Medical and Dental Cases Polewski & Associates Have Handled

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A Small Sample of the Malpractice Cases We Have Handled

In over three decades helping families and patients hurt by malpractice, our team has handled many, many different kinds of cases.  If you have been injured by medical malpractice of a doctor, nurse or hospital, we have almost certainly already handled a case like yours.  The following is a list of the types of cases we have handled, often many times.

Dentist Negligence

Our dentist malpractice team has handled the following dental malpractice claims:

  • Dentist's negligence in failing to monitor patient's vital signs during extraction of teeth leads to patient's death
  • Dentist's failure to provide antibiotics when extracting an abscessed tooth leads to sepsis and lengthy hospital stay (multiple cases)
  • Dentist's negligence with drill results in patient's tongue being cut in half
  • Dentist extracts tooth and shatters jaw, causing massive breathing
  • Oral surgeon places implant into a patient's sinus
  • Oral surgery ruins occlusion and causes inability to eat normally or without pain
  • Orthodontist's negligence results in loss of multiple teeth and damage to patient's jaw (multiple cases)
  • Oral surgeon's negligence leads to $150,000 of additional dental treatment and multiple additional surgeries
  • Dentist's negligence in setting dental posts results in infections, loss of teeth and jaw bone (multiple cases)
  • Unqualified dentist attempts to design and place implants, resulting in serious infection, bone loss, and permanent disability (multiple cases)
  • Negligent dentist pulls too many teeth, requiring expensive and painful surgical repair (multiple cases)
  • Dentist malpractice in cosmetic procedure results in loss of teeth and bone in jaw (multiple cases)
  • Dentist negligence in root canal and periodontic care causes severe injury and disability
  • Oral surgeon's negligence results in coma and lengthy hospital stay
  • Poor installation of implants results in years of pain and multiple additional surgeries (multiple cases)
  • Negligence during root canal results in near death of patient from infection
  • Failure to provide antibiotics to young girl with artificial heart valve leads to open heart surgery

Emergency Room Medical Malpractice

Our attorneys have handled a wide variety of emergency room error claims, including:

  • Failure to diagnose a heart attack leads to death of patient (multiple different cases)
  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis leads to death of patient from burst appendix
  • Failure to treat a child with meningitis results in severe brain damage to child (multiple cases)
  • Misdiagnosis of heart failure as "indigestion" results in death of patient
  • Medication error causes death of child
  • Release of patient with serious internal injuries results in death of patient
  • Failure to properly evaluate patient results in missed heart infection and the patient's death
  • Failure to diagnose compartment syndrome lead to loss of patient's leg (multiple cases)
  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis results in burst appendix and near death of patient (multiple cases)
  • Doctor thinks patient is "faking" symptoms and allows patient to become paralyzed without care
  • Doctor delays obtaining care for patient with spinal injury, leading to permanent paralysis
  • Nurse in ER gives patient overdose of morphine, causing patient's death
  • Doctors and nurses fail to recognize that patient is dying of infection and send him home without treatment (multiple cases)
  • Doctors and nurses fail to treat bowel obstruction, resulting in death of patient
  • Doctor gives overdose of Dilaudid, causing respiratory arrest and coma
  • Doctors and nurses give overdose of morphine
  • Doctors and nurses miss symptoms of bowel obstruction and patient dies
  • Doctors and nurses fail to recognize necrotizing fasciitis and patient dies
  • Emergency room doctors diagnose dangerous brain swelling--but fail to get patient treatment, patient dies

Family Practice Doctor Negligence and Internal Medicine Specialist Malpractice

Lawsuits involving family practice doctor negligence or internal medicine specialist negligence handled by our malpractice attorneys include:

  • Failure to diagnose pneumonia results in multiple surgeries and disability
  • Misdiagnosis of heart failure as "indigestion" results in death of patient
  • Doctor's failure to diagnose or treat infection in hospital causes patient's death
  • Doctor's failure to diagnose heart problem leads to patient's death from heart attack
  • Doctor's failure to act on laboratory report results in patient's death from treatable cancer (multiple cases)
  • Doctor's failure to read report from radiologist results in delayed treatment that could have saved patient (multiple cases)
  • Doctor's prescription of wrong drug causes hearing loss
  • Doctor's failure to refer patient for treatment by specialist causes serious injury and death (multiple cases)

Our malpractice attorneys have also worked on many claims involving hospital errors or nursing errors:

  • Failure to inform doctors of blood test results in death of patient from heart infection (endocarditis)
  • Negligence during surgery on blood vessels in the forehead leads to loss of an eye and terrible scarring
  • Surgeon's negligence in failing to adequately monitor patient after surgery leads to brain injury or death (multiple cases)
  • Patient has allergic reaction to drugs given at hospital and nurses and doctors ignore it, leading to serious injury (multiple cases)
  • Nurses fail to monitor patient as required, and patient dies from lack of care (multiple cases)
  • Nurse administers wrong drug, leading to death of child
  • Nursing staff fails to monitor patient, leading to terrible bedsores, infection and death of patient
  • Nursing staff fails to follow fall precautions for disabled patient, resulting in fall which leads to patient's death (multiple different cases)
  • Physical therapy staff fails to act on bleeding within cast, leading to loss of all skin on patient's leg, multiple surgeries, and disability
  • Dialysis nurse and floor nurse fail to react to emergency during dialysis, leading to the patient bleeding to death
  • Surgical error: nurses leave sponges and other objects in patients (multiple different cases)
  • Nursing staff fails to report symptoms to doctor; patient dies from easily curable condition (multiple cases)
  • Nurses or nurse's aid drops patient (multiple cases)
  • Nurses fail to notice fracture, patient becomes very ill and dies
  • Failure of doctor and hospital staff to monitor patient after surgery leads to death from post-operative complications (multiple different cases)
  • Nurses fail to advocate for patient safety when patient has emergency symptoms and doctor ignores them (multiple cases)
  • Nurse fail to respond to patient calls for help and patient dies or becomes paralyzed
  • Patient with sleep apnea given drugs that caused respiratory failure and death
  • Patient overdosed on pain medications
  • Patient dies during "code blue" due to errors by rapid response team

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Medical Malpractice

We have extensive experience handling medical malpractice claims and lawsuits resulting in serious birth injuries:

  • Failure to perform C-section results in death of baby
  • Failure to perform C-section results in death of mother
  • Negligence in delivering baby results in permanent loss of use of baby's arm
  • Ignoring evidence of trapped uterus results in severe brain damage to  baby
  • Failure to deliver baby in time results in cerebral palsy
  • Gynecologist's failure to act on evidence of cervical cancer leads to death of patient
  • Negligence in performing hysterectomy leads to injuries to bladder, ureters or other structures, resulting in severe injuries and additional surgery (multiple cases)
  • Surgeon leaves needle in patient after surgery, resulting in severe pain and requiring further surgery
  • Gynecologist fails to treat infection, resulting in woman being unable to have children

Orthopedic (Bone Doctor) Medical Malpractice

Orthopedic malpractice lawsuits our team has handled include:

  • Negligence in ankle surgery leads to infection and loss of function in ankle
  • Poorly performed hip surgery leads to permanent nerve damage and disability (multiple cases)
  • Surgeon negligently cuts artery during knee replacement surgery
  • Negligence in obtaining bone marrow sample results in spinal cord injury
  • Negligence in performing knee surgery results in permanently frozen knee
  • Medical malpractice of back surgeon results in patient being permanently crippled and in severe pain (multiple cases)
  • Negligence of surgeon in failing to diagnose compartment syndrome results in patient's loss of his leg (multiple cases)
  • Medical malpractice in setting fracture of ankle results in patient being permanently crippled and in pain
  • Unnecessary and poorly performed back surgery cripples patient (multiple different cases)
  • Negligence in back surgery causes permanent disability and loss of use of leg (multiple different cases)
  • Orthopedist's failure to diagnose blockage of arteries leads to loss of leg (multiple different cases)
  • Orthopedic surgeon's negligence in performing knee replacement surgery results in artery injury and "frozen" joint
  • Orthopedic surgeon's malpractice in performing hip replacement surgery results in permanent and disabling nerve injury
  • Orthopedic surgeon malpractice during hip surgery causes failure of operation and permanent disability

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Our medical malpractice attorneys have extensive experience with nursing home abuse and neglect cases:

  • Nurse malpractice leads to severe bedsores and multiple surgeries (multiple cases)
  • Failure to monitor patient's nutrition leads to patient's death
  • Nurse drops patient causing serious injuries (multiple cases)
  • Nursing malpractice in failing to monitor patient results in fall, disability and death
  • Failure to properly monitor patient results in malnutrition, bedsores and death
  • Helpless patient abused by nursing home staff

Pain Management Medical Malpractice

  • pain management doctor doing cervical injection punctures patient's spinal cord, leaving patient in constant pain and addicted to pain medications
  • pain management doctor giving epidural steroid injection causes spinal hematoma and nerve damage affecting patient's hands, legs and feet

Surgical Medical Malpractice

Our attorneys have helped many victims of surgical errors:

  • Lung surgery: Patient's phrenic nerve cut during lung surgery, leaving young man unable to breathe normally and permanently disabled
  • Negligence during surgery for removal of appendix requires long hospital stay and additional surgeries
  • Nose surgery: Failure of doctor and hospital staff to monitor patient after surgery leads to death from post-operative complications
  • Anesthesiologist's failure to monitor patient results in brain damage or death (multiple cases)
  • Cosmetic surgery:  during lipsuction doctor negligently shreds diaphragm muscles and destroys blood supply to patient's skin, resulting in a huge wound and multiple skin graft surgeries
  • Gall Bladder surgery: Mistake in gall bladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) results in liver damage, bile duct injury or death of patient (multiple cases)
  • Ankle surgery: Mistake by surgeon leads to infection, additional surgeries, and inability to bend ankle
  • Foot surgery: Mistakes by surgeon leave patient unable to walk (multiple cases)
  • Foot surgery:  podiatrists surgical errors during bunionectomy result in pain and additional surgeries (multiple cases)
  • Abdominal surgery: Surgeon mistakenly cuts colon, leading to infection and death of patient (multiple cases)
  • Colon surgery: negligence in performing colectomy leads to sterilization of male patient
  • Heart surgery:  during bypass surgery heart surgeon negligently sews shut arteries of veins (multiple cases)
  • Colon surgery: failure to diagnose and treat post-operative complication leads to patient's death (multiple cases)
  • Medical malpractice in use of robot for surgery results in injury to patient's bowels, biliary system, or arteries (multiple cases)
  • Gall bladder surgery: surgeon's mistake in cutting wrong duct leads to disability and additional surgeries (multiple cases)
  • Hysterectomy: surgeon's error damages bladder or ureters (multiple cases)
  • Medical malpractice in failing to diagnose and treat post-surgical infections (multiple cases)
  • Bariatric (weight loss) surgeon's negligence results in death or serious injury (multiple cases)
  • Weight loss surgery negligence causes loss of patient's entire stomach (multiple cases)
  • Negligence during gastric sleeve surgery results in pain, disability and need for additional surgeries (multiple cases)

If you or someone you care about has suffered a personal injury or a wrongful death due to medical malpractice, please call the Polewski Firm today at 501-404-0062.

Bariatric (weight loss) Surgery Malpractice

  • Bariatric surgeon gets “lost” during surgery and cuts and sews the wrong parts of patient’s body
  • Bariatric surgeon negligently leaves sponge in patient’s body
  • Bariatric surgeon negligently staples the patient’s bowel during surgery
  • Bariatric surgeon leave too small an opening into the stomach, leading to rupture of the patient’s esophagus
  • Bariatric surgeon fails to provide proper care after operation, leading to infection and further operations

Dentist Negligence

Dentist’s negligence in failing to monitor patient’s vital signs during extraction of teeth leads to patient’s death

  • Dentist’s negligence with drill results in patient’s tongue being cut in half
  • Orthodontist’s negligence results in loss of multiple teeth and damage to patient’s jaw
  • Oral surgeon’s negligence leads to $150,000 of additional dental treatment and multiple additional surgeries
  • Dentist extracts abscessed tooth without antibiotic treatment, leading to infection and near death of patient (multiple cases)
  • Implant are improperly designed and placed, leading to failure of the implants and necessity to remove them and start over (multiple cases)

Emergency Room Medical Malpractice

  • Failure to diagnose or treat heart attack leads to death of patient (multiple different cases)
  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis leads to death of patient from burst appendix
  • Failure to treat child with meningitis results in severe brain damage to child
  • Misdiagnosis of heart failure as “indigestion” results in death of patient
  • Administration of drug by mistake causes death of child
  • Release of patient with serious internal injuries results in death of patient
  • Failure to properly evaluate patient results in missed heart infection and the patient’s death
  • Failure to diagnose compartment syndrome lead to loss of patient’s leg
  • Failure to diagnose necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) leads to death of patient
  • Failure to treat bowel obstruction results in death of patient in emergency department

Eye Doctor (Opthamologist) Medical Malpractice

  • Opthamologist’s negligence in treating glaucoma blinds patient
  • Failure to diagnose infection results in blindness

Family Practice Doctor Negligence

  • Failure to diagnose pneumonia results in multiple surgeries and disability
  • Misdiagnosis of heart failure as “indigestion” results in death of patient

Internal Medicine Specialist Medical Malpractice

  • Doctor’s failure to diagnose or treat infection in hospital causes patient’s death
  • Doctor’s failure to diagnose heart problem leads to patient’s death from heart attack
  • Doctor’s failure to act on laboratory report results in patient’s death from treatable cancer

Hospital and Nursing Malpractice

  • Failure to inform doctors of blood test results results in death of patient from heart infection (endocarditis)
  • Nurse administers wrong drug, leading to death of child
  • Nursing staff fails to monitor patient, leading to terrible bedsores, infection and death of patient
  • Nursing staff fails to follow fall precautions for disabled patient, resulting in fall which leads to patient’s death (multiple different cases)
  • Physical therapy staff fails to act on bleeding within cast, leading to loss of all skin on patient’s leg, multiple surgeries, and disability
  • Dialysis nurse and floor nurse fail to react to emergency during dialysis, leading to the patient bleeding to death
  • Surgical nurses leave sponges and other objects in patients (multiple different cases)
  • Emergency room nurse fails to monitor patient or inform doctors of serious conditions leading to patient death (multiple cases)
  • Failure of doctor and hospital staff to monitor patient after surgery leads to death from post-operative complications (multiple different cases)

Obstetrician and Gynecologist Medical Malpractice

  • Failure to perform C-section results in death of baby
  • Failure to perform C-section results in death of mother
  • Negligence in delivering baby results in permanent loss of use of baby’s arm
  • Ignoring evidence of trapped uterus results in severe brain damage to  baby
  • Failure to deliver baby in time results in cerebral palsy
  • Gynecologist’s failure to act on evidence of cervical cancer leads to death of patient
  • Negligence in performing hysterectomy leads to injuries to bladder, ureters or other structures, resulting in severe injuries and additional surgery (multiple cases)
  • Surgeon leaves needle in patient after surgery, resulting in severe pain and requiring further surgery
  • Gynecologist fails to treat infection, resulting in woman being unable to have children

Orthopedist Medical Malpractice

  • Negligence in ankle surgery leads to infection and loss of function in ankle
  • Negligence of back surgeon results in patient being permanently crippled and in severe pain
  • Negligence of surgeon in failing to diagnose compartment syndrome results in patient’s loss of his leg
  • Negligence in setting fracture of ankle results in patient being permanently crippled and in pain
  • Unnecessary and poorly performed back surgery cripples patient (multiple different cases)
  • Negligence in back surgery causes permanent disability and loss of use of leg (multiple different cases)
  • Orthopedist’s failure to diagnose blockage of arteries leads to loss of leg (multiple different cases)
  • Negligence in hip replacement surgery leads to crippling and permanent pain (multiple cases)
  • Negligence in knee replacement surgery results in “frozen” and permanently extended knee

Nursing Home Negligence

  • Failure to care for patient leads to severe bedsores and multiple surgeries
  • Failure to monitor patient’s nutrition leads to patient’s death
  • Failure to monitor patient results in fall, disability and death
  • Failure to properly patient results in malnutrition, bedsores and death

Pediatrician Medical Malpractice

  • Pediatrician’s negligence in failing to diagnose meningitis results in death of child or severe injury and brain damage to child

Podiatrist Negligence

  • Unnecessary surgery results in permanent disability
  • Botched  bunion surgery results in severe pain, multiple surgeries and permanent injury (multiple cases)
  • Poorly done hammertoe surgery cripples patient
  • Surgery to “correct” flat foot leaves patient unable to walk
  • Negligent failure to treat infection leads to multiple additional surgeries and permanent disability

Surgical Medical Malpractice

  • Lung surgery:  Patient’s phrenic nerve cut during lung surgery, leaving young man unable to breathe normally and permanently disabled
  • Orthopedic surgery:  negligence during hip, back, knee and neck surgeries results in crippling and permanent pain (multiple cases)
  •  Nose surgery:  Failure of doctor and hospital staff to monitor patient after surgery leads to death from post-operative complications
  • Gall Bladder surgery:  Mistake in gall bladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) results in liver damage to patient or death (multiple cases)
  • Ankle surgery:  Mistake by surgeon leads to infection, additional surgeries, and inability to bend ankle
  • Foot surgery:  Mistakes by surgeon leave patient unable to walk (multiple cases)
  • Abdominal surgery:  Surgeon mistakenly cuts colon, leading to infection and death of patient (multiple cases)
  • Colon surgery:  negligence in performing colectomy leads to sterilization of male patient
  • Colon surgery:  failure to diagnose and treat post-operative infection leads to patient’s death
  • Gall bladder surgery:  surgeon’s mistake in cutting wrong duct leads to disability and additional surgeries (multiple cases)
  • Hysterectomy:  surgeon’s error damages bladder, bowel or ureters (multiple cases)