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Why Didn’t Florida Fine All Children’s Hospital

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

It’s been well-established in the aftermath of the debacle at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital that the State of Florida could have sent a strong message to health care providers that provide a chronic, substandard quality of care to their patients. Additionally, All Children’s neglected to inform state regulators concerning at least nine cases… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Case that Challenges Feres Doctrine

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

The Supreme Court of the United States has not rejected a case challenging the Feres Doctrine. The Feres Doctrine prevents U.S. service members from suing the federal government for injuries occurring in the line of duty. The question the Supreme Court will be asked to answer is whether or not the Feres Doctrine applies… Read More »

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Florida State Law Prevents Family of Marine from Filing Wrongful Death

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

The week before, we touched on the Feres Doctrine and how it limits active duty soldiers from suing the federal government for injuries incurred in the line of duty even when those injuries occurred as a result of medical malpractice. In addition to facing federal roadblocks to recovering damages for medical malpractice, everyone in… Read More »

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Family of Woman who Died in Childbirth Awarded $24.5 Million

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

Birth-related injuries are a major cause of concern in the United States. American hospitals have posted some of the worst statistics of any first-world countries. In most cases, deaths were recorded in low-income areas of the country. Florida ranked somewhere in the middle of all states surveyed in the USA Today article. In one… Read More »

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Feds Uncover Unresolved Problems at Johns Hopkins All Children’s

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

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital was the target of a multi-part expose conducted by the Tampa Bay Times recently. Having uncovered numerous patient deaths attributed to poor sanitation and medical incompetence, a number of senior officials with the hospital resigned. The federal government also threatened to revoke public funding for the hospital. Amid a… Read More »

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FDA Hiding Reports of Defective Medical Devices from Doctors

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

When Dr. Douglas Kwazneski was helping a fellow surgeon remove an appendix, something went wrong with the medical stapler he was using. The device locked up. Instead of sealing and cauterizing the wound, Kwazneski was unable to get the device to function properly. Later, he looked up the make and model of the device… Read More »

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Federal Investigation Reveals Serious Problems at All Children’s Hospital

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

Federal authorities have rebuked Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital after a report was released illustrating serious problems within the executive hierarchy. Essentially, Johns Hopkins fell prey to an administrative no-no in which all decision-making power was consolidated in the hands of a small group of people. Although hospital staff raised a series of concerns… Read More »

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Fertility Clinic Mishap Fuzzies Edges of Wrongful Death and Property Torts

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

The University Hospital Fertility Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio is facing multiple lawsuits after their refrigeration unit failed destroying thousands of human embryos. According to reports, the temperature in the storage unit began to rise and an internal alarm system never activated. It was later revealed that someone had turned the alarm system off. Now… Read More »

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Wes Smith and Greg Hoag join Florida Supreme Court Justice Alan Lawson at the St. Petersburg Bar Association membership luncheon on April 5, 2019.

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All Children’s Acknowledges 13 Patients Injured by Heart Program

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

After conducting an internal investigation, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital acknowledged that 13 of their patients were injured while being treated at their hospital. Although each of these cases should have been reported immediately to authorities, none of them were reported until news broke about the heart surgery program’s problems. In a candid town… Read More »

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