Buelna v. State of Arizona, University of Arizona, Tsau, M.D., University Physicians, et al.

Forty-nine year old woman presents to the emergency room at Northwest Medical Center on a Wednesday with chest pain. She is diagnosed with severe coronary artery occlusions and triple vessel disease, requiring immediate quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery. Surgery was not performed until five days later. Following a series of mistakes by various doctors and nurses, including an undiagnosed post-surgical bleed, the woman was rushed for a second emergent surgery. During the surgery, the woman’s heart stopped for a substantial period of time causing brain death and, 20 days later, her untimely death.

Case settled prior to trial with all parties with a covenant not to disclose the terms of the settlements.

Lowe v. Levine, M.D.

Minor child’s alleged family practitioner was negligent during the delivery of their son when she failed to properly and timely resuscitate him at birth. The child was without oxygen for over four minutes after delivery, causing brain damage. (The case against the hospital was settled before the trial).

Farinksky v. Bernstein M.D., Gettle, M.D., and Carondelet Health Network

Neurosurgeon Ronald Bernstein, M.D., performed a right occipital craniotomy to remove a tumor (acoustic neuroma). With little brain surgery experience, the surgeon removed portions of healthy brain tissue (mostly cerebellar) instead of removing the tumor. The patient was left in a state of quadriplegia and died two months later.

Settlements were obtained with all three defendants, with covenants not to disclose the terms of the settlement agreements.