How Frequently Do Medication Errors Occur in Florida?

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

According to an article in Florida Today, medication errors account for 700,000 emergency room visits, 120,000 hospitalizations and 7,000 deaths annually. The reality is that these medication errors hit the elderly population the hardest, and 36 percent of all adverse drug interactions involve seniors. Florida Today has a few tips for seniors to avoid taking… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Medication Errors

Does Doctor-Patient Privilege Apply to My Malpractice Case?

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

On October 10, a federal appeals court upheld a controversial aspect of Florida’s medical malpractice law regarding ex-parte communications. What Are Ex-Parte Communications? Ex-parte communications refers to any decisions or consultations made by one party without the other party present. Florida’s medical malpractice law currently requires plaintiffs to sign a form before they file a lawsuit,… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Trial

Two Patients Accuse Physician of Sexual Misconduct

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

A Florida doctor is giving up his medical license to avoid criminal prosecution, after two female patients accused him of sexual misconduct during their treatment. Based on reports filed by the South Daytona police, two women accused the 63-year-old physician of groping them during physical examinations. One woman testified that he insisted on a breast… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice

Can Jaundice Lead to Cerebral Palsy?

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

Kernicterus is a severe form of cerebral palsy known to be associated with high bilirubin levels in a baby’s blood. Bilirubin is a pigment produced in the liver that can lead to jaundice, the yellowing of the eyes and skin, if it is not broken down quickly enough. In most cases, jaundice will resolve without… Read more »

Posted in Birth Injury

Why Are Soldiers Unsatisfied with the V.A. Healthcare System?

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

Soldiers returning from overseas are becoming more and more frustrated with the U.S. medical system. This fact is obvious in light of U.S. Army General Eric Shinseki’s resignation from his position as secretary of the Veteran’s Association medical department; stories of veterans’ inability to receive timely treatment or adequate care appear to have forced the… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice

Scheduling Errors Can Become Life Threatening Hospital Mistakes

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

Minor hospital mistakes can end in tragedy for patients. Whether a lab test leads to a misdiagnosis or a prescription error causes an allergic reaction, consequences can be life threatening. In Louisiana, a family has filed a lawsuit against Interim Louisiana State University Hospital, alleging a breach in the standard of care. After being diagnosed… Read more »

Posted in Medical Negligence

How Can Surgery Mistakes Affect Patients?

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

Last week we wrote about ‘never events’, surgery mistakes that injure and kill patients. One type of surgery mistake occurs when surgeons leave objects such as sponges and surgical equipment inside of patients. Estimates by the journal JAMA Surgery suggest that during 1 in 100,000 surgeries, surgeons leave something behind inside of patients. The medical… Read more »

Tags: SurgeryMistakes
Posted in Surgical Errors

Are Older Doctors More Likely To Commit Medical Mistakes?

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently met in Chicago for its annual policy-making meeting, where it discussed whether aging doctors should be given competency tests. Discussion about testing comes at a time when there are more than 240,000 physicians over the age of 65, about one-fourth of all doctors. Unlike other professions, such as piloting… Read more »

Tags: MedicalMistakes
Posted in Medical Negligence

Doctor Who Gave Fake Cancer Treatments Gets 45 Years In Prison

Posted on April 22, 2021 by

A Michigan doctor was recently sentenced to 45 years in prison for falsely diagnosing his patients with cancer, then giving them chemotherapy treatments to defraud Medicaid and private insurance companies. According to the authorities, the doctor had misdiagnosed patients with multiple myeloma, a terminal blood cancer. Over the course of several years, the doctor defrauded… Read more »

Tags: Chemotherapy
Posted in Medical Malpractice

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