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Medical Errors that Kill in the Hospital

You can experience life-changing experience when it comes to errors with medical prescriptions. The fact is you can make a compensation claim if you have suffered due to medication errors. The law office of Fetterman & Associates will offer you legal advocacy in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and the surrounding areas if you want to know how to receive compensation for your care and injuries. Most people put a lot of faith in medical professionals to appropriately determine

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Are You at Risk: The Growing Concern of Pharmacy Errors

From nausea and headaches to the possibility of death, medication errors are serious and can cause harm and injuries in many ways. Unfortunately, the occurrence of pharmacy related errors and mistakes are only growing. In letters that have been sent to various state regulatory boards, there are some pharmacists at large chains like Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS that have described chaotic and understaffed workplaces where it has become difficult to do their job safely without putting the public at

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Understanding the Most Common Daycare Injuries and What Rights You Have as a Parent

If you are like many parents, you may find it difficult to leave your child at daycare. However, you do this, believing that your child will be well-cared for and that the daycare has taken the necessary safety precautions to ensure that no harm comes to them. Unfortunately, accidents and injuries at daycare can and do happen. In some cases, the accidents cause debilitating injuries, which can affect the entire family. Keep reading to find out what options you have

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West Palm Beach Surgeon Accidentally Removes Healthy Kidney

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. When doctors and healthcare professionals act negligently, they can cause serious and life-threatening harm to their patients. While not every medical error is considered medical malpractice, the vast majority are. In the State of Florida alone, over 5,000 deaths occur each year due to medical malpractice. Wrong Surgery Results in Missing Kidney On April 29, 2016, Maureen Pacheco was undergoing back surgery

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Palm Beach Hospital Sued for Medical Malpractice

A Palm Beach hospital is being sued for medical malpractice related to the preventable death of a 25-year-old man.  Josh Dziedic passed away at Palms West Hospital on August 22, 2016 after what should have been a routine IV removal, which resulted in a venous air embolism.  The lawsuit alleges a veteran nurse at the hospital failed to take appropriate precautions when removing a central venous catheter, including properly positioning the patient’s body and instructing him in proper breathing techniques. Dziedic was

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Common Burn Accidents

According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 patients receive treatment in emergency rooms and hospitals for burns year after year in the United States. This does not include the burn injuries that are treated in hospitals, private clinics, and medical offices, or government-run community health centers. According to reports, out of these 450,000 burn injuries, about 3,400 result in deaths each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), burn accidents involving fires are the third

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3 Ways a Patient Can Avoid Medical Malpractice

Patients can help avoid malpractice by becoming their own advocates and learning everything they can about their specific medical conditions, researching all prescribed medications and other treatments, and investigating doctors before deciding on which one is the best fit for them. Understand that medical malpractice is not your fault. A health care professional’s negligence, whether by act or omission, is his own responsibility. However, it’s still important to be your own advocate by educating yourself about your medical condition, fully

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Top 10 Things You Want to Know About Medical Malpractice Cases

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is currently the third leading cause of death in the United States, with cancer and heart disease taking up the first two. As a patient, you can do things to avoid becoming part of this increasing statistic. And, if the unfortunate event does occur to you or a loved one, you still have options for compensation.10 Things You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice: 1. What is medical malpractice?

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Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Attorney?

A medical professional has one job: to make you feel better. While you trust your medical care provider, there are times things can go wrong. For example, look at the Joan Rivers case: a routine procedure led to her death. Reckless care provided by a physician can result in a medical malpractice case. But, not all physician errors are something you can sue over; therefore, it is best to speak to medical malpractice attorney. When is the right time to

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3 Shockingly Common Types of Medical Malpractice

You go to your doctor or the hospital because you are sick or injured, and you put your trust into the care of medical professionals. While to err is human, there are instances where medical mistakes can lead to serious injury or worse, death. According to NPR, medical malpractice errors are now the third-leading cause of deaths in the United States, making it even more important that consumers are aware of these errors. Misdiagnosis Medicine is a diagnostic process, and

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Caps on Medical Malpractice Damages Eliminated in Florida

The state of Florida passed a cap on medical malpractice damages years ago due to the efforts of lobbyists appointed by doctors and insurance companies. While this is certainly beneficial for these groups, particularly in the case of truly unjust medical malpractice claims, it shortchanges victims and the families of victims who have valid medical malpractice claims. These caps particularly pertain to non-economic damages—characteristics of an injury that can not be easily quantified in dollars, such as enjoyment of life,

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How The Affordable Care Act Affects Medical Malpractice in the Future

How will The Affordable Care Act affect medical malpractice in the future?  This is an important question because medical malpractice is a huge issue in the United States. The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act essentially excluded medical malpractice from its legislation. First of all, what is The Act? It accomplishes several key goals: ● Pair all uninsured citizens with health insurance ● Eliminate the denial of insurance for specific individuals ● Prevent providers from charging more for pre-existing conditions

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Sometimes the Term Medical Malpractice Doesn’t Sound Strong Enough

Example of Medical Malpractice and Negligence Every year thousands of people are injured by the negligence of the very people who are supposed to be healing them. Some are hurt more than others. Some are hurt more than could ever be thought possible. Once in a while a routine procedure goes so horribly wrong its jaw dropping. Johnny Lee Banks’ claim certainly belongs in that category. Circumcision Gone Wrong According to the suit, Mr. Banks visited the hospital for the

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Lawsuits Commence Against Painkiller Manufacturers

The Counties of Orange and Santa Barbara California have filed lawsuits against major pharmaceutical companies. The civil suits, brought on behalf of the entire state of California, allege that prescription drug makers are guilty of fraudulent advertising that contributes to the state’s, as well as the nation’s, problem with prescription drug addiction. According to the Miami Herald, the complaints base their cause for damages on false advertising, public nuisance, and unfair competition. The five defendant corporations are as follows: Johnson

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Cleanliness, Infection, Statute of Limitations & Hospital Medical Malpractice

News channel WWLTV reported recently on a Children’s Hospital admittance to a mistake that cost five young patients their lives.  The hospital confirmed that the patients contracted a fatal fungus from bed linens at the facility.  In other words, these wrongful deaths could have been prevented. The fungal infection, called mucormycosis, killed the five children five years ago.  Each child was already fighting serious diseases before being infected.  The outbreak stretched over a one-year period between 2008 and 2009.  Since

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Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Medical Malpractice Damage Cap

Florida’s highest court recently declared unconstitutional a state law that limited the amount of money plaintiffs could collect for the loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice. The decision, made by a 5 to 2 majority, ruled that the law was an unlawful breach of the Florida Constitution’s equal protection guarantee. As discussed by Reuters, the decision revolved around a challenged law that had capped medical malpractice claims at one million dollars. The tort cap was passed by

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Pharmacy Errors Year in Review

Perhaps the biggest story of 2013 in the area of pharmacy errors revolved around the fungal meningitis outbreak linked to compounding errors in tainted steroids from the New England Compounding Center that caused hundreds of illnesses and dozens of deaths around the country. In response, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy came down on six compounding pharmacies in four states. Meanwhile, the FDA and state pharmacy boards also stepped up inspections and found an abundance of safety violations at

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Federal Judge Rules Florida Medical Malpractice Consent Rule Runs Afoul of HIPAA

Earlier this year the Florida legislature made several changes to the state’s medical malpractice law. One provision, found in Florida Statutes 766-1065, required the injured patient in a medical malpractice suit to allow the attorneys for the defendant doctor and his or her insurance company to discuss matters related to the case with any of the patient’s other health care providers, without the patient or his or her attorney being present. Fortunately, this invasive law was recently struck down in

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Change in California Medical Malpractice Damages Caps Would Exceed Florida

If a petition currently being circulated in the Golden State is eventually successful, California medical malpractice damage caps may soon be adjusted for inflation, something that has never been done since the caps were first enacted in 1975. The move would surpass Florida’s caps, leaving the Sunshine State trapped in the past with a cap on compensation for victims of medical negligence that is worth less and less every year. If the consumer group Consumer Watchdog California can gather enough

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Should AEG be held liable for Michael Jackson’s death?

Music legend Michael Jackson died on June 25th, 2009 from a heart attack attributed to a combination of drugs prescribed by his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Jackson at the time was in the rehearsal stage for an upcoming comeback tour sponsored by entertainment giant AEG. Dr. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and sentenced to four years in prison. In a trial that began April 29th, 2013, Jackson’s mother and three children are suing AEG for

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