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Blog Posts in June, 2014

  • Gainesville veterans hospital highest in wrongful death payments

    We've discussed here previously the problems that have plagued the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities here in Florida and across the country. Now comes a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting that the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville paid more in wrongful death settlements in the decade following the 9/11 attacks than any other VA hospital in the state. ...
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  • Florida medical malpractice settlement leads to bankruptcy filing

    Medical malpractice suits can be damaging the reputations (many would say deservedly so) of medical professionals, private practices and healthcare facilities. In addition, such suits can have a serious impact on these entities' finances and ability to do business. Sometimes it can even drive them to bankruptcy. That was the case recently with a South Florida medical practice. A man settled a ...
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  • Horrible VA Care May Have Killed More Than 1,000 Veterans

    A new report has revealed that more than 1,000 veterans may have died due to malpractice or lack of care from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The office of Sen. Tom Coburn, who backed the study, found that the department has a history of fraudulent scheduling practices, budget mismanagement and insufficient oversight and lack of accountability. Over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may ...
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  • Auto Makers Recall Vehicles With Potentially Defective Airbags

    Honda, Nissan and Mazda announced Monday that they are recalling nearly three million vehicles equipped with potentially faulty airbags from Japanese parts supplier, Takata Corp. Honda Motor Corp., announced it was recalling 2 million cars, while Nissan Motor Corp said it was recalling 755,000 vehicles and Mazda Motor Corp followed suit and recalled 160,000 cars. This recall comes weeks after ...
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  • U.S. Supreme Court decision victory for Florida plaintiffs

    Florida plaintiffs who are suing cigarette manufacturers got some good news this month from the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court rejected the companies' appeal of the Florida Supreme Court's latest decision to allow individual Floridians to pursue cases based on a previous class-action suit decision. This means that those suing the tobacco industry for causing emphysema, cancer and other medical ...
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  • Key fob is defective product behind new General Motors recall

    As General Motors is still dealing with the fallout over the faulty ignition switches in a number of its smaller models, now comes news of another product defect in GM cars that sounds very familiar the ignition switch problem. Some 2.6 million GM cars were recalled earlier this year due to that issue. This time, the problem is in 2010 through 2014 Chevrolet Cameros. General Motors has announced a ...
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  • Emergency room pharmacists may minimize medical malpractice cases

    Medication and dosage errors are among the harmful and sometimes deadly mistakes that lead to medical malpractice suits in Florida and throughout the country. Now, an emergency department in one medical facility is taking steps to minimize medication errors and potentially dangerous drug interactions. These errors alone contribute to over 7,000 fatalities annually in this country At Children's ...
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  • Florida doctor faces discipline for overmedicating dying man

    A Hillsborough County physician faces fines and other disciplinary action by the Florida Board of Medicine for her alleged role in a friend's death. The doctor was accused of providing the man with medication that sped up his death. The doctor told the board at a recent meeting in Tampa that the dying patient refused to leave his home to go a hospice. She says she agreed to spend the night at his ...
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  • Why are Floridians, others still buying General Motors cars?

    Recalls of millions of General Motors vehicles have been all over the news recently. Lawsuits by drivers against the auto giant could reach upwards of $10 billion. Further, GM could be facing financial penalties and criminal charges from the U.S. Department of Justice. How is all of this affecting GM's sales? The answer may surprise you. Sales data for April of this year and preliminary numbers ...
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  • Florida Supreme Courts looks at retroactivity of malpractice caps

    Several months ago we talked about the Florida Supreme Court ruling that a portion of the controversial 2003 law that placed caps on medical malpractice damages was unconstitutional. In March the high court ruled that the cap on wrongful death non-economic damages, such as those for pain and suffering, violated the state constitution's equal protection clause. Now the court is will be hearing ...
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