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NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE LAW FIRM – TROY STAFFORD VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

Child Had Scoliosis – No Physical Limits, Progression – Changed Procedure – Pedicle Screws Burst – Paraplegia – $6.5 Million Settlement

In May of 2002, the plaintiff was a 4-year-old boy who had suffered from congenital scoliosis since birth. He had no physical limitations as a result of the scoliosis. He was evaluated at an orthopedic clinic where the Defendant physician decided during the very first visit that the child needed surgery to straighten his spine although numerous CTs, MRIs and plain x-ray films showed no progression of his scoliosis. The physician discussed this surgery with the parents on several occasions and documented the surgery that he intended to perform in his office notes.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Internal Medicine physician fails to follow up on assessment for potential for imminent heart attack – $3 Million Settlement

Patient suffers massive heart attack and dies leaving wife and children

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

General Family Practice physician turns away patient and fails to work up or stabilize the patient while having a heart attack symptoms – $2.25 Million Settlement

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Patient died in parking lot of practice

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Child recovers $2 million dollars after contracting HIV virus in blood transfusion

In a confidential settlement, child has recovered approximately $2 million dollars when an unnecessary blood transfusion infested the child with the HIV virus. The identities of all parties may not be disclosed in accordance with the court documents.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Dermatologist misidentifies skin lesion and mole as benign therefore failing to institute appropriate clinical care and treatment for early stages of cancer – $1 Million Settlement

Patient died.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$900,000 – Chiropractor causes vertebral artery dissection by improper upper cervical manipulation and thereafter fails to identify signs of stroke

Patient suffers stroke and becomes partially permanently disabled.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$640,000 – Gentamicin Toxicity – Failure to monitor levels results in ototoxicity

A 40 year old male was prescribed gentamicin for a foot infection. The orthopedic physician ordered that peak and trough levels be drawn by the home health agency. These were not done and the physician never realized he was not receiving weekly reports of his levels. The patient developed ototoxicity and now experiences balance impairment which has left him unable to work or drive.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$500,000 – Hospital nurse improperly removed catheter

Patient suffered permanent incontinence.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Medical Malpractice – ER Delayed Treating Neck Fractures, Pain – Paralysis – $500,000 Mediated Settlement

Medical malpractice. In a confidential settlement in Cleveland County, a patient received a mediated settlement in the amount of $500,000 when an emergency room delayed in treating severe neck injuries.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$450,000 – Emergency Department nurse causes IV infiltration of caustic and incorrect dose of Phenergan

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Patient suffered tissue death in hand.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Medical instrument causing urological injury yields $450,000 (2012)

Young African American female suffers permanent urological damage from the improper use of a Medical catheter during a routine surgical procedure.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$400,000 – Home Health Nurse over doses patient with improper amounts of pain medication

Patient died.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$400,000 – Plastic surgeon failed to treat post surgery infection

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Patient suffered prolonged medical care and scarring.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$400,000 – Nursing home nurse failed to treat prolonged Hypoglycemia

Patient Died.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$380,000 – Loss of Kidney – Blocked Ureter – Urology

A 17 year old male underwent surgery for testicular cancer. Following the surgery in the post op period, the patient’s signs and symptoms of a ureter obstruction were not diagnosed by the treating urologist even though it was evident on a radiologic study. The patient ended up losing his kidney as a result of the blockage.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$375,000 – Urologist damaged ureter during standard procedure

Patient suffered death of a kidney.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$350,000 – Hospital nurses failed to care for elderly patient while transferring

Patient suffered a fall and head injury.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$300,000 – Patient sustained two defective hip implants

This caused failture and ultimate removal and replacement of the joints.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Product liability Drug warning regarding the use of YAZ yields $289,000 (2013)

Young female suffer blood clots as a result of taking birth control pills that had serious complications and side effects that the manufacturer failed to correct or adequately warn.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$250,000 – Perforated Uterus during Dilatation and Evacuation – Gynecologic Negligence

A 28 year female underwent D&E at 16 weeks due to a lethal malformation of her fetus. During the procedure, the gynecologist perforated her uterus and removed parts of her colon causing such damage that she had to undergo a subtotal colectomy.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$250,000 – Family physician failed to renew ongoing prescription

Patient suffered a stroke.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Medical Malpractice – ER Failed To Diagnose Stroke – Several Risk Factors – Discharged – Partial Paralysis – $250,000 Settlement

Medical malpractice. Partial left side paralysis as a result of failure to diagnose stroke.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$225,000 – Emergency Department physician failed to recognize and treat symptoms of stroke

Patient is discharged and later suffers a stroke.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Medical Malpractice – Carotid Blockage – Delayed Diagnosis Of Stroke Symptoms – Paralysis – Poorer Outcome – $200,000 Mediated Settlement

Medical malpractice. A delay in diagnosing a blockage of the carotid artery resulted in exacerbated symptoms from a stroke. The patient recovered $200,000 in a confidential mediated settlement.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Over Prescribed medication yields $180,000 (2012)

Elderly female suffers permanent neurological injury as a result of the over prescription of a medication; she had showed signs and symptoms of impairment a year earlier.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

IV Infiltration in Emergency Department yields $170,000 (2012)

67 year old African American female has her IV infiltrate while it was unattended and left unchecked for hours; As a result it caused severe tissue necrosis of the left arm requiring surgery.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$165,000 – Family Practice physician failed to see patient as required to renew her medication and merely continue dosing over the phone

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Patient developed a toxicity that caused impairment.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Orthopedics — Failure To Properly Treat Leg Fracture — Deformity — $160,000 Award

The plaintiff alleged the defendant failed to properly treat a tibia/fibula fracture in a 17-year-old male. A seventeen degree deformity of the tib/fib area of the leg resulted in a 35 percent permanent partial disability.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Laparotomy – Marshall Marchette Krantz Procedure (Bladder Tack) Suture Through Ureter – Second Surgery Necessary – Colitis – $150,000 Settlement

Medical Malpractice; plaintiff injured during laparotomy and Marshall Marchette Krantz Procedure (Bladder Tack). Surgeon sutured through ureter, subsequent surgery necessary to remove stitches, plaintiff developed colitis in hospital.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$147,500 – Spinal Cord Injury – Failure to Diagnose – Motorcycle Accident – Emergency Room Negligence

A 60 year old male was involved in a motorcycle accident. He loss consciousness and was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. He was treated and released. That night while at home he began to lose sensation in his extremities. He was taken to a different hospital where they diagnosed his spinal cord injury. He still has limited function in one arm and one leg.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation Procedure – Ureter To Bladder Severed – Failure To Discover And Repair – $100,000 Verdict

Surgeon severed ureter to bladder while inserting trocar during attempted laparoscopic tubal ligation; failure to discover and repair. After client was unable to void, emergency surgery was necessary to correct the problem. Patient fully recovered.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

Pharmacy error causing kidney damage yields $100,000 (your case in 2013)

Middle aged professional female suffered permanent kidney damage in the form of reduced functionality as a result of a pharmacy filling error for a kidney medicine.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$75,000 – retained surgical sponge – hospital negligence

A 35 year old female underwent hernia repair. A surgical sponge was left behind causing her to suffer abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. A second surgery was performed to remove the sponge.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford

$47,500 -Gynecologic Malpractice – defective medical instrument

A 31 year old had an HTA procedure performed and suffered severe burning of her vaginal area and buttocks. She suffered severe pain for several weeks following the injury and was left with noticeable scarring in the areas.

Verdict received by Troy Stafford