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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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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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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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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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