Nov 10, 2008

Errors test openness at Beth Israel Deaconess - The Boston Globe

Errors test openness at Beth Israel Deaconess - The Boston Globe

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Nov 9, 2008

Jury Verdict is $13.5M for Family of Dana-Farber Cancer Patient Undergoing Experimental Chemotherapy

OK, more on the $13.5M medical malpractice lawsuit involving a women who died of a "massive flesh-eating bacteria infection" while undergoing experimental chemotherapy treatment at Dana-Farber hospital in Boston, MA. (I used the handy Share This tool which allows me to quickly post it to this site, but doesn't allow adding more info.)

The original news story on the wrongful death jury award is here in this Boston Globe article.
Plaintiff attorney for the family of the woman was Robert Higgins, from medical malpractice powerhouse Lubin & Meyer. The woman was receiving chemotherapy every two weeks instead of the standard regimen of once every three weeks for Ewing's sarcoma. Said Higgins in a report in the Boston Herald, "her death could have been prevented if doctors had investigated the cause of chronic diarrhea that surfaced during treatment for a tumor behind her knee."

Earlier this year, Higgins was the attorney in another jury award for $14.5M related to a woman who died from a medical error after surgery for thyroid surgery at Brockton Hospital.

Here are some more links to coverage of the verdict including the Dana-Farber response:
Dana-Farber chief reacts to $13.5m award in patients' death
Family of Dana-Farber cancer patient gets $13.5M - Boston Herald