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What Role Did Johns Hopkins Have in the Demise of All Children’s?

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

The shockwave caused by the reports concerning the quality of care at All Children’s Hospital has yet to fully dissipate. Yet it remains clear that the reported failures both inside and outside the hospital contributed to an unprecedented death toll among the patients of the pediatric heart ward. So far, we’ve discussed some of… Read More »

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Emergency Room Bills are Unaffordable

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

Many wonder why the cost of health care is so much higher in the U.S. than it is in other countries. There are a couple of major differences between medical care and other purchases. First, when you walk into a store, you know exactly how much everything should cost. Either it’s labeled or there’s… Read More »

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Safety Errors a Problem for Johns Hopkins Affiliates

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

Johns Hopkins is renowned across the world as one of the leaders in the medical field. Within their own hospitals, however, these reports clearly show a trend where they have let safety standards slip and the result has been a number of preventable errors. This is an astonishing revelation considering Johns Hopkins’ reputation for… Read More »

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Fallout From All Children’s Scandal Claims Three More Executives

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

Since the Tampa Bay Times has run an exposé on the scandal at All Children’s Hospital that claimed the lives of some pediatric heart patients, several executives under whose watch those lives were lost have resigned. To date, local health officials have cited the hospital for failing to disclose adverse medical events arising from… Read More »

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West Palm Beach Surgeon Fined $3,000 For Reportedly Removing Healthy Kidney

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

A doctor who reportedly misidentified a healthy kidney as a tumor and removed it has been fined $3,000 by the State of Florida Board of Medicine.  Dr. Ramon Vasquez apparently did not recognize that the woman had a condition known as a “floating kidney”. The kidney was perfectly healthy, but had never ascended into… Read More »

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Kentucky Supreme Court Rejects Medical Malpractice Approval Panel

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

There has an effort in our country to limit the number of medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors. This is not only true in Florida, which had damage caps in place for years, but it is also true of other states. In Florida, this is, in part, achieved by requiring the plaintiff provide an expert… Read More »

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Midwife Malpractice Lawsuits

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

Most people understand what happens when a doctor or nursing staff cause an avoidable injury to one of their patients. But what happens when a midwife is involved? It’s true that birth injuries are among the most common kinds of medical malpractice lawsuits, but with more women opting to have their children with the… Read More »

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Can Surrendering Your License to Practice Medicine Save Your Medical Career?

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

Sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? Nonetheless, it is not an uncommon occurrence for doctors who want to continue to practice medicine. By the time they are brought before the medical board, there are some doctors who have been instructed by their attorneys to offer, as an option, the surrendering of their medical license… Read More »

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Do You Waive Your Right to Privacy When Filing a Medical Malpractice Suit?

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

In 2013, a Republican-controlled Florida legislature passed a law that allowed ex parte communications between those defending doctors in medical malpractice lawsuits and their current health care providers. Those opposed to the law claimed that it unnecessarily breached patient privacy. Essentially, the law imposed the necessity on any plaintiff who brought a medical malpractice… Read More »

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State of Florida Seldom Punishes Doctors for Malpractice

By Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. |

While doctors have medical malpractice lawsuits filed against them when medical negligence causes an injury to their patient, there are also state and institutional sanctions that can be levied against doctors who make egregious or continual mistakes. A report released by the South Florida Sun Sentinel reviewed over 24,000 cases of medical malpractice with… Read More »

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