Medical malpractice is not a rare occurrence, especially in the state of New York, which has the highest medical malpractice lawsuit per capita in the country. Singer Marty Balin from Jefferson Airplane fell prey to one such malpractice in NYC in 2016. Balin, famous for being the co-founder lead singer of the band Jefferson Airplane, had a horrific experience at a Manhattan Hospital when the doctors' negligence resulted in the loss of half his tongue, an amputated thumb, and a paralyzed vocal cord.
An obstetrician at a NY hospital used the forceps so forcefully during delivering a baby that the baby's head was internally detached from the spine, leading to the newborn's immediate death. According to the NY Post, Mother Megan Stirnweiss, 23, was devastated and proceeded to file a suit against her Long Island doctor.
The U.S. is currently undergoing a drug shortage due to supply issues that affect how pharmacies are preparing and/or dispensing drug products for patients. This generally occurs when prescribers need to use an alternative drug of a similar agent.
In 1998, a famous comedian called Dana Carvey, made the difficult decision to undergo a double bypass surgery to clear a blocked artery – a decision that he would later come to regret.
According to Carvey, his family has a history of high cholesterol, and he had previously undergone three unsuccessful angioplasties in 1997 to try and alleviate the problems he had been experiencing from the complications that this had caused. In Carvey’s own words, “doctors convinced [him] that surgery was an effective way to resolve the recurring blockage of [his] arteries,” and he decided to undergo open-heart surgery so that he could continue with his life and career unimpeded.
In 2013, a Miami Gardens family was awarded $33.8 million in damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and a nurse whose actions led to their newborn baby boy suffering irreversible brain damage.
The incident occurred in the Jessie Trice Community Health Center when Marla Dixon, who was 19 years old at the time, was denied a Cesarean section by Dr. Ata Atogho and an assisting nurse despite her unborn child having a slowed heart rate. According to reports, Dr. Atogho did not acknowledge this slowed heart rate and left Dixon in order to conduct another delivery. Worse, he was seen speaking on his cellphone throughout the ordeal.