3.27.2017

NH Hospitals: 64 Adverse Events Reported to DHHS in 2015

About a year ago we highlighted a Report on Medical Errors at NH Hospitals and the excellent coverage by InDepthNH.org, which ran a series of articles on the 29 adverse events — or medical errors — that New Hampshire hospitals are required to report to the Department of Health and Human Services. That reporting detailed the latest data from 2014.

Late last year, 2015 adverse reporting data was released, and again covered by InDepthNH.org.
This post is a brief update to last year's report with a link to the full NH DHHS report. To see which NH hospitals reported which adverse events, click on this link: NH Adverse Event Reporting.

NH Adverse Events Decrease, More Improvement Needed

By definition, these events must be “largely, if not entirely, preventable.” There were 64 such events in NH hospitals in 2015.

Number of preventable serious events at NH hospitals from 2010-2015.
For a list of the 29 hospital errors that must be reported (also known as "never events"), see our previous post which provides a full list of the types of unwanted hospital events.

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2.15.2017

NH Birth Injury Settlement: $3.75 Million — Child Suffers from Permanent Brain Injury / Cerebral Palsy

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We have added the trial lawyer's report of a recent NH birth injury lawsuit to our Verdicts & Settlements archive at lubinandmeyer.com. The suit claimed that at the time of birth the infant (now 2 years old) suffered hypoxic ischemic injury (HIE) resulting from the OB/GYN’s negligence during labor and delivery. As a direct result of her brain injury, she suffers muscle weakness, developmental delays and cerebral palsy requiring occupational, speech and physical therapy. Benjamin R. Novotny was the lead attorney.

Click on the link below to read the full trial report.

$3.75 Million Settlement
Inappropriate management of labor and delivery results in permanent brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy.

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1.16.2017

Drew Meyer, The "Go To Guy" for Injured Patients

Attorney Andrew Meyer Profiled in Huffington Post


In a profile published in The Huffington Post, Andrew C. Meyer Jr. is described as "the go to guy for families in MA, NH, and RI, who are dealing with the devastating consequences of medical malpractice." The article includes highlights of Meyer's long career representing victims of medical mistakes and unique experience working with the complicated emotions that result when a patient has been harmed by a trusted doctor or institution.


In the article Meyer talks about trust as a common issue among those who have been injured.
"He says that the reason they come through his doors at Lubin & Meyer PC is because they put their trust in the hands of a highly qualified professional; their doctor, nurse, midwife, physician’s assistant, psychiatrist, dentist, or other medical professional, and they were ultimately harmed by that person. He says that his first order of business is sitting with a client to listen intently in order to fully understand their plight and his second order of business is to answer the question that every client is thinking, but usually unwilling to express, 'Why should I trust you?'"
According to Meyer, clients can feel "angry, embarrassed, and guilty for what happened, often blaming themselves for not having known the possible outcome of a particular medical procedure."

Meyer works to help the injured begin to understand they are not the only family that has suffered horrible losses, and that "they are not at fault for the tragedy which has brought them all together." By pursing the long affair of a medical malpractice lawsuit, the injured and their families become "warriors and whistle blowers who are willing to step forward to share their story" to affect change in the system.
"Very rarely are his clients embarking upon the very long road to justice for the money. He says that sometimes the money is absolutely necessary to provide care for someone who will need lifetime assistance due to malpractice, such as the $30 million settlement for a child who was born with major birth defects due to the egregious negligence of an entire medical team. But more often than not, the monetary award is necessary to force change within the medical community."
The article states that Meyer is known for negotiating settlements that call for more than just money. "In most cases, they negotiate for major changes in systems and procedures at hospitals and medical practices. He says that there are countless system defects within the industry and, in most instances, the patients at these medical facilities have no idea."

You can read the full article on The Huffington Post at this link: Drew Meyer profile.

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12.21.2016

Recent Medical Malpractice Settlements in New Hampshire


Lubin & Meyer PC has published three trial reports on recent medical malpractice settlements in New Hampshire. All cases involved a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a serious medical condition while in hospital care. Nicholas Cappiello was the lead attorney in these recent New Hampshire lawsuits.

Click on the case links below to read the full trial reports.

$4.25 Million Settlement
Delay in Diagnosis of Cancer - A New Hampshire man's soft tissue sarcoma went undiagnosed by primary care physician for years — spreads to lungs, liver, pancreas and brain. A delay in the diagnosis of cancer can have a profound impact on a patient's prognosis.

$1.2 Million Settlement
Delay in Treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome - A 28-year-old woman suffered a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome, resulting in permanent foot drop and bowel and bladder dysfunction. There has been an increase in the number of cauda equina lawsuits. You can learn more about cauda equina on our Patient Safety Blog at: Cauda Equina: A Dangerous Outcome When Patient Complaints Are Not Taken Seriously.

$1 Million Settlement 
Delay in Diagnosis of Compartment Syndrome - A 47-year-old man developed compartment syndrome and permanent foot drop following a heart valve repair surgery.
"Compartment syndrome occurs when excessive pressure builds up inside an enclosed muscle space in the body. Compartment syndrome usually results from bleeding or swelling after an injury [or surgery]." — WebMD
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10.17.2016

Representing New Hampshire Victims of Medical Malpractice for Three Decades

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Did you know? Lubin & Meyer is one of the region’s most accomplished and successful medical malpractice and personal injury law firms representing patients harmed by medical errors in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

On the cover of
New England's Best Lawyers
With verdicts and settlements that continually eclipse those of any other law firm in the region, Lubin & Meyer delivers on its commitment to protect the rights of injured patients and to bring positive change to health care. Lubin & Meyer has already secured two of the year’s top medical malpractice verdicts in New England – a $29.8 million birth injury verdict followed by a $12.8 million verdict.

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Whether providing an initial evaluation or a second opinion, Lubin & Meyer welcomes the opportunity to work with persons in New Hampshire. With attorneys both licensed and living in New Hampshire, we are are ready and able to review medical malpractice and personal injury cases — free of charge. Feel free to contact us with your questions.

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7.27.2016

"Failure To Monitor Coumadin" Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of New Hampshire Woman

Lawsuit alleges: Elective toe surgery ends in stroke death when patient's blood thinning medication is not properly managed.

Lubin & Meyer recently filed a NH medical malpractice lawsuit involving a 70-year-old woman who passed away after suffering a massive stroke when, as the lawsuit claims, her healthcare providers failed to properly manage her Coumadin levels (blood thinning medication) when she underwent an elective toe surgery.

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Attorney Nicholas Cappiello, who represents the claimant in this lawsuit, said that Coumadin dosing errors are a significant problem in healthcare. "It is a major safety issue for patients because Coumadin can be a dangerous drug if not properly monitored — when healthcare providers do not take the time to pay attention to their patients then the results can be catastrophic for the patient."

Coumadin Lawsuits


Coumadin is a drug with tremendous benefits when properly monitored and administered, but it can kill a patient when not given in the proper amounts, according to Cappiello.
"Hospitals and healthcare providers have an obligation to closely monitor patients on Coumadin, but far too often we see that they are inattentive to their patients, and the consequences are devastating." 
This lawsuit claims that the patient's cardiologist and his nursing staff failed to administer the proper blood thinning medication before her surgery and then failed to adjust her Coumadin after surgery when her lab tests showed that her blood was too thick, which put her at a significantly heightened risk for suffering a stroke.

Because they did not administer the proper dose of blood thinning medication, according to the lawsuit, the patient’s blood was allowed to clot and she ultimately suffered a massive stroke and died.

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3.24.2016

Report on Medical Errors at NH Hospitals

A series of articles on the reporting of adverse events — serious medical errors also known as "never events" — by NH hospitals is available at: InDepthNH.org. There are 29 types of errors — all considered to be avoidable mistakes — that hospitals must report to the Department of Health and Human Services. (See the full list below.)

The most recent data from 2014, shows 73 never events were reported. These include 25 patient falls and 22 pressure ulcers, as well as 14 surgery-related errors at NH hospitals including Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

How did your hospital do? See the full public document listing the type of adverse events reported by each NH hospital at this NHDHHS web page.

What Are Never Events?

Here is the list of 29 adverse events that hospitals in NH must report in an effort to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety, as reported by Nancy West at InDepthNH.org
Surgical or invasive procedure events
  • Surgery or other invasive procedure performed on the wrong site
  • Surgery or other invasive procedure performed on the wrong patient
  • Wrong surgical or other invasive procedure performed on a patient
  • Unintended retention of a foreign object in a patient after surgery or other invasive procedure
  • Intraoperative or immediately postoperative/post procedure death in an ASA Class 1 patient
Product or device events
  • Patient death or serious injury associated with the use of contaminated drugs, devices, or biologics provided by the healthcare setting
  • Patient death or serious injury associated with the use or function of a device in patient care, in which the device is used or functions other than as intended
  • Patient death or serious injury associated with intravascular air embolism that occurs while being cared for in a healthcare setting
Patient protection events
  • Discharge or release of a patient/resident of any age, who is unable to make decisions, to other than an authorized person
  • Patient death or serious injury associated with patient elopement (disappearance)
  • Patient suicide, attempted suicide, or self-harm that results in serious injury, while being cared for in a healthcare setting
Care management events
  • Patient death or serious injury associated with a medication error (e.g., errors involving the wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong patient, wrong time, wrong rate, wrong preparation, or wrong route of administration)
  • Patient death or serious injury associated with unsafe administration of blood products
  • Maternal death or serious injury associated with labor or delivery in a low-risk pregnancy while being cared for in a healthcare setting
  • Death or serious injury of a neonate associated with labor or delivery in a low-risk pregnancy
  • Patient death or serious injury associated with a fall while being cared for in a healthcare setting
  • Any Stage 3, Stage 4, and unstageable pressure ulcers acquired after admission/presentation to a healthcare setting
  • Artificial insemination with the wrong donor sperm or wrong egg (updated)
  • Patient death or serious injury resulting from the irretrievable loss of an irreplaceable biological specimen
  • Patient death or serious injury resulting from failure to follow up or communicate laboratory, pathology, or radiology test results
Environmental events
  • Patient or staff death or serious injury associated with an electric shock in the course of a patient care process in a healthcare setting
  • Any incident in which systems designated for oxygen or other gas to be delivered to a patient contain no gas, the wrong gas, or are contaminated by toxic substances
  • Patient or staff death or serious injury associated with a burn incurred from any source in the course of a patient care process in a healthcare setting
  • Patient death or serious injury associated with the use of physical restraints or bedrails while being cared for in a healthcare setting
Radiologic events
  • Death or serious injury of a patient or staff associated with the introduction of a metallic object into the M RI area
Potential criminal events
  • Any instance of care ordered by or provided by someone impersonating a physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare provider
  • Abduction of a patient/resident of any age
  • Sexual abuse/assault on a patient or staff member within or on the grounds of a healthcare setting
  • Death or serious injury of a patient or staff member resulting from a physical assault (i.e., battery) that occurs within or on the grounds of a healthcare setting

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1.29.2016

Lubin & Meyer Finishes Record Year with 56 Verdicts and Settlements of $1 Million or More in MA, NH and RI



Lubin & Meyer PC eclipsed the results of all other firms in New England having achieved 50 "million-plus" verdicts and settlements for 2015 as compiled by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and published in its January 15, 2016 edition. Lubin & Meyer secured more than four times as many million-plus verdicts and settlements than its closest competitor in Massachusetts — and the firm secured six additional million-plus verdicts and settlements in New Hampshire and Rhode Island for a record 56 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more.

Highlights of the 56 cases resolved include:

$35.4 Million Verdict
Stroke following childbirth brings largest verdict in Massachusetts

$3.6 Million Verdict
PCP misdiagnoses patient's colon cancer symptoms

$1.08 Million Verdict
Man suffers blindness in right eye after surgery

$6.25 Million Settlement
Baby injured at birth after complete stoppage of blood flow to the brain

$5.65 Million Settlement
Failure to monitor fetal readings results in severe neurological injury to newborn

$4.96 Million Settlement
Newborn's hypoxic brain injury leads to cerebral palsy

$4.93 Million Settlement
Mismanaged labor results in birth injuries causing cerebral palsy

$4.5 Million Settlement
Failure To Diagnose Colorectal Cancer

Click to view more of the largest verdicts and settlements of 2015.

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9.26.2015

Cauda Equina Diagnosis Delay Leaves NH Woman with Permanent Neurologic Injuries

New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Settlement

As reported by lawyer for the plaintiff, Benjamin Novotny, Lubin & Meyer PC.

The plaintiff is a 50-year-old New Hampshire woman who suffers from significant weakness of her lower extremities and bowel and bladder incontinence from a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome.

On February 23, 2011, the plaintiff presented to her primary care doctor’s office complaining of pain in her right leg and lower back pain for the prior two weeks. She also reported that her leg pain radiated from her lower back, down her leg, to her toes. On exam, the defendant noted tenderness in the L4-L5 region of her back. Of particular note, this is the exact same location where the patient’s disc herniation and cauda equina syndrome was eventually diagnosed.

Without requesting a consultation or performing a single imaging study, the defendant physician diagnosed the plaintiff with lumbar disc disease and sciatic syndrome. She was given a prescription for cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and prednisone with instructions to return in two weeks for re-evaluation.

Approximately one week later, March 4, 2011, the plaintiff’s husband called the defendant’s office and reported that his wife was experienced worsening back pain, muscle spasms, and lower extremity weakness with numbness and tingling.

Later the same day, the plaintiff was seen again by the defendant.  She reported increased lower back pain with pain radiating to her legs which had worsened over the prior two days. The plaintiff also reported difficulty walking due to bilateral leg weakness, numbness, and tingling.

The defendant diagnosed the plaintiff with lumbar disc disease and prescribed cyclobenzaprine 10 mg TID, oxycodone 5 mg every 4-6 hours, prednisone, and physical therapy.

The very next day, March 5, 2011, the plaintiff presented to St. Joseph’s Hospital with an inability to walk, numbness in both lower extremities, and incontinence. An MRI was ordered and showed a very large disc herniation at the L4-L5 level completely obliterating the thecal sac (the membranous sheath that surrounds the spinal cord). Based on the MRI findings, neurosurgical evaluation at Lahey Clinic, Burlington, was recommended for cauda equina syndrome. The plaintiff was transferred to Lahey Clinic where she underwent a complete L4 laminectomy and bilateral L4-L5 diskectomy.

Today, the plaintiff suffers from significant weakness of her lower extremities with severely antalgic gait. She has difficulty with bowel retention and suffers a neurogenic bladder with incontinence.

To learn more about cauda equina syndrome, please see this recent post on our Patient Safety Blog on Cauda Equina, related to this case.

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8.24.2015

Six Ways To Help Prevent Hospital Infections

As a follow up to our previous post on NH hospital infection data, we wanted to share these six tips from the CDC on protecting yourself as a patient from healthcare-associated infection.


1. Speak up. Talk to your doctor about all questions or worries you have. Ask them what they are doing to protect you. If you have a catheter, ask each day if it is necessary.

2. Keep hands clean. Ask everyone cleans their hands before touching you.

3. Antibiotics. Ask if they will test effectiveness of antibiotic if prescribed.

4. Know the signs of infection. Some skin infections, such as MRSA, appear as redness, pain or drainage at an IV catheter site or surgery site.

5. Watch out for  c. diff.
If you have 3 or more diarrhea episodes in 24 hours, tell your physician, especially if you are on an antibiotic.

6. Protect yourself. Get vaccinated against flu and other infections to avoid complications.

For more detail on each of these six tips, please see this page from the CDC.

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8.07.2015

NH Releases Updated Hospital Infection Data

Data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) at New Hampshire's 34 hospitals and 27 ambulatory surgery centers shows a slight increase in reported infections over last year, but less than predicted. The reports are mandated by law to track data on the occurrence of specific HAIs. While NH hospital data is better than the national average, more progress is needed to reduce hospital-acquired infections, which account for 25% of all preventable hospital error deaths nationwide. (See earlier post on Hospital Errors.)

Hospitals

A total of 219 HAIs was reported by hospitals in 2014, compared with 183 in 2013. Compared to national data, New Hampshire hospitals had fewer observed infections.

Hospital infections tracked are:
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Surgical site infections following certain 
    • heart
    • colon
    • abdominal hysterectomy and
    • knee surgeries
Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Overall, statewide infection rates in NH's ambulatory surgery centers are similar in comparison to national data. A total of four surgical site infections were reported for 2014, compared with six in 2013 and four in 2012.

Infections tracked for surgical centers are:
  • Surgical site infections following certain 
    • breast
    • hernia
    • open reduction of fracture surgeries
The reports also provide data on hospital and surgery center compliance with measures that help protect patients from healthcare-associated infections. These data include adherence to infection prevention practices during central line insertions in hospitals, the appropriate use of antimicrobials during surgical procedures in ASC, and influenza vaccination coverage among hospital and ASC healthcare personnel.

For more information on the 2014 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Hospital Report and the 2014 Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Report released by The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), a Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), visit this web page: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/hai/publications.htm

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5.13.2015

Lubin & Meyer Secures $35.4 Million Dollar Verdict for Woman's Stroke Following Childbirth

A recent $35.4 million dollar verdict in the case of a woman who had a stroke hours after giving birth to her first child is among the largest jury awards in New England for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Attorneys for the plaintiff were Benjamin Novotny and Karen Zahka of Lubin & Meyer.

Below is coverage by WCVB-TV Channel 5.


More information is available here: $35.4M Verdict in Childbirth Stroke Lawsuit

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5.11.2015

New England's Best Lawyers

New England's Best Lawyers a publication of Best Lawyers® distributed as part of The Boston Globe on May 1, featured Lubin & Meyer partner Robert Higgins on the cover. Rob, who is selected as Boston's 2015 Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice Law, is featured in the cover story: Safeguarding a Patient's Right to Secure and Reliable Medicine.

The article describes Higgins and Lubin & Meyer as "an industry leader."

“Improving any system requires change, which in turn requires leadership, and that is where we excel,” said Higgins, who obtained three of the top five verdicts of 2014 — $4.8 million in a undiagnosed myocarditis case, $11 million in a case where a doctor failed to diagnose lung cancer, and $7 million in a lawsuit where a tonsillectomy resulted in the death of a 38-year-old man.
“The fact is, medical mistakes are endemic to our health care system. They are one of the leading causes of death in this country, and as a firm, it is not only our mission to achieve maximum compensation for our clients, but also to ensure patient safety for the general public.”  — Robert M. Higgins
Higgins, firm founder Andrew Meyer, and their colleagues at Lubin & Meyer (all five partners are selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of New England's Best Lawyers) are known as relentless advocates for the rights of injured patients. By calling for a better standard of care, they have exposed the lack of quality treatment available at many institutions and, in the process, helped create safer hospital environments. One example provided in the article: After a Lubin & Meyer lawsuit uncovered a flaw in a Boston hospital’s computer system that had allowed medical professionals to overdose a patient, resulting in her death, the hospital changed its protocols and instituted a backup system to safeguard against a similar tragedy.

The full article can be read here on the Best Lawyers website.

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3.05.2015

How Do NH Hospitals Measure Up in Avoiding Infections?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released national and state-by-state progress reports on the efforts by healthcare facilities to eliminate Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs).

The report highlights the six most common infection types:
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Surgical site infections (SSI) - Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Surgical site infections (SSI) - Colon Surgery
  • MRSA Bacteremia - Laboratory identified hospital-onset bloodstream infections 
  • C. difficile - Laboratory identified hospital-onset infections
When compared to the national baseline, New Hampshire hospitals show significantly lower infections (reports use 2013 data). However, compared to 2012 state level data, NH showed an increase in surgical site infections (SSIs) — a 40% increase in SSIs related to abdominal hysterectomies and a 13% increase in SSIs related to colon surgery.

View NH Fact Sheet on Hospital Infections

For more detailed information, download the New Hampshire Fact Sheet.

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1.02.2015

FDA Updates Warning on Use of Power Morcellation of Uterine Fibroids

A series of articles in the Wall Street Journal details investigation into the marketing, training and use of power morcellation for the removal of uterine fibroids and hysterectomies. The issue at hand is that if a fibroid turns out to be cancerous, the morcellation can cause rapid spread of cancer. Below one article tells the story of a New Hampshire woman who died from cancer when she was diagnosed with a uterine fibroid that was removed by morcellation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system. Her fibroid turned out to be cancer.


Excerpt from FDA Safety Communication

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop from the muscular tissue of the uterus. Most women will develop uterine fibroids (also called leiomyomas) at some point in their lives, although most cause no symptoms1. In some cases, however, fibroids can cause symptoms, including heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain, and/or frequent urination, requiring medical or surgical therapy.

Many women choose to undergo laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy because these procedures are associated with benefits such as a shorter post-operative recovery time and a reduced risk of infection compared to abdominal hysterectomy and myomectomy. Many of these laparoscopic procedures are performed using a power morcellator.

Based on an FDA analysis of currently available data, we estimate that approximately 1 in 350 women undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for the treatment of fibroids is found to have an unsuspected uterine sarcoma, a type of uterine cancer that includes leiomyosarcoma. At this time, there is no reliable method for predicting or testing whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma.

If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s long-term survival. While the specific estimate of this risk may not be known with certainty, the FDA believes that the risk is higher than previously understood.

Read full FDA Safety Communication: UPDATED Laparoscopic Uterine Power Morcellation in Hysterectomy and Myomectomy

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10.29.2014

An Update: Lubin & Meyer in the Courtroom


Lubin & Meyer has achieved six multi-million dollar medical malpractice verdicts in the past 12 months:
  • $24.4M verdict* - Doctors fail to recognize condition in premature newborn leading to debilitating syndrome
  • $16.7M verdict - Radiologist misses evidence of cancer on x-ray
  • $13M verdict - 38-year-old man dies following tonsillectomy
  • $11.3M verdict - Boston IVF doctor misses ovarian cancer diagnosis in 35-year-old woman
  • $4.8M verdict - 23-year-old man's fatal heart condition misdiagnosed as bronchitis
  • $1M verdict - Doctor fails to diagnose rectal cancer in 83-year-old woman
Also several significant settlements include:
  • $4.5M settlement against MGH doctors for failing to repair fractured rib resulting in death of from pierced aorta
  • $4M settlement for birth injury related to care received at Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • $3.5M settlement in bowel perforation death following elective disc surgery
  • $3M settlement reached in Bridgewater Hospital death
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9.04.2014

Robert Higgins Selected "Lawyer of the Year" for Medical Malpractice Law

We are pleased to announce that Robert M. Higgins has been selected by Best Lawyers® as Boston's "Lawyer of the Year" - Medical Malpractice Law for 2015. Higgins, a partner of the firm, has achieved numerous mulit-million verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.

Some of his most notable verdicts include:
Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 20th edition of Best Lawyers® (2015) is based on more than 5.5 million votes by other lawyers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

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7.30.2014

Medical Errors in Hospitals: Third Leading Cause of Death in America

New Hampshire Pubic Radio reports on the recent U.S. Senate subcommittee panel on preventable medical errors, where health safety experts testified on the high rate of medical errors in hospitals leading to death. The hearing was titled "More Than 1,000 Preventable Deaths a Day Is Too Many: The Need to Improve Patient Safety."

Those numbers are according to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety that reveals medical mistakes in hospitals account for up to 440,000 patient death each year — which makes medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer. 

The NHPR article states,
"The health care community is not doing enough to track and prevent widespread harm to patients, and preventable deaths and injuries in hospitals and other settings will continue unless Congress takes action, medical experts said Thursday [July 17] on Capitol Hill."
Experts agreed that better measurement and reporting of patient harms is needed. Some called for a National Patient Safety Board to investigate patient harms.

For more information on the hearing, please see the full article on nhpr.com:
Health Safety Experts Call For Public Reporting Of Medical Harms

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6.30.2014

Personal Injury Attorney Benjamin Novotny Featured on FOX-25 Newscast

Benjamin Novotony represents the family of a disabled man who was found bruised and paralyzed at a group home. The civil lawsuit brought by Lubin & Meyer PC is bringing new information to light. For more details, see the FOX 25 news story below.



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6.24.2014

Study Shows Cancer Is Commonly Misdiagnosed

How often is cancer misdiagnosed? According to a survey of 400 leading cancer specialists by the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) and Best Doctors, Inc. it is much more common than we think. The majority of doctors surveyed believed cancer misdiagnosis rates to be between zero and 10 percent — a number far lower than the actual 28 percent estimated by the BMJ Quality and Safety journal. (See full survey here.)

Cancers are often misdiagnosed — sometimes with grave consequences.

We have successfully handled numerous cases involving misdiagnosis of cancer including:
If you have questions about a possible delay or misdiagnosis in cancer, please do  not hesitate to call our firm. We can evaluate your case free of charge. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Click to see more: Cancer Verdicts and Settlements.

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