MEDICAL MALPRACTICE


 
          Ashey v. New England Rehabilitation Hospital
          Cumberland County Maine Superior Court
          Portland, Maine

 

     Plaintiff Ashey sought damages from the Defendant

institution for psychological injuries suffered as a result of a

fall in an allegedly malfunctioning elevator.  In deposition,

expert testimony by Dr. Charles Robinson addressed the issue

of differentiating trauma caused by the alleged negligence from

the trauma inherent in the Plaintiff's longstanding quadriplegia.  The psychological meaning to the

Plaintiff of the injury occurring in a hospital where he sought

treatment was an important factor in bringing about a favorable

pretrial settlement. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              James Mitchell, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 622-6339

 


 
                                      In re:  Mr. S
          State of Maine Medical Review Panel
          Biddeford, Maine

 

     Suit was brought by the Estate of Mr. S who suicided by

carbon monoxide and an overdose of medication prescribed by

the Defendant psychiatrist employed by the Defendant

institution.  The late Mr. S had been seen by the psychiatrist

hours before his suicide.  All medical malpractice cases in the

State of Maine must first be reviewed by the Medical Review

Panel composed of three members.  Unanimous votes in either

direction must be reported to the jury.  Defendant's insurance

carrier retained expert witness Dr. Charles Robinson who

provided testimony to the Panel in regard to suicide and the

standards of care for persons at risk for suicide.  The Medical

Panel unanimously voted in favor of the Defendant psychiatrist

and Defendant institution and no further action were taken. 

 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

 

                              Christopher Nyhan, Esq.

                              Portland, Maine

                              (207) 775-5831

 


 
          In re:  Mr. H
          State of Maine Medical Review Panel
          Biddeford, Maine

 

     Mr. H received an injection of the anesthetic Marcaine in the

course of a routine medical procedure.  He experienced a

vasovagal response.  All medical malpractice cases in the State

of Maine must first be reviewed by the Medical Review Panel

composed of three members.  Unanimous votes in either

direction must be reported to the jury.  Defendant's insurance

carrier retained expert witness Dr. Charles Robinson who

provided testimony to the Panel.  The Plaintiff alleged post

traumatic stress disorder with long-term consequences

secondary to the injection.  Defendant's expert Dr. Charles

Robinson challenged the likelihood of this outcome based on his

review of the medical history.  The Panel voted unanimously in

favor of the Defendant physician and Defendant institution.  No

further action was taken.

 

                              Defendant's Attorney:

 

                              Christopher Nyhan, Esq.

                              Portland, Maine

                              (207) 775-5831

 


 
          Couture v. Mid-Maine Medical Center, et al.
          Kennebec County Superior Court
          Augusta, Maine

 

     Suit was brought by the survivors of Mr. Couture who died

of Mesothelioma, always a fatal malady.  This condition had been

misdiagnosed as Tuberculosis which is treatable.  The Plaintiffs

retained Dr. Charles Robinson to conduct a psychological

autopsy with an emphasis on how Mr. Couture would have utilized

the last remaining months of his life had he known his condition

was fatal.  The autopsy involved multiple interviews with the

family, friends, and co-workers of the late Mr. Couture.  A pre

trial settlement satisfactory to the Plaintiff was obtained. 

 

                              Plaintiff's Attorney:

 

                              Jed Davis, Esq.

                              Augusta, Maine

                              (207) 622-6339

 


 
         
 

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