How Misdiagnosis Can Have Dire Consequences for Children

Posted on February 23, 2015 by

Misdiagnosis has become a common occurrence in the health industry, and it is an inexcusable tragedy when it happens to our children. According to estimates by the National Center For Policy Analysis, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of all cases are misdiagnosed, and 28 percent of those cases were life-threatening or resulted in permanent disability…. Read more »

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Are Doctors Taking Extra Caution to Avoid Misdiagnosis Deaths?

Posted on February 09, 2015 by

Researchers from Northwestern University in Chicago have analyzed the responses of over 1,000 neurosurgeons to a survey on defensive medicine. Defensive medicine is the practice of ordering imaging and laboratory tests to avoid potential malpractice lawsuits. Doctors order extra medications and procedures to make sure they do not miss anything that may lead to a… Read more »

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Which Florida Hospitals Are the Safest?

Posted on November 12, 2014 by

The Leapfrog Group, a business-backed information group focused on patient safety, released a new analysis for Florida hospitals. Their report rated almost half of them an A on error prevention. Brandon Regional Medical Center is Leapfrog’s most-improved hospital, jumping from a D to an A in just six months. The suburban Tampa facility is part… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Misdiagnosis, Surgical Errors

How Much Do Readmissions Cost Hospitals?

Posted on November 10, 2014 by

Based on the new standards outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals all over Florida will pay millions in fines for high readmission rates. In 2013, almost two million Medicare patients were readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of their initial treatment, costing roughly $26 billion. Healthcare officials believe that they could save Medicare… Read more »

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Gainesville VA Hospital Pays Millions in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Posted on November 05, 2014 by

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Gainesville paid and settled more wrongful death cases than almost any other medical center in Florida. The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville paid more than $5 million in wrongful death settlements in the decade following September 11. The Lake City medical center, operating in the same health system,… Read more »

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Florida Couple Wins Birth Injury Lawsuit

Posted on October 31, 2014 by

A Florida couple sued their doctor and ultrasound technician for failing to tell them their son was disabled before he was born. The young couple was diligent about prenatal care and following doctor’s orders, so they were excited to welcome the new addition to their family. Tragically, the child was born catastrophically disabled, with no… Read more »

Posted in Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Trial, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis

Spinal Injury Center Sues Competitor Over Malpractice Claims

Posted on October 27, 2014 by

A Florida spine-injury center is suing a rival institute, accusing the doctors there of attracting patients by making false claims. The Laser Spine Institute is one of the busiest spinal injury centers in America, treating about 5,000 patients a year nationwide. The Bonati Institute, a rival spine-injury facility, filed a lawsuit accusing Laser Spine of… Read more »

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Does Privatized Prison Healthcare Lead to Malpractice?

Posted on October 13, 2014 by

When Florida privatized prison healthcare, the move was supposed to save taxpayers millions. Unfortunately, the budget cuts came with substandard care, and for many inmates, their prison term became a death sentence. Doctors are alarmed, saying that prisons are abruptly swapping out prescription pain medication for over-the-counter substitutes. One inmate’s undiagnosed lung cancer was treated… Read more »

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Misdiagnosis

Supreme Court Rules Against Florida Doctor

Posted on October 10, 2014 by

A Florida Supreme Court judge has overturned a lower court ruling regarding doctor liability in medical malpractice cases. In 2003, a Florida man made an appointment with his doctor complaining of back pain. Dr. Willis Dickens diagnosed the patient with lumbar stenosis. The man then consulted a surgeon, Dr. Guillermo Pasarin, who operated on his… Read more »

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