INTERNAL MEDICINE EXPERT WITNESSES

INTERNAL MEDICINE EXPERT WITNESS CASE STUDIES

Nurse Practitioner Fails To Adequately Attend Tracheostomy Patient INTERNAL MEDICINE Expert Case

This case involves an elderly female patient who had a tracheostomy tube placed following a neck surgery. The patient was transferred to a skilled nursing facility and placed under the care of a nurse practitioner. The nurse practitioner did not inf …

Primary Care Physician Fails To Follow Up On Critical Culture Report INTERNAL MEDICINE Expert Case

This case involves a 23-year-old female patient who was treated at a wound care clinic for several open arm wounds. The bandages were described as foul-smelling and greenish-blue in color, and she had developed clear signs of infection. The clinic obt …

General Surgeon Fails To Diagnose Appendicitis In Symptomatic Patient INTERNAL MEDICINE Expert Case

This case involves a woman who presented to the hospital after experiencing persistent lower abdominal pain. The emergency physician suspected appendicitis and ordered a CT. The report showed thickening of the appendix and accumulation of fluid in the  …

Lipitor Prescription Allegedly Negligent INTERNAL MEDICINE Expert Case

Lipitor Prescription Allegedly Negligent

The rapidly declining health of a male patient’s liver instigated a lawsuit against his physician for incorrectly prescribing the drug Lipitor. Also known as Atorvastatin, Lipitor was advertised to the patient as a statin-class drug with lipid-lowering p …

Depakote Manufacturer Sued over User’s Psychotic Episode INTERNAL MEDICINE Expert Case

Depakote Manufacturer Sued over User’s Psychotic Episode

After experiencing a deadly psychotic episode, a patient prescribed both Haldol and Depakote by his psychiatrist filed a malpractice suit. Though he had never previously exhibited any mental health issues, his past history of psychotic episodes caused his  …

Internal Medicine Expert Discusses Delayed Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis INTERNAL MEDICINE Expert Case

This case involves a 60-year-old female patient in Illinois who had a history of pancreatic cancer that had gone into remission some time before the incident in question. The patient presented to her general practice physician with complaints of generalize …

Internal Medicine Expert Opines on Severe Allergic Reaction to Sulfa Drug INTERNAL MEDICINE Expert Case

This case involves a severe reaction to a sulfa-based antibiotic which was prescribed for a urinary tract infection. The patient was a middle-aged male who had a well-documented allergy to sulfa drugs. He developed a urinary tract infection and was prescri …

Fatal Appendicitis Could Have Been Detected Earlier: Pediatric Surgery Expert INTERNAL MEDICINE Expert Case

This case involves a 4-month-old girl who presented to the ER with multiple symptoms, including a visibly distended abdomen. An ultrasound was performed, however it was noted that the testing did not visualize the appendix. Because of this, and the young  …