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Doctors Leave Forceps Inside California Woman During Surgery

A California woman is suing a hospital alleging that an 8-inch long forceps device was left inside her following a surgical procedure. According to King5.com, a Seattle television station, the lawsuit claims the woman had to have 18-inches of her small intestine removed following the alleged medical malpractice. The woman allegedly went in to have a tumor removed from her abdomen and after the procedure she began to experience severe pain. It was later discovered during an ER visit that forceps were left inside of her. The network reported that out of about 28.4 million inpatient surgeries performed annually in the United States, there were 1,500 cases where foreign objects are left after surgery. This stat comes from a study done in the New England Journal of Medicine. Often these situations are described as “never events” in the medical community, as they are entirely preventable and there are often measures…
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Couples Sue Fertility Clinic Following Fragile X Births

Two couples have successfully sued a New York fertility doctor and clinic after their children were born with Fragile X syndrome. According to ABC News, two children were born with the genetic disorder that causes intellectual and developmental delays, even though their parents were told their egg donors were genetically screened. The parents are seeking compensation for raising the children with disabilities and medical costs. After the children were born, the egg donors were tested and found to be carriers of the Fragile X mutation, according to ABC News. Attorneys for the fertility clinic attempted to argue that the lawsuits were filed too late. However, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the usual circumstances of the cases made them different than most malpractice cases. Rather than siding with the clinic, which argued that the statute of limitations began counting down when the women ended fertility treatment after becoming…
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3M Contamination Lawsuit Claims Birth Defects

A lawsuit filed by the Minnesota Attorney General claims that 3M Co. dumped chemicals in groundwater for years, leading to an increase in babies with low birth weights. The lawsuit was filed in a Minneapolis-metro area courtroom. In addition to the birth injury claims, it indicates that the alleged chemical dumping led to an increase in cancer and infertility among residents. Court documents indicate that a study done by a professor at the University of California, Berkley, found that there was a 30 percent increase in low birth weights and premature births compared to neighboring communities, in Washington County and Oakdale from 2001 and 2016. ABC News reported that until the 1970s, 3M disregarded chemicals used to make items like fire-fighting foam, stain repellents, non-stick cookware and other household and industrial products landfills in Oakdale, Woodbury and Lake Elmo. The lawsuit claims that this led to pollution in groundwater. The…
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