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Marc E. McCallister

Northwestern Doctor Exposes Patients and Visitors to TB

Over the past ten months, a doctor at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago has potentially exposed hundreds of patients and visitors, including infants and children to tuberculosis or TB. The…

Marc E. McCallister

Stable Patients Dying in Hospitals

During a two year period from 2004 to 2006 it was reported that over 188,000 lives were lost due to what is called a "failure to rescue". A failure to rescue occurs when a patient dies in a hospital…

Marc E. McCallister

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Leads to Malpractice in Chicago

Two lawsuits have been filed against Stroger Hospital in Chicago, Illinois claiming the hospital failed to timely diagnose breast cancer. One woman, Bobbie Jean Melton, died from breast cancer earlier this year. Her cancer was not detected in a mammogram, and when it finally was detected it was stage four and had metastasized to her lungs and liver. Christine Moore also filed a claim against…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Illinois Medical Malpractice Caps Soon To Be Challenged

Illinois passed medical malpractice legislation two years ago that limited the amount a person could recover for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice lawsuit. There have been no challenges to date because only cases filed since the change would be affected and most of these lawsuits have not gone to trial, but this is about to change. A lawsuit filed in Cook County by Jeffrey Goldberg…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Lap Band Procedure on Louisiana Child Causes Pancreatitis

A young Louisiana child had lap band surgery to help her reduce her body weight. The obese child went into surgery on June 24, 2005 and had reoccurring complaints shortly after the surgery. She returned to Dr. Felix Spiegel’s office on several occasions complaining of problems keeping certain foods down, abdominal pain and a choking sensation. The daughter of Warren and Melissa Strother was…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Jury Awards $2.5 Million After Surgeon Botches Cyst Removal

James Van Buren brought a lawsuit against his surgeon after his cyst removal surgery went very wrong. During the surgery, Dr. Sian Evans was attempting to drain the infected cyst and instead cut Van Buren’s sphincter muscle. This caused Van Buren to lose control of his bowels.James Van Buren who is now 43 years old must wear diapers for the rest of his life as a result of the botched surgery. …

Jamie G. Goldstein

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Not The Cause Of Rate Increases

Doctors and tort reformers continue to wage a propaganda war about the cost of medical malpractice premiums increasing because of outrageous medical malpractice awards. The real reason premiums are on the rise in some states, however, is what they are hiding from you. Research shows that lawsuits and jury awards are not causing the premiums to rise.In New York recent headlines complained of…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Florida Family Awarded $21 Million in Wrongful Birth

A jury awarded a Florida couple $21 million after it found the doctor 90% negligent in misdiagnosing the child’s birth defect. Dr. Boris Kousseff failed to diagnose Daniel and Amara Estrada’s first son with a genetic disorder, Smith-Lemil-Opitz syndrome, which severely limits his ability to live a normal life. The doctor’s failure to diagnose the first child caused him to tell the Estrada’s…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Once An Advocate For Tort Reform Now Suing For Punitive Damages

A lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of Judge Robert Bork against the Yale Club of New York City. Bork a leading advocate in the tort reform movement and has pushed to limit plaintiff damages on numerous occasions. He is now in the plaintiff’s seat and seeking $1 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages. Bork filed the lawsuit after he fell at the Yale Club just prior to…

Jamie G. Goldstein

Dentist Loses Licenses After Child Dies

Dr. Hicham K. Riba has lost his dental license for at least 18 months after over sedating a five year old child last year which resulted in her death. Diamond Brownridge died last Septemeber after she was given too much anesthesia when she was having a cavity filled. She lapsed into a coma and died four days later.It is believed that Dr. Riba gave Brownridge three times the recommended dose of…