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Medical Malpractice - Top Recoveries

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The June/July 2009 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics reported on “The Top Personal Injury Recoveries of the Year.”  Three of the top personal injury recoveries written about in the report were cases won by Robins Kaplan LLP attorneys including two Medical Malpractice cases:

  1. $9.6 Million in a case where physicians and nurses improperly used Cytotec to induce labor, leading to hyperstimulation and the use of a vacuum extractor and forceps to deliver the baby, which resulted in significant brain injury of the newborn.
  2. $8.3 Million in a suit where a man developed a pathological gambling addition after taking the prescription Mirapex to treat his Parkinson's disease.
  3. $4.5 Million in a case where an infant suffered severe disabilities when a nurse midwife, who was monitoring the baby's heart rate, did not consult with an obstetrician about a timely delivery plan.

The June/July 2008 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics reported on “The Top Personal Injury Recoveries of the Year.”  Five of the top personal injury recoveries written about in the report were cases won by Robins Kaplan LLP attorneys including two Medical Malpractice cases:

  1. $3.1 Million in a case where an 18-year-old male’s right arm was severed above the elbow when a 14-year-old boater drove over him while he was inner-tubing on Christmas Lake.
  2. $2 Million in a suit where a 54-year-old woman required a heart transplant after doctors failed to diagnose and treat her idiopathic cardiomyopathy.
  3. $1.6 Million in a case where a 53-year-old semi-truck driver was killed when he collided with a Ford Explorer that crossed the center line and drove into oncoming traffic.
  4. $1.4 Million case where a woman who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant was rear-ended by two trucks causing the death of her child (with Paul Schweiger, Duluth).
  5. $1.3 Million in a suit where a 15-year-old girl died of a massive blood loss shock after doctors failed to diagnose her mononucleosis and instead performed an unnecessary surgery to remove her gallbladder.

The June/July 2007 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics reported on “The Top Personal Injury Recoveries of the Year.”  Eleven of the top personal injury recoveries written about in the report were cases won by Robins Kaplan LLP attorneys including seven Medical Malpractice cases:

  1. $5.58 Million in a case where a 50-year-old woman died in a building explosion.
  2. $5 Million in a suit where a woman in labor suffered a ruptured uterus and doctors did not respond in time to prevent devastating neurological injury to the baby.
  3. $3.15 Million recovery in a case where a student sustained injuries after losing control of a Mankato State University van that was unable to support the trailer it was towing.
  4. $2.7 Million in a suit where a 42-year-old man suffered an embolic stroke when a radiologist attempted high-risk lytic therapy without informed consent.
  5. $2.6 Million in a case where a urologist mistook the healthy ovaries of a young girl for testicles and removed them.
  6. $2.5 Million in a suit where a negligent drug overdose during sinus surgery caused a permanent, disabling brain injury in a 43-year-old man.
  7. $2 Million in a case where a 62-year-old woman became severely disabled after a surgeon failed to diagnose and treat twisting of the colon in a timely manner.
  8. $1.75 Million in a suit where plaintiff suffered permanent visual impairment as the result of LASIK surgery.  The doctor failed to identify a pre-existing condition that made the surgery inadvisable.
  9. $1.5 Million in a suit where doctors failed to properly interpret a 39-year-old woman's head CT scan, resulting in brain hemorrhaging and permanent brain injury.
  10. $1.15 Million in a case where a 70-year-old woman in post-op after shoulder surgery suffered a brain injury due to a morphine overdose.
  11. $1 Million in a suit where several children were killed in a school shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

The June/July 2006 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics reported on “The Top Personal Injury Recoveries of the Year.” Seven of the top personal injury recoveries written about in the report were cases won by Robins Kaplan LLP attorneys including four Medical Malpractice cases:

  1. $4.5 Million in a case where the inappropriate use of Pitocin and failure to perform a Cesarean section in a timely manner led to the permanent disability and shortened life expectancy of a child.
  2. $4 Million in a suit where a 50-year-old woman suffered permanent neurological damage after doctors diagnosed her with a migraine when she was actually suffering from four brain aneurysms.  She later suffered a brain hemorrhage.
  3. $3.9 Million in a suit where a mother and her minor son were injured in a head-on car collision.
  4. $2 Million in a case where a jail's policy for strip-searching detainees regardless of their reason for arrest violated the Fourth and 14th Amendments.
  5. $1.7 Million in a suit against a surgeon and clinic where the plaintiff suffered multiple infections and complications resulting from a gastroplasty performed by a non-board-certified surgeon.  She suffered an undiagnosed gastric leak, and after multiple surgeries she was left with permanent lung damage.
  6. $1.5 Million recovery where a father was killed when his car was hit head-on by another car.
  7. $1.2 Million in a case where a patient suffered permanent neurological damage form a ruptured aneurysm.  She had sought treatment for severe headaches, but doctors missed the aneurysm on a CT scan.

The June/July 2005 issue of Minnesota Law & Politics reported on “The Top Personal Injury Recoveries of the Year.” Eight of the top personal injury recoveries written about in the report were cases won by Robins Kaplan LLP attorneys including four Medical Malpractice cases:

  • $3.3 Million in a suit against a doctor and hospital where a child was born with cerebral palsy after suffering from asphyxia during birth.
  • $3.16 Million in a case where an infant suffered hypoxicschemic encephalopathy during birth.
  • $2.5 Million in a case where a patient had an unnecessary double mastectomy after a mix-up of lab results between two patients.
  • $1.7 Million in a case against a pediatrician for failure to give certain genetic testing when it was ordered and where the infant was born with a severe genetic disorder called Fragile X. 
  • $1.3 Million recovery in a case, where during bypass surgery, doctor placed a heart valve in the wrong position, resulting in the death of the patient.

Minnesota Law & Politics reported in the June/July 2004, The Top Recoveries of the Year” including ten personal injury cases handled by Robins Kaplan LLP, eight of which were medical malpractice claims:

  • $5.4 Million in a case where doctor failed to monitor and treat a known hearth condition, resulting in brain damage for a 44-year-old patient.
  • $3.080, 500 in a case where a clinic failed to fill out important documents regarding the plaintiff's obstetrical history, including a previous case where her child's blood was incompatible with her own. The condition is called hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN). Days later, the plaintiff delivered another child, who was hospitalized for the same condition, causing extensive brain damage.
  • $2.5 Million suit against a hospital that gave patient conscious sedation during an out patient procedure and then allowed him to drive home. The patient fell asleep on the drive home and rolled his car.
  • $2.1 Million in an Illinois case where the hospital staff failed to promptly give patient antibiotics for kidney infection. The patient later died.
  • $1.7 Million in a case were a 44-year-old man died after hospital staff failed to diagnose and treat a massive pulmonary embolism.
  • $1.7 Million where a doctor failed to treat an infant with Jaundice, resulting in a number of medical conditions, including cerebral palsy, quadriplegia and more.
  • $1.475 Million where a 49-year-old father of two died after his doctor failed to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndrome.
  • $1.45 Million in a case wither the doctor negligently handled the delivery of an infant resulting in cerebral palsy and significant developmental delays.

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