Jury awards $400K to woman in hospital lawsuit

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A jury awarded a woman nearly $400,000 Thursday evening after it found Hanover Hospital failed to follow its standards in treating her.
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Katrina

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Apr 25, 2009
 
If what is printed here is correct, it seems that she deserved the awarded money.
ballpienhammer

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Apr 25, 2009
 
In a coma?! She ddserves way more than a measly $400grand!
Whatever hapened to well trained RN's instead of CNAs?
Her lawyer let her down if that's all she got...then again, he/she got the other half...
about time

Plainfield, NJ

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Apr 25, 2009
 
I am glad hanover hospital finally has to pay for one of there screw ups.I have heard so many bad things about that hospital. My father had a bad experience with that place. I will never go to that hospital.
Good for her

Cherry Hill, NJ

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Apr 25, 2009
 
yeah, they almost killed my husband about 4 years ago. they said it was anaphylactic shock from an antibiotic through IV but the nurse never pulled the stop cock on the drug.so it never entered his vein. Then the nurse said my husband was having a panic attack even though his face swelled up and he stopped breathing then at that point she decided to call a doctor, i hate that hospital and all the lawyers we called said they could do nothing because he didn't die . Hanover Hospital sucks!! We then decided to go to Hershey because he needed surgery, those Doctors and nursing staff there are phenomenal !! No one in family will have surgery done there again
Hanover

Harrisburg, PA

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Apr 25, 2009
 
I can tell you this same stuff happens at other hospitals. I think there was an article in the paper a few months ago about a 1 million dollar settlement with York Hospital.

“yes, I am a girl”

Since: Sep 08

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Apr 25, 2009
 
I would not trust Hanover Hospital. I have heard nothing but bad things about that place.
Seeker

Carlisle, PA

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Apr 25, 2009
 
Small town attitude - huge egos in the entire medical staff in Hanover! I've been to several major hospitals where staff are much busier so you might expect not to receive expert care and attention. It was just the opposite - their attitude toward patients is incredibly caring and attentive ... a lesson from which Hanover Hospital staff could learn. I have had numerous bad experiences at Hanover Hospital The final straw was when they almost killed my daughter with an overdoes of pain medication. She was non-responsive for several minutes and was finally revived with narcan. Not only was there a lack of care, the nonchalant attitude from the doctor and the nursing staff was intolerable ... except for the nurse that gave her the IV medication, who completely fell apart and kept saying "oh my god I killed her." Our lawyer said we couldn't sue because she didn't die and didn't have long term affects from it. Just another thing wrong with the health care system.
so sad

Middletown, PA

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Apr 25, 2009
 
Katrina wrote:
If what is printed here is correct, it seems that she deserved the awarded money.
Yes, what is printed is correct. The same thing happened to my mom. But, our case went to court and we lost. My mom had a perforated bowel and Hanover Hospital did nothing about it. Sent her home and she looked like she was 9 months pregnant. Couldn't even wear her own clothes. Went home in a hospital gown. A week later, my mom was within a few hours of death. The bowel was leaking in to her blood stream. So..... it was very tramatic. I just wish my mom would have gotten some kind of settlemtent. She so deserved one too. My family went through hell and back all because of a doctors screw up and Hanover Hospitals. So sad.
Michelle

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Apr 26, 2009
 
My husband had cervical spinal surgery done at York Hospital. The surgical team left a locking pin in his neck - we noted immediately that he had increased problems swallowing. His throat would go into spasm, whereby any food in his throat couldn't be swallowed for about a minute. Once we had a normal follow up xray done, the pin was noted. When the doctor saw it, he went white as a sheet.

We tried to sue, but could not find a doctor to agree this was malpractice. Because the problem was corrected, no one would sign off on it.

We were told by the attorney that in this area, medical malpractice cases are rarely successful because of the attitude noted in the article.
Hometown Girl

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Apr 26, 2009
 
Unfortunately, situations do happen. I know for a fact that if it is your family member it is very stressful. But, my family is not sue happy and we prefer to deal on happy memories. My mother had care at Hanover, Gettysburg, York and Hershey Medical Center. The care she received at each facility was always commendable under the situation.
Personally, I think this small town should be happy to have the facility they do. As always, if you aren't happy you can move on or even try a different country if you like. Have a great day:)
Hanover

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Apr 26, 2009
 
ballpienhammer wrote:
In a coma?! She ddserves way more than a measly $400grand!
Whatever hapened to well trained RN's instead of CNAs?
Her lawyer let her down if that's all she got...then again, he/she got the other half...
Didn't you read the article? It's rare to get that kind of $ for a medmal. They are extremely difficult to prove. You need to find experts to review the records and testify at depositions and at court....So go ahead and bash the lawyer - who probably got less than 1/3 of the award and only after shelling out TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS and god only knows how many hours of work beforehand. Her lawyer took the risk that all that money and effort will go right down the drain if the jury makes a bad decision. Would you be willing to work for free for a couple of years and put out your own money on the CHANCE that a jury will hand down a decent award that will allow you to get reimbursed and maybe even paid?
Hospitals and doctors can spend as much money as they need to defend a lawsuit --- a regular person can't pay $300 an hour to a lawyer, plus expenses...."No fee unless you win." Ever heard of that? Many, many times the award is small and lawyers will cut their fee so that the client can actually get something out of the case. For every big jury award, there are tons of smaller cases that don't really pay the lawyer anything when you add up all the time he spent.
The only way most people can sue for malpractice is because LAWYERS are willing to take the risk for them. They put up their own money and time to pursue it. And in the end, if the lawyer gets a portion of the fee, it's still a cheaper to the client than paying by the hour. But I guess you think a lawyer should work for free, just like so many other people who want "something for nothing."
Katrina

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Apr 27, 2009
 
so sad wrote:
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Yes, what is printed is correct. The same thing happened to my mom. But, our case went to court and we lost. My mom had a perforated bowel and Hanover Hospital did nothing about it. Sent her home and she looked like she was 9 months pregnant. Couldn't even wear her own clothes. Went home in a hospital gown. A week later, my mom was within a few hours of death. The bowel was leaking in to her blood stream. So..... it was very tramatic. I just wish my mom would have gotten some kind of settlemtent. She so deserved one too. My family went through hell and back all because of a doctors screw up and Hanover Hospitals. So sad.
What a sad and I'm sure very painful thing for your mom to endure, and then to not get one cent to try to make up for it!!! My husband had knee replacement at Hanover Hospital. Great doctor. Nursing care left something to be desired. Most were very unfriendly and some were very unknowledgable. All seemed to feel stressed out and overworked, getting anything you requested was very SLOW. We both say thank goodness I was there to care for him all day long. I wish things could improve at Hanover Hospital.
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Apr 27, 2009
 
I think it all depends on the doctors and situation. Best thing anyone can do is become informed about your rights

"We then decided to go to Hershey because he needed surgery, those Doctors and nursing staff there are phenomenal !!"

I will NEVER EVER go to Hershey becasue of my experiences there. In my opinion they total suck and have no reguard for the well being of there patients they are only concerned about getting there money and getting you out! And I have two friends who had the same experience.

So i think it is all about the doctors and nurses you get!
Grow up chick

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Apr 27, 2009
 
Hometown Girl wrote:
Unfortunately, situations do happen. I know for a fact that if it is your family member it is very stressful. But, my family is not sue happy and we prefer to deal on happy memories. My mother had care at Hanover, Gettysburg, York and Hershey Medical Center. The care she received at each facility was always commendable under the situation.
Personally, I think this small town should be happy to have the facility they do. As always, if you aren't happy you can move on or even try a different country if you like. Have a great day:)
Why should anyone "move" if they are not happy with the medical treatment they recieve? When you put your life in someone elses hands and they are not professional and have lack of compassion and they screw up why does the blame of not being happy with the treatment fall on the patient? Our lives are in the hands of people who claim they are educated and when they " mess up " it is up to us to move if we are not happy? Hopefully their "mess up " don't include moving to a grave. Keep your "moving" attitude in the front of your mind when a local hospital screws up on you or your loved one, so that way it will save you from b_tching.
am in pa

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Apr 27, 2009
 
Nothing good to say about this hospital either. What surprises me is how many "incidents" have to occur until someone steps up and says they need to investigate these doctors and nurses? I've had friends with stones left in their leg after a motorcycle accident (almost lost his leg when they entered the marrow), glass left in a family members head after an accident and I had some pretty sorry maternity care there. I was scolded with hot water because "oh, what was I thinking, I'm so sorry" - well a little late now, huh?? I hope some nurses are reading this and care enough to take some intiative to improve thier skills.
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Apr 27, 2009
 
Hometown Girl wrote:
Personally, I think this small town should be happy to have the facility they do. As always, if you aren't happy you can move on or even try a different country if you like. Have a great day:)
So, you're saying we have NO RIGHT to complain about anything? Don't like the hospital? MOVE! Have a complaint about your school system? MOVE! Think the roads are poorly maintained? MOVE???? This is one of the great things about living in our country...you have every right to complain and work to make things better! High expectations yield better services. How can the staff at any hospital (school, municipality) improve if we don't let them know their weaknesses? Your premise that one should "just move" is ridiculous!
Hometown Girl

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Apr 27, 2009
 
My mother passed away. A comment to you is not worth the energy
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Apr 28, 2009
 
To Hometown Girl: you are dealing with grief which is too bad. What is the relevance to the ludicrous comment you made? I have heard of too many mistakes happening at Hanover Hospital. I have been fortunate so far while using their services except for the irrational long wait in the E.D.--I know; that is common with most hospitals.
Had an x-ray tech tell me two weeks ago "sorry about that" when he dropped the facial panel equipment unto my hands resting on my lap. I was fortunate not to have broken bones. Sustained a black/blue lump which is now a tender spot. I always think of the adage that professionals must consider if the "shoes" were on their feet but many do not have the conscience to be the least concerned.
Hate that hospital

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#19
Apr 28, 2009
 
I've never had them mess up anything as severe as that lady, but every time I've gone there, they have screwed SOMETHING up. I've lost all faith in them and their unprofessional staff.
Needless to say, I opt for a different hospital with my care.

That poor woman...
Grow up chick

Harrisburg, PA

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Apr 28, 2009
 
Hometown Girl wrote:
My mother passed away. A comment to you is not worth the energy
You posted a comment to us, so people responded. If you didn't want that then you should not have posted, it's that simple

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