March 6th, 2012|
March 6, 2012
A 38-year-old nurse from Lufkin, Texas, could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges against her in connection with the deaths and injuries of nearly a dozen of her patients. According to reports from WFAA News, the woman is facing murder and attempted murder charges after five of her patients died and another five were injured when she injected them with bleach.
Law enforcement and the state health inspector’s office became suspicious of the nurse after paramedics reported excessive calls to the DaVita Dialysis Clinic for patients suffering from cardiac and breathing complications. Investigators say two patients later came forward saying they saw the nurse inject two other patients with a bleach concoction.
The nurse claims that she is a scapegoat for larger problems in the facility.
Harvard researchers conducted a study years ago that found 1% of patients treated in hospitals in 1984 were injured, and one quarter of those died, because of medical negligence. Nationwide, that translates into 234,000 injuries and 80,000 deaths in 1988 from negligence in American hospitals. The Institute of Medicine claims that between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die each year because of preventable medical errors.
The Dallas Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot and Wansbrough would like to remind patients to never hesitate to question or seek a second opinion if you feel the care you are receiving from a medical professional is not up to par.
February 21st, 2012|
February 21, 2012
A new study, conducted by the University of Washington in Seattle and published in this month’s issue of the Archives of Surgery, has found that a disproportionate number of surgeons suffer from drinking problems. An article released by MSN-Health states that the survey reported 15% of surgeons said they suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence.
This means that 14% of male and 26% of female surgeons suffer from some level of alcoholism.
The study examined 7,197 results from an anonymous online poll. Of these, 1,112 subjects’ answers were consistent with those of someone with alcohol abuse problems.
Results also showed that a surgeon who is burned out, depressed, or who had made a medical mistake in the past three months was more likely to have an alcohol related problem.
The figures are three to seven percent higher than the public average for alcohol abuse or dependence.
Doctors who reviewed the results of the study cited that a lower than average response rate of 29%, versus the accepted rate of 60%, could be at fault for skewing the numbers; however, experts also say that the low response rate could mean the problem is larger than imagined.
The Dallas Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough know that surgeons are not required to undergo any kind of drug testing prior to employment and that requiring them to do so could reduce the risk of medical mistakes happening in Texas.
February 7th, 2012|
February 7, 2012
A Dallas hospital under heavy scrutiny over patient safety is refusing to release a report on changes that will be made to improve patient care at the facility. According to reports from the Dallas Morning News, Parkland Memorial Hospital executives said this morning that they will not release the report because of concerns over litigation and other legal ramifications.
Last month, the hospital was forced to undergo an overhaul in their patient safety policies and procedures after the US Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services threatened to cut funding due to dozens of cases being discovered where patients were being put in “immediate jeopardy” by hospital staff and doctors.
Parkland Hospital’s chairwoman, Dr. Lauren McDonald, said that she fears the policy changes could be used against them in several pending medical malpractice cases against the hospital.
The one particular lawsuit silently being singled out involved a psychiatric patient who died in the facility last year after being pinned down and injected with a cocktail of sedatives and anti-psychotics. Federal reports found that the man’s rights and hospital standards and policies of care were repeatedly violated.
The Dallas medical malpractice lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough say it is best to seek legal help if you feel you have been the victim a hospital’s negligence. The firm’s experienced team of attorneys is available 24/7 to answer your questions about your case.
October 23rd, 2008|
October 23, 2008
A woman is complaining of receiving a bill for a hospital emergency room visit, which she waited 19 hours but never saw a doctor, causing a possible medical malpractice suit.
The woman received a bill for $162 though she never received treatment at the hospital.
Officials at the hospital say that the woman received the bill because nurses spent time checking her vital signs and determining her level of need for care, but the woman maintains that she left the facility because she had waited so long.
Earlier a man complaining of stomach pains, who also waited 19 hours in the same emergency room, later experienced cardiac arrest and died. This situation could also lead to a possible medical malpractice suit.
The hospital says it needs more beds to accommodate the needs of patients in the emergency room.
Texas medical malpractice suits could occur if Texas emergency rooms become overcrowded.
August 26th, 2008|
August 26, 2008
Hospital abuse by staff and a doctor at a mental hospital could cause the hospital to stop receiving funds after a 50-year-old man was left unattended for 22 hours at a mental hospital.
According to the federal investigation, the man choked on his medication and was left unattended for nearly a day with staff members nearby playing cards, in the medical malpractice case.
In another medical malpractice case in the same facility, a doctor punched a teen after the teen bit him.
The hospital and the medical malpractice cases are under investigation by federal authorities to determine what disciplinary action should be taken and to determine a better plan to ensure proper care of patients.
Texas medical malpractice could cause Texas health facilities to lose funding.