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Assembly Line Medicine Blamed for Baseball Players Botched Surgery

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

Assembly-line medicine is the name of a controversial new technique of performing multiple surgeries at the same time. One skilled surgeon will perform the most complex part of a surgical procedure and allow residents and other hospital staff to stitch the patient up and complete the surgery. While medical experts claim that the practice… Read More »

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Family Rejects Doctor’s Psychiatric Diagnosis, Turns Out to be Right

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When the mother and father of Justina Pelletier brought their child into Boston Children’s Hospital, they were told their daughter had severe psychiatric issues. The parents rejected that claim, and that is when the hospital reportedly became aggressive. They accused the Pelletiers of medical child abuse (Munchausen Syndrome by proxy) and were successful in… Read More »

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Pharmacy Chains Blamed as Medication Errors Rise

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Pharmacists are filing complaints with state pharmacy boards in droves as medication errors at some of America’s largest chains are on the rise. Many claim that staffing cutbacks and unreasonable corporate expectations for volume are causing them to perform their job in a manner which puts the public at risk. Michael Jackson, the chief… Read More »

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Celebrity Doctor Bogged Down in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

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Dr. Younan Nowzaradan, the doctor who appeared on My 600 Pound Life was a favorite of fans of the show because of his willingness to extend a helping hand to those in need, his acerbic nature, and his less-than-pleasant bedside manner. The show, which follows the lives of real people who are struggling with… Read More »

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Indian Health Service Hired Multiple Doctors With Sanctions and MedMal Lawsuits

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The Indian Health Service, which is responsible for providing medical care on federally recognized reservations, allegedly hired numerous physicians with multiple medical malpractice complaints and/or regulatory sanctions for medical mistakes, according to the Wall Street Journal. This resulted in at least 66 deaths of patients in IHS care and 163 medical malpractice lawsuits totaling… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death Leads to $1.25 Verdict

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

The jury returned a verdict of $1.25 million to the estate of a woman who suffered a fatal brain hemorrhage almost a decade ago. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s estate by the executor, her husband. In March of 2010, Catherine Corsale sought the help of Dr. James DeMatteis regarding persistent… Read More »

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Is Health Insurance Compromising the Practice of Medicine?

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

One doctor seems to think so. Dr. William E. Bennett, Jr. is an associate professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Bennett just published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post airing his concerns over how insurance companies have influenced the overall practice of medicine. To put it bluntly, Dr…. Read More »

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Ten Shocking Medical Malpractice Statistics

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

One hotly debated statistic is that medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. While some debate the veracity of that figure (based on what constitutes medical malpractice and what constitutes an adverse medical event) others have argued that the figure may actually be larger than advertised. According to a… Read More »

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Video: Terminally ill Green Beret fights against medical malpractice in military

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

Click here for video clip   Sgt. 1st Class Rich Stayskal is in the fight of his life with stage 4 lung cancer after a military doctor failed to see a mass during his physical. NBC’s Vicky Nguyen sat down with the 38-year-old to learn about his mission to change laws regarding medical malpractice… Read More »

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Wait Times in Emergency Rooms Excessively Long

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Four- to five-hour waits are now common in ERs all across the country. Patients pile up in emergency rooms and those who need to be admitted can wait as long as four to five hours before they find a bed. That’s a good day, says one doctor. On a bad day, wait times can… Read More »

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