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Summerlin Hospital Notifies Surgery Patients to Possible Hospital-Acquired Infections


At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen our Clark County attorneys have successfully provided winning outcomes for medical malpractice clients in Las Vegas, and are currently protecting the rights of potential victims who were Summerlin Hospital patients and underwent surgical treatment for prostate cancer using the da Vinci robotic surgery system.

Summerlin Hospital is notifying patients by mail that they may have been infected or exposed to infection during operative procedures due to improper disinfection of surgical instruments.

Other hospitals may be following suit, ensuring that all patients who underwent a prostate surgery procedure using the da Vinci robotic surgery machine know that they may also be at risk of exposure to infection.

The Devastating Reality of Medical Malpractice in Las Vegas, Nevada

Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease, with a study by Johns Hopkin University listing over 250,000 deaths occurring each year in the United States. That fact recently surfaced close to home. A jury awarded a family nearly $43 million in damages last month when the staff and Centennial Hills Hospital in Las VegasNevada were deemed to have breached standards of care and wrongfully administered a drug that killed a 29-year old wife and mother in 2013.

The husband and daughter of the deceased was ordered to receive $10.5 million in compensatory damages and $32.4 million in punitive damages from the Valley Health System hospital after it was determined that the facility and its staff administered a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug in excess of the manufacturer’s recommended dose to the plaintiff’s wife, LaQuinta Whitley Murray.

During her treatment, the victim was not transferred to a floor with higher-level care and necessary lab work was not completed, because of a staffing shortage at the hospital. She died four days after she was admitted.

The negligence involved in these cases is why we practice law. Our Las Vegas medical malpractice attorneys believe that when someone is seeking care from a medical professional, s/he should not be subjected to infections, or worse, wrongful death, as a result. Holding medical providers accountable for their recklessness is our only recourse in delivering solutions for the injured, and we stand by our commitment to producing legal and financial results on their behalves.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from medical malpractice in Las Vegas, or have been contacted by Summerlin Hospital directly after undergoing prostate surgery at their facility, contact our Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen today at (702) 505-8115 for a free consultation regarding your legal rights. Certain time limits apply, so act now to protect your possible rights to compensation.

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