Medical Malpractice

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

Doctor shoots Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) into patient's eye, causing permanent damage. $213K. San Luis Obispo County.

Patient's left eye is damaged during elective Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) procedure.   

  • Case Name: Joanna Anderson and Chris L. Anderson v. Joseph Douglas Bettencourt, M.D., and DOE 1-25
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, December 05, 2016

Subdural hematoma w/craniotomy results in malpractice claim against Coumadin Clinic. Defense. San Diego County.

Long-term Coumadin patient says Scripps Coumadin Clinic was negligent in their monitoring of her, resulting in a subdural hematoma and a craniotomy.

  • Case Name: Leeann Standlee, et al. v. Scripps Clinic Medical Group, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Office worker sprains ankle, says care by Kaiser was negligent. Defense verdict. San Diego County.

Plaintiff develops pulmonary embolism after being treated for ankle sprain, calls medical care negligent.

  • Case Name: Elizabeth Urquhart v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group, et. al
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Cancer patient left incontinent, impotent after radical prostatectomy, blames surgeon. Defense. Los Angeles County.

68-year-old with advanced prostate cancer says no informed consent to non-nerve-sparing radical prostatetomy that leaves him incontinent and impotent. Complications during and following surgery.

  • Case Name: John Doe v. Roe M.D.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, April 08, 2016

Nerve surgery goes beyond consent of patient. $1 million. Orange County.

After a piriformis release surgery (left buttocks), plaintiff claims doctor performed an unconsented to and unnecessary second procedure on her left lower leg; claims medical negligence, battery and fraud.

  • Case Name: Nadine Froesch v. Israel P. Chambi, M.D., et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Failure to perform timely C-section leads to cerebral palsy. $9,609,305 bench verdict plus earlier settlement.

  • Case Name: I.P. v. United States of America
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Surgical patient says hospital failed to give pathology report to her doctors. $1.7 million before MICRA. Orange County.

Back surgery patient says hospital's failure to notify her doctor of infection resulted in greater harm to her.

  • Case Name: Christine Auble v. Chapman Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, July 10, 2015

Mother developing pneumonia calls Kaiser nurse advice line, is not seen by docs until it is too late. $2.74 million award. Alameda County.

Mother of two young children develops pneumonia-like symptoms and repeatedly calls Kaiser's nurse advice line. She is not seen by doctors until it is too late. Wrongful death due to medical negligence.

  • Case Name: Doe v. Kaiser
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, May 22, 2015

Med-mal case against Kaiser goes to trial when arbitration clause is beaten. $28 million gross. Los Angeles County.

Teen loses leg to aggressive cancer when Kaiser delays MRI.  Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is sued for insurance bad faith, but after summary judgment for defense, complaint is amended to include medical negligence against Kaiser's physician group. Plaintiff defeats Kaiser arbitration clause and a second summary judgment motion, and case goes to a jury. 

  • Case Name: Anna Rahm v. Southern California Permanente Medical Group
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Preemie suffers stomach perforation from feeding tube. $727K verdict. Los Angeles.

Premature twin infant in neonatal ICU suffers stomach perforation; feeding tube inserted at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center is blamed. Verdict reduced per MICRA.

  • Case Name: Oscar Wang v. AHMC San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, LP
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Doctor dies after heart treatment at Kaiser. $2.6 million net arbitration award. Los Angeles County.

Doctor, 56, is treated with stents at Kaiser, later dies of sudden cardiac death.

  • Case Name: Doe et al. v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, June 09, 2014

Defense offers $150,000 in hospice sexual assault case. Defense verdict. Riverside County.

Male hospice patient, an alcoholic, claims he was raped by hospice aide in a nursing facility.  CCP offer of $150,000 total by two defendant corporations.

  • Case Name: Doe v. Odyssey Healthcare GP LLC dba Odyssey Hospice; John Roe hospice aide, and Indio Healthcare & Wellness Center LLC
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Out-patient gynecological surgery results in death of 40-year-old. Defense. Fresno County.

Woman is discharged home after surgeon punctures left internal iliac artery; bleeds to death. Surgeon settles out; defendant anesthesiologist says there were no signs of a problem when he discharged her.

  • Case Name: Thomas Caruso v. Hoa V. Pham, M.D., Community Regional Medical Center
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, September 30, 2013

Doc botches hernia surgery, damaging nerves. No offer. $573,208 verdict. Los Angeles County.

General surgeon performs hernia repair but damages nerve, leaving plaintiff in constant pain and impairing his daily activities. $573,208 gross verdict, later reduced per MICRA.

  • Case Name: Farshid Enteghami v. Adel Jabour, M.D.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Psych hospital nurse improperly assesses patient, who then attacks another patient. $5.9 million verdict. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff was admitted to defendant psychiatric hospital for depression. A violent patient was placed in the room with plaintiff. Plaintiff suffered head injuries after attack by the new patient.

  • Case Name: Andrew L. Gerard v. BHC Alhambra Hospital, Inc.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 12, 2012