1.5M, reduced by MICRA. Los Angeles County.

Nurse injures patient in placement of feeding tubes.

  • Case Name: Nahid Lahiji v. Providence Little Co of Mary Medical Center-Torrance, John Flynn RN, and Roman Culjat MD
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, March 16, 2020

Plaintiff suffers hemiparesis after revision back surgery. $1.7M. Ventura County.

Cervical herniation occurs during lumbar surgery; delay in surgical treatment is said to cause hemiparesis.

  • Case Name: Tannia Delapaz v. Roe Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, December 19, 2019

Medical malpractice alleged during hysterectomy. $308K. Alameda County.

After hysterectomy, plaintiff goes to ER where general surgeon finds a bowel problem.

  • Case Name: Natacha Smith v. Baotram H. Nguyen M.D.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, December 06, 2019

Mother dies shortly after giving birth at hospital. $10.8M. San Bernardino County.

36-year-old mother experienced profound uterine bleeding after C-section delivery. She was transferred to the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) and then the ICU.  Plaintiffs claimed negligent treatment led to her death.

  • Case Name: Yingzhi Li, Cathy Li, Gloria Li and Grace Li v. Thomas Tuan-Tong Lee, M.D., Thomas Tuan-Tong Lee, M.D., Inc., Grand Medical Group Ob/Gyn, Inc., Nicolaas Martin Grobler, M.D., Inland Pulmonary Medical Group, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Prime Healthcare Montclair, LLC, and Philong V. Ta, M.D.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Undiagnosed heart disease leads to heart attack after surgery. $1.7M arb award. San Bernardino County.

Plaintiff claims Kaiser never performed EKG prior to hernia surgery.  Low settlement offers.

  • Case Name: Konopelko v. Kaiser
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Plaintiff claims delayed diagnosis/repair of perforation during surgery. Defense. Los Angeles County.

Patient says surgeon failed to timely diagnose and repair a perforation that followed abdominal surgery.

  • Case Name: Lucas v. Marcus
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Nurse, a patient, claims malpractice in pain control by ER staff. Defense. San Diego County.

Pain shooting down the leg sends an RN to the emergency room. She goes into PEA arrest after pain meds.

  • Case Name: Doe Patient v. Roe Hospital and Roe Medical Group
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, February 08, 2019

Stillborn birth blamed on medical malpractice during labor. $500K. Riverside County.

17-year-old claims medical malpractice when nursing staff does not keep fetus monitored during labor.

  • Case Name: Minor plaintiff mother v. Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Med malpractice claimed after finger surgery results in later amputation. Defense. Riverside County.

Hand surgeon and ER physician claimed to be negligent after unsuccessful surgery leads to finger amputation.

  • Case Name: Deborah Hill, Rocky Hill v. Temecula Valley Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, James Jee-Ling Chao, M.D., Gabriella Minera, D.O., Heather Crooks Bruner, M.D.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, August 24, 2018

Brain damage results from bleeding during heart surgery, leaves patient in vegetative state. $68M. Fresno County.

Cardiothoracic surgeon said to leave surgery before it is completed. Patient begins to bleed profusely and there is no qualified surgeon available.

  • Case Name: Cristobal Arteaga, individually; Maria A. Arteaga Alvarez, individually; and Cristobal Arteaga, as Guardian ad Litem of Silvino Perez v. Fresno Community Regional Medical Center; Pervaiz A. Chaudhry, M.D.; Valley Cardiac Surgery Medical Group; and Does On
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Med mal: Patient dies after Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Defense. Los Angeles County.

It becomes a battle of medical experts when patient dies after cosmetic surgery. Defendant doctor refuses consent to settlement.

  • Case Name: Leon v. Plastic Surgeon, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Hospital staff neglects to consider child abuse when infant is brought to ER. $8.4M. Amador County.

Hospital's medical staff training on child abuse reporting laws at issue.

  • Case Name: Cree Miller v. Sutter Sacramento Sierra Region, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Podiatric surgery and post-surgical care called negligent. Defense verdict. Sacramento County.

Patient says podiatrist didn't respond to symptoms of DVT after negligent surgery.

  • Case Name: Aaron Hiatt v. Roy Rubin, M.D., Inc. and Phong Le, DPM
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Student misses out on law school and Olympic dream due to botched gallstone surgery. $7.6 million. Los Angeles County.

Abdominal surgery for gallstones goes awry on college athlete intent on becoming a lawyer.

  • Case Name: Licudine v. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

HMO provider group of physicians does not provide timely hand surgery. $7.2M. Los Angeles County.

Following a bad hand injury, plaintiff receives referral after referral through his HMO, but no timely surgery.



  • Case Name: Terry J. LaRue v. Health Net of California, Inc.; Accountable Health Care IPA, A Professional Medical Corporation; Roe physician, and Does 1 through 100, inclusive
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, May 04, 2017

Aspiration warnings for 73-year-old hospital patient ignored by staff. $1.7M. Los Angeles County.

Medical negligence by nursing staff is blamed for death when patient aspirates food in rehab program after neck surgery.

  • Case Name: Higgins v. Providence Health System – Southern California dba Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 14, 2017