It is a sad fact that doctors are not perfect. Indeed, medical mistakes now stand as the third leading cause of death in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people either die or suffer serious injuries because of medical negligence. As a leading North Carolina medical malpractice firm, one common question we receive is,…

Medical malpractice remains far too common. Recently, researchers determined that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Only cancer and heart conditions are responsible for more deaths. In too many cases, negligent healthcare providers fail to take the proper safety precautions to protect patients. Multiple different parties could…

The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Recalled Product(s): AirLife Resuscitation Devices Product Codes: 2K8004, 2K8035C2, 2K8017, 2K8005, 2K8018, 2K8008, 2K8036, 2K8001, RE1DK5445D,2K8035M,2K8039,2K8004C2 Manufacturing Dates: February 5, 2018 to February 28, 2018 Distribution Dates: February 2,…

ISSUE: Haemonetics recently received reports of low pH readings for platelets stored in the CLX HP bag in certain lots of the Acrodose PLus and PL systems. In some instances the drop in pH is accompanied by a yellow discoloration of the storage bag. Platelets with pH lower than 6.2 and a lack of “swirl”…

ISSUE: FDA is alerting health care professionals to a voluntary recall of all non-expired products marketed as sterile made by Coastal Meds due to visible particles in some of the drug vials for injection. BACKGROUND: During FDA’s recent inspection of Coastal Meds, investigators observed visible particulates and poor sterile production practices which further raise concerns…

ISSUE: Hospira is voluntarily recalling 3 lots of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, 100 mg/20 mL Vial (NDC 0409-2267-20), and one lot of Labetalol Hydrochloride Injection, USP, Novaplus (NDC 0409-2267-25) to the hospital/institution level. Hospira, Inc. initiated this recall due to the discovery of cracks on the rim surface of vials for these lots, which is…

Medtronic is recalling certain ICDs and CRT-Ds due to a defect in the manufacturing process. This defect causes an out of specification gas mixture inside the device and may prevent the device from delivering the electrical shock needed to pace a patient’s heartbeat or revive a patient in cardiac arrest. The delay or inability to deliver a shock to a patient in cardiac arrest or pace a patient’s heart whose heartbeat is too slow could result in serious injury and/or death.

Under North Carolina law, a plaintiff may recover economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include primarily medical expenses and loss of earnings. Non-economic damages may include pain and suffering, scars or disfigurement, loss of use of part of the body, loss of consortium, permanent injury, and inconvenience. Those cases with higher medical costs and negligence resulting in permanent injuries typically resolve at higher amounts. The age and income of the patient are also important in deciding settlement value. There is no set formula to determine a medical malpractice settlement and every case is different. These are complicated matters which typically take years to resolve, and require an experienced law firm to guide patients through the legal process.

When a patient sues a medical provider for malpractice, he/she usually hopes to get money damages to compensate them for their injury.

There are generally two classes of damages: economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to specific costs the patient incurred as a result of his/her injury, such as medical bills, lost wages, lost earnings, and miscellaneous out-of-pocket costs. On the other hand, noneconomic damages refers to all the other types of damages, such as emotional distress, physical pain, and mental suffering.