Medication errors kill at least one American per day and are responsible for injuring approximately 1.3 million–that’s million–people each year in this country. I see this in my law practice regularly. Here’s how medication errors happen: 1. The pharmacy dispenses the wrong drug or the wrong dosage. (this often happens due to many drugs having similar-sounding … Read moreMedication Errors Kill–Don’t Be a Victim
Q: What is a pressure sore? A: Pressure sore, bedsore or decubitus ulcer is tissue damage and tissue death caused by pressure on an area, usually by lying in one position without any turning and re-positioning. Q: What causes the skin to break down and die? A: There are four physical factors–pressure, friction, shearing and … Read moreQuestions and Answers About Pressure Sores
Treasure Coast Hospitals You’d think that out of four hospitals (counting Martin Memorial and Tradition as one) in the Treasure Coast area, at least one would score better than average on studies by Consumer Reports, Medicare and the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration. No. In fact, they rate in the bottom 20 percent among America’s … Read moreTreasure Coast Hospitals Leave a Lot to Be Desired
Last week, at a town hall meeting, U.S. Representative Raul Labrador from Iowa, stated: “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.” Rep. Labrador, if you really believe this, I invite you to sit in my office for a few days and listen to the stories of loved ones who have died because they … Read moreBrainless Quote of the Week (Year?)
The Scales of Justice–How Fast Does My Case Get to Trial? I usually tell clients from the beginning of a case to trial takes about 2 years. That’s because of court backlogs and judges who are quick to grant defense continuances. We move things as fast as possible, but many times, it’s out of our … Read moreHow Fast Does My Case Get to Trial?
Good Docs and Bad Docs It was the best of care, it was the worst of care. Two articles in the news today highlighted the good that doctors can do–and the worst they can do. First, in Rochester, Minnesota, doctors at the Mayo Clinic performed a face transplant on a young man who had shot … Read moreGood Docs and Bad Docs in the News
Should You Agree to a Nursing Home Arbitration? Never. Nursing homes put (sneak?) arbitration clauses into their admissions packet for your signature. Do not—do not–agree to that. If the nursing home harms your loved one, the arbitration clause deprives you of a jury trial and prevents you from having your day in court. The admission … Read moreWhen Should You Agree to a Nursing Home Arbitration Clause?
A loved one is going into a skilled nursing facility The admissions director forces the family to sign an agreement that they can’t sue the nursing home for mistreatment or negligence–that the only remedy if the nursing home injuries or kills their loved one is arbitration, not court. In arbitration, the case is decided by … Read moreNursing Home Arbitration Clauses May Be Outlawed
There is a cultural attitude among doctors to do or say anything to support their colleagues South Dakota doctor just wrote a “confession” for his local paper apologizing for lying on behalf of a physician colleague in a malpractice case. He said there is a cultural attitude among doctors to do or say anything to … Read moreMedical Malpractice and Lying Physician Experts