Patient Mix-Up Results in $75,000 Jury Award

Patient Mix-Up Results in $75,000 Jury AwardA Michigan woman who was twice summoned to the hospital for emergency medical treatment due to a patient mix-up and underwent an unnecessary biopsy has been awarded $75,000 by a jury.

Jacqueline Tabbert claimed she was summoned by defendant Dr. Laurie Barkway to come to the hospital for medical treatment after Barkway read medical records for a patient identified as Tabbert, which showed that this patient had an abdominal aortic aneurysm, according to the Adrian Daily Telegram. She was scheduled for surgery until a CT scan showed she did not have this condition, according to the suit.

Later, Barkway allegedly summoned Tabbert to the hospital again when she saw a scan that showed a patient labeled as Tabbert had fibroids and uterus swelling. On this occasion, an unnecessary biopsy was performed before it was again discovered that the records Barkway had seen were not Tabbert's, the medical malpractice lawsuit says.

Tabbert had already settled for an undisclosed amount with several other defendants named in the suit, leaving Barkway as the only defendant in the jury trial, which concluded with a $75,000 award for the plaintiff.

According to a 1999 study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), as many as 98,000 patients die due to medical error annually.