Archive for the ‘Philadelphia Med-Mal News’ Category

$78.5 Million Award in Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Case

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Earlier this month a Philadelphia jury awarded $78.5 million to a mother whose now three year old child was allegedly born with cerebral palsy because of a medical error at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center.

The plaintiff claimed that she went to the hospital in August 2008 with signs of pregnancy implications. A doctor allegedly performed an ultrasound and claimed that the baby had died. A second ultrasound was completed a little while later and a heartbeat was detected. The mother was then taken in for an emergency ultrasound and the child was born more than an hour after the first ultrasound. Experts for the plaintiff convinced a jury that the child might not have suffered from cerebral palsy had the C-section been done earlier. The jury also found that if appropriate ultrasound equipment and a trained ultrasound technician had been provided to this mother that the delay would have been avoided.

The multimillion dollar verdict includes compensation for future medical care, lost earnings, the child’s pain and suffering and the mother’s emotional distress. We extend our best wishes to the mother and child for the future.

Philadelphia Doctor to Serve Prison Term

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Earlier this month a Philadelphia doctor was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiracy to distribute, intent to distribute and actually distributing Percocet and Oxycontin from his North Philadelphia practice. It was alleged that Dr. Lewis Meyer Jacobs sold
prescriptions that were not medically necessary
to drug dealers and addicts.

Dr. Jacobs pleaded guilty to the charges last September and surrendered to begin serving his
prison term at the time of his sentencing. In addition to the prison term, a federal judge ordered Dr. Jacobs to repay the more than a quarter million dollars he made illegally and to pay more than $320,000 to the IRS.

3 Women Plead Guilty in Kermit Gosnell Abortion Case

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Last month, three women pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from actions, or inactions, taken at Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

 The three women include Elizabeth Hampton who pleaded guilty to perjury and Adrienne Morton and Sherry West who pleaded guilty to contributing to deaths that occurred at the abortion clinic.

Seven additional defendants, including Kermit Gosnell, have not yet entered guilty pleas or been tried for their alleged crimes.

We will continue to monitor this Philadelphia medical malpractice case and report important developments to you.

What Role Did Philadelphia Play in the Gosnell Case?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been criticized for its lack of oversight of the Women’s Medical Society operated by Dr. Kermit Gosnell.  Specifically, it is alleged that the lack of oversight of Dr. Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic may have allowed the alleged atrocities and crimes that occurred there to happen.

However, did the City of Philadelphia also have a part in what happened?  Last week Philadelphia officials went before a state senate committee looking into the Gosnell case and they were questioned about the City’s role.  The Philadelphia officials told the senate committee that it is the state that is responsible for overseeing abortion clinics and that the city’s role should be to help patients take their complaints to the state.

At least one state senator disagreed.  Senator  John Eichelberger Jr. spoke at the hearing and told the Philadelphia officials that the City has some responsibility in overseeing the safety of abortion clinics because it has the power to deal with nuisances to the public health, prevention of disease,  building code violations and waste pick up.

What do you think?  Does the City of Philadelphia, or any other municipality, have the power necessary to prevent tragedies such as those that allegedly happened in Dr. Gosnell’s clinic? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Who is Working on Your Teeth?

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Recently,  Fox 29 in Philadelphia ran an investigative report about a dental clinic that was allegedly being operated out of the basement of a South Philly row house.

According to the report, a woman who is not licensed to practice dentistry, but who is instead is an expanded function dental assistant, was posing as a dentist and performing procedures on patient.  Those procedures allegedly included root canals, crowns, fillings and other treatments.

Practicing dentistry without a license is illegal in Pennsylvania.  Just one count of practicing without a license is a 3rd degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine and jail time.  The consequences are significant because the health risk to patients is significant.

Fox has alerted the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and state regulators about the situation.  As a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer committed to patient safety, this is a story that I will continue to monitor.