med mal

Woman billed in possible medical malpractice case

by fpw | 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.

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Hospital abuse cases could cost hospital funds

by fpw | 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.