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MedError

“Check Your Medical Records for Dangerous Errors”

By Jeff Brown |

On November 21, ABC News ran an important story on checking your medical records for dangerous errors that could result in serious injuries or death. Older adults in particular have cause to be especially careful about what, exactly, is in their records. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology,… Read More »

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MedMal5

USA Today Investigation Reveals Horrifying Practice of Dangerous Doctors Starting Over In New States with Clean Records

By Jeff Brown |

A recent USA Today investigation involving doctors illegally selling patients meds, botching surgeries, being implicated in patients’ deaths, and sexually assaulting patients has the country taking a new look at medical malpractice and our “broken” medical license system. According to the investigation, the existing medical license system has hundreds of potentially dangerous doctors with… Read More »

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Legal_MedMal

Widower Appeals Ban On Military Injury & Wrongful Death Lawsuits to U.S. Supreme Court

By Jeff Brown |

Losing a loved one due to negligence, medical malpractice and/or medical errors is difficult enough without also having to deal with those responsible for your loss blocking you from obtaining any kind of information whatsoever as to what happened to your loved one. And yet, that is what one man—a Navy Lieutenant—who lost his… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Judge Declares Cap on Noneconomic Damages in Medical Malpractice Unconstitutional

By Jeff Brown |

Recently, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jose M. Rodriguez ruled that Florida law limiting noneconomic damages to $350,000 was unconstitutional, finally ending a cap on noneconomic damages that has harmed thousands of medical malpractice victims in Florida each year. Specifically, Judge Rodriguez labeled Florida’s cap on noneconomic damages, which apply when a plaintiff succeeds at trial… Read More »

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MedMal2

Last Vestiges of Florida’s Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages Fall

By Jeff Brown |

A new documentary film on Netflix—The Bleeding Edge—highlights what a significant cause of injury and death medical interventions and medical harm have become in America, in spite of how technologically advanced the country is. In fact, medical errors have become such a huge issue that any state that imposes medical malpractice caps on damage… Read More »

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Legal_MedMal

Federal Jury Awards HIV Patient $18.4 Million after Doctors Failed To Do Proper Testing

By Jeff Brown |

On June 18th, a federal jury awarded more than $18 million in damages to a man who allegedly developed AIDS because his former physicians failed to test him for HIV; despite the fact that he displayed higher risk factors for and was, in fact, carrying the virus. Although the plaintiff/patient was gay and had… Read More »

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MedError

Florida Woman Suffers From Broken Epidural Needle in Spine for 14 Years

By Jeff Brown |

The day that a family welcomes a new baby into the household is usually a joyous one, unless the doctors delivering the baby make a grave mistake. Unfortunately, that’s allegedly what happened to one Florida woman, who had an epidural needle left in her spine. As a result, for more than 14 years, she… Read More »

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MedLaws

The Fentanyl Patch: What You Should Know

By Jeff Brown |

One man’s very painful journey into being incorrectly prescribed the fentanyl patch after a surgeon’s serious mistake, and then suffering from additional medical malpractice, is one that we can all learn from. After mistakes made during a rectal repair procedure caused permanent nerve damage in his feet, a pain specialist introduced him to the… Read More »

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VA_MedMal

USA Today Uncovers Deadly Medical Malpractice Strain Linked To VA

By Jeff Brown |

In early December, a powerful USA Today investigation uncovering a disturbing history of numerous medical malpractice claims and settlements involving patients left maimed, paralyzed or dead all over the country—and doctors then hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—broke, leading to a bipartisan group of senators recently requesting a nationwide probe. Many of… Read More »

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MedLaws

November Sees Important Medical Malpractice Decisions Issued

By Jeff Brown |

During the month of November, two particularly important medical malpractice decisions were made, with one of them taking place here in the Florida Supreme Court. Both will have effects on future malpractice and injury claims, as discussed below in more detail. Florida Supreme Court Makes Landmark Decision Preserving Privacy Rights in Litigation On November… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Lifts Cap on Payouts for Victims of Medical Malpractice

By Jeff Brown |

On June 8th, the Florida Supreme Court held that a 2003 state law that restricted pain and suffering-related damages in personal injury medical malpractice claims violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Florida Constitution, impacting plaintiffs who suffer severe personal injuries (and/or wrongful death) as a result of harm done by medical professionals. In… Read More »

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PLSurgery

Another Death during Cosmetic Surgery Procedure Puts Spotlight on Florida Surgeon

By Jeff Brown |

Florida can be a popular destination for those seeking to have plastic surgery done, especially if they require surgeons who specialize in particular procedures, such as particular types of lifts. However, people seeking to have cosmetic surgery done need to be careful and ensure that they do their homework in selecting the right surgeon… Read More »

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MedicalLawsuit

Misdiagnoses: The Secret Killer

By Jeff Brown |

When people think of medical malpractice, they often think of doctors operating on the wrong limb, or accidentally leaving medical tools in their patients post-surgery. However, a significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits stem from misdiagnoses of a condition or illness, where a patient doesn’t end up getting the treatment that they need, often… Read More »

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MedMal5

The Future for Medical Malpractice Claims

By Jeff Brown |

For many Americans, the right to hold a doctor or other medical professional accountable for any mistakes that cause harm is a fundamental right to justice. When private parties to limit that right, there is typically uproar and reactive forces which seek to restore those rights once again. However, what might surprise many is… Read More »

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MedLaws

Jury Awards $2.85 Million in Broward County Medical Malpractice Case

By Jeff Brown |

On February 6th, a jury found a Broward County doctor liable for $2.4 million in damages for failing to properly treat a 72-year-old retired police officer—Jerry Pettigrossi—who was suffering from an autoimmune disorder and ended up dying as the result of the medical care he received. Allegedly, Pettigrossi was placed on the regular medical… Read More »

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Malpractice

Florida Supreme Court Questions Whether State Medical Malpractice Law Violates Patient Privacy

By Jeff Brown |

On December 8th, the Florida Supreme Court reviewed a case that could have repercussions for victims of medical malpractice who choose to bring malpractice lawsuits here in Florida. The case centers around a 2013 state medical malpractice law that allows what are known as “ex parte communications,” or communications between attorneys and doctors who… Read More »

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Medication Errors can Lead to Injuries

By Jeff Brown |

Every time a medical professional writes a prescription or distributes medicine, they should always take appropriate care in order to avoid serious complications and conditions in the patient. If they fail to use necessary care and a patient suffers injury, the patient can hold them liable by filing a medical malpractice claim. Pharmacies fill… Read More »

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