Types of Cases Polewski & Associates Handles

Little Rock Medical Malpractice Lawyer Serving All of Arkansas

A Small Sample of the Malpractice Cases We Have Handled

With decades of experience handling cases against doctors, nurses, dentists and hospitals, our team has handled just about every type of medical malpractice case that can be imagined. The following is a representative sample of the misdiagnosis and malpractice cases we have handled in recent years.

It is a sad fact that our medical malpractice team has handled multiple medical malpractice cases involving the exact same error leading to severe injuries and deaths of different patients. If you or a family member suffered injury in a medical setting, please call Polewski & Associates 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)