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Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Defective Hip Implant Litigation
Sommers Schwartz attorney Robert Sickels has filed a number of lawsuits against Stryker Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics alleging breach of warranty, failure ...
  • $825,000 Settlement for Birth Injuries Caused by Substandard Neonatal Care

Schwartz attorney Richard Groffsky secured an $825,000 medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a minor child who sustained injuries shortly after birth by caesarian section at 26 weeks. Due to his extremely low birth weight, suspected sepsis, and diagnoses of respiratory distress syndrome and hypotension, he was admitted to the Defendant hospital the same day, where he was intubated and placed on a ventilator. A week later, a peripherally inserted central catheter (referred to as a PICC line) was ordered. According to the lawsuit, the Defendant nurse practitioner failed to properly place the PICC line in a vein; rather, it was improperly inserted it into an artery, which should have necessitated immediate removal. Despite clinical and radiographic evidence that it had been was wrongly placed, the PICC line was allowed to remain intact for three days. As a consequence of the Defendants’ negligence and the resulting compromise in blood flow, the child developed emboli that caused gangrene in the left digits, requiring amputation of the left ring, index and thumb, as well as septic arthritis and osteomyelitis causing growth disturbance in his left arm

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