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Medical Malpractice Law
Landau, Omahana & Kopka, Ltd. v. Franciscan Sisters Health Care Corporation

This is a peculiar case. It raises questions about whether a promise not to enforce a judgment was made and why it would have been made. We are asked to explore lawyers' motives and stratagems.

The controversy was triggered by a legal malpractice complaint file by Northern Illinois Emergency Physicians (Northern Illinois) against a law firm, Landau, Omahana, & Kopka, Ltd. (Landau). Not this ... More...   $0 (06-20-2001 - IL)

Stephen C. Greb v. Forest Preserve District of Cook County, et al.

Plaintiff, Stephen Greb, filed a negligence complaint against defendant, City of Chicago (the City), seeking damages for injuries he sustained while riding his motorcycle on River Road as the street was undergoing repair. The trial court dismissed plaintiff's claim against the City for failure to file suit within the period described in the applicable statute of limitations. We affirm.

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Labanca v. Hamden

Medical malpractice - failure to advise and inform patient of appropriate follow-up after abnormal electrocardiogram with resulting death of the patient, age 53.... More...   $1600000 (06-18-2001 - CT)

David Francisco v. Dr. Jorge De Cardenas, et al.

Medical Malpractice - Failure to promptly diagnose and treat cancerous tumor on plaintiff's tongue. David Francisco, age 74, sought treatment for a lump on his tongue. Dr. Cardenas failed to biopsy the lesion and attempted to remove the lesion by burning it off. It was nearly seven months before it was learned that the lump was a malignant carcinoma and that Mr. Francisco has lost his chance to ... More...   $2700000 (06-15-2001 - FL)

Morrell v. Finke

Medical malpractice - Plaintiffs alleged that Dr. Finke failed to adequately monitor a mother and her baby during delivery. The failure to adequately monitor the baby resulted in the failure to timely perform a Cesarian delivery of the baby thereby creating fetal distress and a resulting brain injury.... More...   $12150000 (06-14-2001 - TX)

Heard v. Sheahan

This prisoner's civil rights suit under 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983 charges the defendant prison officials with inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on the plaintiff by denying him medical care for his hernia. The district court held the suit barred by the two-year statute of limitations applicable to such suits.

The plaintiff had been held in the Cook County jail, awaiting trial, from J... More...   $0 (06-13-2001 - IL)

Paradigm Insurance Company v. The Langerman Law Offices, P.A.

The ultimate question in this case is whether an attorney may be held liable to an insurer, which assigned him to represent an insured, when the attorney’s negligence damages only the insurer. We granted review because the issue is one of first impression for this court and is a matter of statewide importance. See Ariz.R.Civ.App.P. 23(c)(2). We have jurisdiction pursuant to Arizona Con... More...   $0 (06-13-2001 - AZ)

Nalder v. West Park Hospital

Plaintiffs-appellants Joseph ("Blue") Nalder and Michelle Nalder brought an action against defendants-appellees West Park Hospital, Rand Flory, M.D., and Charles Jamieson, M.D., alleging medical malpractice after their son, Blake, suffered brain damage near the time of his birth. A twenty-day trial resulted in a verdict for defendants. Plaintiffs seek a new trial, claiming the district court erred... More...   $0 (06-12-2001 - WY)

Donald C. Austin, a neurosurgeon, was suspended for six months by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a voluntary association incorporated under Illinois law as a not-for-profit corporation, to which he belonged (he has since resigned). He brought this suit against the Association claiming that he had been suspended in "revenge" for having testified as an expert witness fo... More...   $0 (06-12-2001 - IL)

Joe Anderson v. Richard Nussbaum, M.D.

Medical Malpractice - Plaintiff, age 53, sustained bilateral brachial plexus inujuries during a lumbar-fusion surgery that lasted 8 hours. Plaintiff claimed that the doctor did not properly position him for the surgery.... More...   $0 (06-08-2001 - CA)

James Scott Dill and Jeannette T. Dill vs. Stephen B. Campbell, M.D., and Associated Anesthesiologists, Inc., an Oklahoma corporation

Medical Malpractice - The parties admitted that Plaintiff Jeannette Dill underwent back surgery on June 1, 1999, at Saint Francis Hospital. Plaintiffs claimed that during the back surgery, Defendant Dr. Stephen Campbell improperly administered general anesthesia which caused a stroke. Plaintiffs claimed they sustained injuries which were directly caused by the negligence of Defendants in one or ... More...   $0 (06-08-2001 - OK)

Gordon v. University of California

Medical malpractice - Negligent performance of circumcision on a newborn baby whose penis was injured. Troy Gordon was born, jaundiced and hypoglycemic on January 19, 1994, at the University of California at Davis. The circumcision was performed by a resident and the Plaintiffs claimed that an excessive amount of foreskin was removed in the procedure. As a result, the child has a "buried penis"... More...   $1400000 (06-07-2001 - CA)


This action arises out of medical treatment provided by Drs. Wayne Jarman, Robert Bynum and John Berry to John Waters [hereinafter “decedent”] at Lenoir Memorial Hospital [hereinafter “defendant hospital”] from 8 June 1997 through 20 June 1997. Decedent was transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital on 20 June and died on 6 August 1997. The complaint alleges negligence on... More...   $0 (06-05-2001 - NY)

Peggy Bain v. Dr. Dennis Artzer

The appellant, Dr. Dennis Artzer, appeals from a ruling of the trial court granting the appellee, Peggy Bain, an order of voluntary dismissal without prejudice after she had presented all of her evidence at trial. Bain has filed a cross-appeal concerning the trial court's disqualification of one of her witnesses for failing to qualify as an expert pursuant to K.S.A. 60-3412.

Bain's husband ... More...   $0 (06-01-2001 - KS)

Earl Dyess v. Leon Nelson Gilbert, M.D.

Medical Malpractice ... More...   $0 (05-30-2001 - OK)

Brynum vs. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Medical Malpractice - still birth. ... More...   $0 (05-22-2001 - PA)

Sheridan v. Jambura

This is a medical malpractice case filed by respondents Pat and Sue Sheridan on behalf of themselves and their minor son, Cal. In August 1997, the Sheridans filed suit against John J. Jambura, M.D. and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, alleging the defendants’ medical treatment was negligent and fell below the applicable standard of care owed to Cal Sheridan, and as a direct and p... More...   $0 (05-22-2001 - ID)

Maria Elena Grandell v. Methodist Hospital, et al.

1 Appellant, Maria Elena Grandelli, asks us to review the orders of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, which granted summary judgment in favor of Appellees, Methodist Hospital, Partners in Women’s Health, Jack Jenofsky, M.D., and Joseph Talvacchia, D.O.; and dismissed Appellant’s medical malpractice case with prejudice. Appellant also challenges another order of the s... More...   $0 (05-21-2001 - PA)

Galvez v. Fields

This is a medical malpractice case in which Nathaniel Galvez sues defendant Michael Frields, M.D., for wrongful life, contending that Frields failed to make reasonable efforts to ensure Nathaniel’s mother, Michelle Sepulveda, was given a blood test to detect the presence of the neural tube defect from which Nathaniel suffers. Plaintiff filed this action against Frields and several other ... More...   $0 (05-18-2001 - CA)

Francis and Eva Wildonger vs. Deborah Somers, M.D., Jerry Herman, M.D., SHSK, P.C., Myra Handfinger, Leslie Sokolow, and Baby Focus, Inc.

Medical Malpractice - Obstetrics - Untreated pregnancy complication resulting in death of a

The defendant doctors claimed that placneta abruption caused the death of the fetus and that the care they provided met or exceeded the standard of care and that they were not negligent.

Claire Berkowiz commented:

I followed a particular malpractice case in Philadelph... More...
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Augustine Ballinas, et al. v. City of New York Health and Hospitals Corp.

Medical malpractice - brain damage sustained by newborn who contracted bacterial meningitis from his mother at birth. A test for the bacteric was ordered a day late resulting in a corresponding delay in treatment of the child. There also was a daylong delay in returning the test results from a lab, and another 24 hours elapsed before Augustine was given antibiotics to combat the group B strep he ... More...   $107800000 (05-17-2001 - NY)

Ruth S. Rittenhouse v. Gerald E. Hanks, M.D., et al.

1 Gerald E. Hanks, M.D., and American Oncological Hospital of the Fox Chase Cancer Center (collectively “Appellants”) appeal the judgment entered against them in this medical malpractice action. We affirm.

2 Appellee, Ruth S. Rittenhouse, administratrix of the estate of her husband John Rittenhouse, brought this action alleging the negligence of Dr. Hanks, John’s attend... More...   $2500000 (05-16-2001 - PA)

Wayne Borngesser, et al. v. Jersey Shore Medical Center

Plaintiff, deaf since the age of four, appeals a jury verdict in favor of defendant on his claims brought under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 to -49, and 794(a) (commonly referred to as 504) of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C.A. 701 to 796. The verdict was based upon the jury's findings that defendant had not failed to provide reasonable ac... More...   $0 (05-14-2001 - NJ)

Wester v. Check, et al.

Medical Malpractice - Plaintiff's decedent died from the loss of blood after an egg-retrieval procedure performed in preparation for an in vitro fertilization procedure. He woman presented at another doctor's office later in the day complaining of blood loss but was not seen for 90 minutes despite the fact that he was told that she was bleeding and that her blood pressure was dropping and that sh... More...   $25000000 (05-10-2001 - PA)

Holt v. Dr. Dan Taylor Walker

On April 30, 1996, Sheryl Holt was a patient of Dr. Wagner, and she had elected to have Dr. Wagner perform gallbladder surgery on her. On that date, Dr. Wagner ordered a routine chest x-ray exam prior to surgery. The x-ray was performed by Dr. Donald A. Harper, and the reportfollowing the x-ray made reference to a "right apical mass, infiltrate and/or plural thickening[,]" which is an abnormal con... More...   $0 (05-10-2001 - AR)

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