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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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Feds Say Hospital Covered Up Anesthesia Error

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

Vanderbilt University Hospital is being accused of covering up a lethal medication error. According to reports, a woman, who was otherwise recovering from a surgery was supposed to be administered a mild sedative. Instead, she was allegedly given the highly potent anesthesia medication vecuronium which caused the woman to lose consciousness and suffer a… Read More »

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Transparency is Part of the Solution When it Comes to Healthcare

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

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is known throughout the United States for delivering the highest quality of care to its patients. But between 2015 and 2017, the mortality rate at All Children’s Hospital nearly tripled accounting for more deaths than any other pediatric heart program in the State of Florida according to reports. During… Read More »

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State Considering Changes Amid All Children’s Scandal

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

The state is considering an initiative that would force hospitals that operate pediatric heart surgery programs release mortality statistics to the public. Ostensibly, this would force these programs to operate in full transparency. This is a result of the backlash surrounding the All Children’s Hospital scandal that saw unprecedented rates of fatal surgical outcomes… Read More »

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Team Masterson Proudly Participated in PanCAN’s Purple Stride run/walk

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

Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. is a proud supporter of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). On February 16, 2019, ‘Team Masterson’ was the largest team to participate in PanCAN’s Purple Stride run/walk and raised nearly $10,000 for this noble cause. Our firm sincerely thanks those judges and lawyers who helped to make this… Read More »

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Regulatory Bodies Failed to Catch and Punish Problems at All Children’s Hospital

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

Based on reputation alone, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is among the most esteemed medical centers in the country. But for one brief period between 2015 and 2017, there are reports that the pediatric heart surgery program had major red flags. The mortality rate of children who were provided medical services by the department… Read More »

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