Hospital Injuries Results
Hospital Injury Results
- INFANT SUFFERS SEVERE BRAIN INJURY SHORTLY AFTER BIRTH DUE TO NEGLIGENT ADMINISTERING OF DRUG BY NEONATAL NURSING STAFF
- NEWBORN SUFFERS A SEVERE IV INFILTRATION INJURY TO HIS FOOT AS A RESULT OF NURSING NEGLIGENCE
- PARALYZED PATIENT SUFFERS SEVERE BED SORES ON COCCYX AS A RESULT OF THE HOSPITAL NURSING STAFF’S FAILURE TO PROPERLY EVALUATE AND IMPLEMENT SAFE GUARDS TO PREVENT SKIN BREAK DOWN
- ELDERLY PATIENT HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING HIP FRACTURE SUFFERS SIGNIFICANT BED SORES ON COCCYX AS A RESULT OF NURSING STAFF’S FAILURE TO PROPERLY EVALUATING AND IMPLEMENT SAFE GUARDS TO PREVENT SKIN BREAK DOWN
- ELDERLY PATIENT SUFFERS AN UNEXPLAINED BURN ON BUTTOCKS DURING BACK SURGERY
INFANT SUFFERS SEVERE BRAIN INJURY SHORTLY AFTER BIRTH DUE TO NEGLIGENT ADMINISTERING OF DRUG BY NEONATAL NURSING STAFF
Larry Wall represented the parents of a twin baby boy who sustained severe brain damage due to nursing negligence. The hospital was understaffed. There were not enough nurses for the number of newborns at the time of this tragedy. The hospital was more interested in profits than patient safety. The baby had low blood pressure at the time of delivery. The baby’s doctor ordered normal saline to be given intravenously over time to stabilize the baby’s blood pressure. The nurse was in a hurry and was confused about how to read the label on the saline solution and administered a solution which as 50 times stronger than it should have been, causing the new-born’s brain to swell to the point of tissue destruction. The hospital was also negligent for storing the two types of saline side-by-side, despite warnings issued by the manufacturer stating that the two types should no be stored together because of the risk of medication error. Mr. Wall sued the hospital on behalf of the baby and secured a Life Care Plan in excess of $20 million. The case settled after Larry Wall deposed all of the nurses and administrators and established the hospital was understaffed. The medication error was indefensible. Mr. Wall remains close to the family. Sadly he had to attend this precious child’s funeral.
NEWBORN SUFFERS A SEVERE IV INFILTRATION INJURY TO HIS FOOT AS A RESULT OF NURSING NEGLIGENCE
Larry Wall represented a new born who was injured in a Wichita, Kansas hospital nursery because the nurses were overworked and understaffed. The nurses were also ignorant of the standard of care for IV infusions. As a result of the negligence, the IV was placed in the wrong location, the needle was the wrong size and the site was not monitored regularly as required by standard IV policies. A substantial settlement occurred and a life annuity was created that will pay for future medical bills and surgeries.
PARALYZED PATIENT SUFFERS SEVERE BED SORES ON COCCYX AS A RESULT OF THE HOSPITAL NURSING STAFF’S FAILURE TO PROPERLY EVALUATE AND IMPLEMENT SAFE GUARDS TO PREVENT SKIN BREAK DOWN
Larry Wall & Tina Huntington represented a woman who fell in her home in Eureka, Kansas. As a result of the fall she was paralyzed. She was transported to a hospital in Wichita, Kansas for treatment. The hospital failed to properly use the Braden Score to evaluate the risk of developing bed sores. The hospital failed to place the patient on a bed designed to reduce the development of bed sores. The hospital failed to frequently reposition and turn the patient. As a result a large bed sore developed on her coccyx. The failure of the hospital administrators and the nursing staff was well known to Larry Wall and Tina Huntington. Through experience we possess & knowledge of Wichita hospital practices regarding bed sores. Tina Huntington and Larry Wall prepared a draft of a Motion for Punitive Damages and submitted that and the draft of the Petition to the hospital’s malpractice law firm and suggested mediation. The case was settled for a large confidential amount that included funds to purchase a proper hospital bed and to provide for care for the wound until it was healed, in addition to substantial funds for the patient’s pain and suffering. In 2008, Medicare and Medicaid listed bed sores as a Never Event.
ELDERLY PATIENT HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING HIP FRACTURE SUFFERS SIGNIFICANT BED SORES ON COCCYX AS A RESULT OF NURSING STAFF’S FAILURE TO PROPERLY EVALUATING AND IMPLEMENT SAFE GUARDS TO PREVENT SKIN BREAK DOWN
Larry Wall filed a lawsuit against Riverside Hospital on behalf of a patient who was seen in the emergency room at a local hospital. She was admitted due to her inability to care for herself. She had fallen and broken her hip. On the admission history form, her skin was described as, “warm and dry without rash, lesion, or pigmentation changes.” Days later, a nursing operative record documented Kathryn as having a, “large area of skin breakdown on coccyx, Stage II, involving left and right buttocks…” Kathryn remained in the hospital for care and treatment of the decubitus ulcer for months. Following her release from the hospital, she would require care and treatment for the decubitus ulcer for an additional six months. Bed sores like this should never develop when a patient is in a hospital or a nursing home. A significant settlement was obtained due to the wanton nature of the nursing negligence and the extensive time it took to heal the sores.
ELDERLY PATIENT SUFFERS AN UNEXPLAINED BURN ON BUTTOCKS DURING BACK SURGERY
Tina Huntington represented an elderly female who was injured in a Wichita, Kansas hospital surgical unit. The client underwent scheduled back surgery and following the procedure, was found to have suffered an severe burn to her buttocks area. The defense contended they had no idea how the injury could have occurred during surgery and denied the injury was even a burn. A fair and reasonable settlement was obtained prior to trial.