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Mr. Bentley is recognized by Thompson Reuter's Super Lawyers  for his representation of patients and families in medical malpractice cases.  This distinction is a result of independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Mr. Bentley was retained in his first medical malpractice case in November of 1982 when a 17 year-old college student died after being discharged from an Emergency Room with a basilar skull fracture. This case was settled in 1984 for a confidential amount. As part of the settlement the defendants were required to file an amended answer admitting negligence. In 1987 Mr. Bentley was retained by the mother of a six year-old girl who had all four limbs amputated due to delayed diagnosis of meningococcemia. That case was settled in 1990. The media reported that it was the largest payment for a medical malpractice case in North Carolina history at that time.

Mr. Bentley started his present practice in 1991, and he has been continuously sought after by patients and their families for representation. He is also frequently contacted by attorneys throughout the U.S. to consult on cases involving areas of medicine that he has gained experience in over 41 years of trial practice.

Mr. Bentley has represented persons injured by medical negligence since 1982. Many of his cases have received state and national news coverage. They have focused on numerous aspects of medicine. Representative examples of the cases he has successfully handled include:

  • Discharge from an emergency room without diagnosing a basilar skull fracture, resulting in death of a 17 year-old college freshman.
  • Failure to timely treat a 12 year-old child with a ruptured popliteal artery, resulting in amputation of the lower leg.
  • Operating on the wrong knee of a 16 year-old following a bicycle accident.
  • Administering a blood transfusion of the wrong blood type following surgery, resulting in death of a patient.
  • Negligent overdose of a patient with chemotherapy resulting in death due to inadequate drug labeling.
  • Negligent overdose of a patient with chemotherapy resulting from erroneous order of a physician causing severe injuries.
  • Failure of a radiologist to communicate to the referring physician the presence of a mass on chest x-ray, resulting in a 6-month delay of surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat gestational diabetes, resulting in death of a newborn.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat an incompetent cervix resulting in loss of a viable fetus.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat respiratory distress resulting in death of a 20 year-old.
  • Failure to perform timely surgery on tracheostomy dependent patient, resulting in death of a 37 year-old.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat MRSA infection of knee and septic shock, resulting in permanent injury of the knee of a 12 year-old.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat a patient with overwhelming post-splenectomy infection (OPSI) resulting in amputation of portions of both feet.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat dehydration and intestinal problems in an infant, resulting in death.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat meningitis and meningococcemia in a 6 year-old, resulting in quadruple amputations caused by disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).
  • Failure to diagnose and treat meningitis in a baby resulting in severe neurological injuries including brain injury.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat Stage I breast cancer when suspicious mass was revealed by mammography, resulting in death.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat sepsis and septic shock following hernia surgery resulting in death.
  • Negligently cutting through the S-1 nerve root during surgery to remove a benign mass, resulting in severe, permanent injuries, including foot-drop and permanent pain and numbness.
  • Failure to timely diagnose and treat endophthalmitis (post-cataract surgery infection) resulting in loss of vision in the affected eye.
  • Negligently leaving a large operating room towel inside patient's abdomen during surgery, resulting in wound dehiscence, permanent incisional hernia and other permanent injuries.
  • Negligent placement of IV line causing extravasation of IV fluids into patient's tissues, resulting in severe injuries, including scarring and disfigurement and need for multiple surgeries.
  • Negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat vitamin B12 deficiency resulting in permanent neurological injuries.
  • Leaving bed pan underneath a patient for 24 hours, resulting in full thickness bilateral decubitus injuries to buttocks, multiple surgeries and permanent disfigurement.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat an impending myocardial infarction (MI) resulting in death.
  • Failure to diagnose and provide prophylactic treatment to a patient with signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism, resulting in death.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat breast cancer when clinical symptoms indicated further diagnostic studies were necessary, resulting in death.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat testicular torsion, resulting in loss of testicle and emotional distress.
  • Failure of hospital personnel to find a tick that was embedded in a patient's abdomen, resulting in death caused by delay in diagnosis of the tick-borne disease ehrlichiosis.
  • Failure of hospital to implement fall prevention protocol, resulting in patient's fall, fractured hip, sepsis, and death.
  • Premature extubation and fentanyl overdose by a CRNA and a PACU nurse, resulting in negative pressure pulmonary edema and death of a nineteen-year-old.
  • Negligent forced injection of a hydrogen peroxide solution into a facial puncture wound caused by a dog bite of a two-year-old, resulting in extravasation and cellulitis requiring emergent hospitalization, surgery, and intensive care.
  • Failure to medically clear a sixteen-year-old high school football player, who had suffered a concussion, before allowing him to return to play two days later, resulting in Second Impact Syndrome and death.

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