Which Florida Nursing Homes Have Coronavirus Cases and Can They Be Sued?

The state of Florida has released the names of 303 nursing homes where their staff or patients have been tested positive for the coronavirus. Governor DeSantis reversed the Florida Department of Health’s policy and ordered the state’s surgeon general to release the names of the facilities who have had coronavirus cases.  At the time of [...]

56,000 Surgical Stapler Malfunctions Went Unreported by FDA

New reports show that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – who is responsible for protecting the public health of all Americans – has acknowledged that it did not disclose information regarding more than 56,000 surgical stapler malfunctions that were reported to the agency from 2011 through 2018. While the FDA has reported some malfunctions [...]

Medication Errors Kill Thousands Yearly, and Elders Are Particularly At Risk – How That Impacts Seniors Living in Florida

Approximately 7,000 to 9,000 people die annually in the United States due to medication errors. On top of that, hundreds of thousands of other patients experience health complications or adverse reactions related to a prescribed medication or improperly prescribed medication. In fact, medication errors are so widespread that they cost the U.S. $40 billion in [...]

Could Cosmetic Surgery Tourism in Florida Lead to Tragedy?

In Miami, news reports of cosmetic surgeon Dr. Arnaldo Valls’ botched Brazilian Butt Lift resulting in the death of a 40-year-old Baton Rouge mother are helping to expose potential medical risks with this popular procedure. Unfortunately, less attention is being paid to the fact that similar tragedies could occur as South Florida continues to rise [...]

Fake Nurse Arrested for Medicaid Fraud in Florida

A woman has been arrested in Florida after an investigation by the Medicaid Fraud branch of the Florida Attorney General's office showed she had falsely claimed to be a nurse. First Coast News reports that Amy Suzanne Pohlman, 48, has been charged with two counts of practicing as a health care professional without a license. [...]

Port St. Lucie Doctor Profited Over False Cancer Diagnoses

A Florida dermatologist has reached an agreement to settle a federal investigation into his alleged intentional medical malpractice and resulting profits from a Medicare scheme. The Palm Beach Post reports that Dr. Gary Marder, who has practices in Port St. Lucie and Okeechobee, has agreed to pay $18 million to reimburse the government for money [...]

Doctor Resigns amidst Charges of Fraud, Medical Malpractice

A notable Florida neurologist has announced his resignation from his practice amidst serious allegations of fraud and medical malpractice. According to NBC News, Dr. Sean Orr announced this morning that he will be taking a "leave of absence" from his practice at the Brain & Spine Center in Panama City. He states that the negative [...]

How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Case in Florida?

Each state has its own set of guidelines, outlining how and when a person can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. In the state of Florida, persons must initiate a lawsuit two years from the date that the incident occurred (or should have been discovered). While this sounds like a lot of time, it really isn't, [...]

What are “Damages” in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?

The term "damages" generally refers to compensation a person pursues as a result of medical malpractice. While every case is different, damages typically include: Medical expenses such as present and future treatments, therapies and medications Disability, loss of earnings when the injured patient is not able to work Chronic pain and suffering caused by the [...]

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