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Pressure Ulcer Legal Cases

Frank Fernandez
Often, pressure ulcers—also known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers—are mentioned as though they are a normal part of aging or of the experience of living in a long-term nursing facility. In truth, pressure ulcers are often serious injuries that can result in a potentially fatal infection. They’re also often a sign of nursing home neglect. If your loved one has experienced new or worsening bedsores since entering a nursing home, an experienced nursing home negligence...
Bedsores Medical Malpractice

Can I Sue for Bedsores?

Frank Fernandez
Whether you or a loved one suffers bedsores while staying in a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility, or suffers bedsores because of poor care in a hospital, you may find yourself looking for compensation. Do you have the right to sue for bedsores? The short answer is yes: Bedsores primarily result from poor patient care or medical negligence. Usually, the question is “who bears liability to you.” What Are Bedsores? Bedsores, also known...
Bedsores Medical Malpractice

How Much Is a Bedsore Lawsuit Worth?

Frank Fernandez
According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida has more than 190,000 beds available at hospitals, nurse homes and assisted living facilities. While these beds are not 100 percent filled, a significant portion of our most vulnerable population relies on medical care in these facilities. While Florida skilled nursing facilities rank among the best in the country, neglect remains a problem. Bedsores pose a problem in nearly every situation that involves a person confined...
Medical Malpractice

At Any Given Moment, Approximately What Proportion Of U.S. Hospital Patients Has A Pressure Ulcer?

Frank Fernandez
How Common Are They and How Do They Start? Pressure ulcers, also known as pressure sores, are one of the most common side effects of long-term care around the world, affecting about 8.4 percent of hospital patients specifically. In the United States, around 2.5 million people get pressure ulcers every year.  According to that math, at any given time,  one in every 13 long-term care patients is suffering from a pressure ulcer. They rarely form...
Medical Malpractice

ST. PETERSBURG, FL– Runner Dead After Collapse During Marathon

Frank Fernandez
St. Petersburg, FL (March 24, 2020) – On March 1, 2020, runner Justin Doyle collapsed on the Skyway bridge during a 10K marathon. Bystanders rushed to help Doyle and called out to two emergency vehicles within sight. However, the 48-year-old runner failed to receive the medical attention that he needed due to confusion between the emergency crews. According to St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Lt. Steven Lawrence, both crews through the other had already sent...
Medical Malpractice

All Kinds of Medical Mistakes

Frank Fernandez
What kills more Americans than heart disease and cancer? The answer may surprise you: medical errors by doctors, nurses, and other hospital workers. Medical Errors Kill Between 250,000 and 400,000 Americans died because of medical mistakes in only one year, according to a study published by Johns Hopkins University. Those numbers make medical mistakes the third leading cause of death in the US. Doctors’ most common mistake is misdiagnosing a patient’s illness. Twelve million people...
Medical Malpractice

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Mark Hickey
Medical malpractice cases encompass a wide range of behavior by a medical professional resulting in serious injury or death. While most doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers make few mistakes, medical errors can have devastating consequences when they do occur. In order to prove medical malpractice, an injured party must establish that the medical professional negligently deviated from the prevailing standard of care in their care or treatment of their patient. Failure to Diagnosis, Incorrect...
Medical Malpractice

Proving a Diagnostic Error

Mark Hickey
Patients seek medical care from their physicians in order to have a problem treated and hopefully cured. When a patient receives a misdiagnosis, negative impacts can snowball. In fact, diagnostic error is becoming the most prevalent medical malpractice issue in the United States. What Is a Diagnostic Error? Diagnostic error is the misdiagnosis or the delay of an accurate diagnosis. Failure to diagnose puts the patient at risk for developing complications for inadequate and inaccurate...
Medical Malpractice

Emergency Room Medical Malpractice

Mark Hickey
When emergency medical care is needed, patients rely on the skill and attention of the emergency department of the hospital. Medical problems can be made worse if medical malpractice occurs. Though first responders, such as paramedics, ambulance crews, EMTs, and firefighters, are generally exempt from medical malpractice liability, the emergency room staff is not similarly protected. In fact, emergency room staff operates under the same protection as the other medical staff in the hospital. What...
Medical Malpractice

The 5 Most Common Reasons for Malpractice Cases

Mark Hickey
Becoming the victim of your doctor’s negligence is painful and devastating, both physically and financially. Unfortunately, serious errors are not uncommon. Each year, upward of 20,000 patients file lawsuits against their doctors. At any given moment, one in 14 American doctors faces a medical malpractice lawsuit from a patient. Malpractice lawsuits generally stem from one of a handful of reasons. A recent studyof cases from around the world by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School and...