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Florida Appellate Court Finds Caps on Damages Unconstitutional

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A panel of judges of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, Florida, found that limits on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional.  These limits, also referred to as caps, on damages have long been a controversial legal topic in Florida and the rest of the United States.  The Florida Legislature and then-Governor Jeb Bush implemented these caps on damages back in 2003 in response to skyrocketing malpractice insurance costs for doctors.  The caps were also likely implemented as a result of several high-profile cases in the 1990s that altered the national public opinion about non-economic damages...

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Number of deaths related to superbug may be underestimated

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Lax Hospital Standards Make it Nearly Impossible to Put Number on Superbug Deaths In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health announced antibiotic-resistant infections, commonly referred to as superbugs, to be a serious threat to the public health.  The task force representing all three agencies formulated a plan to fight the threat; however, fifteen years later, the superbug problem seems to have gotten worse.  The task force originally recommended creating a national surveillance plan in order to determine the amount of resources needed to effectively fight antibiotic-resistant...

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Superbug Kills Two Patients in North Carolina

[caption id="attachment_1378" align="alignleft" width="300"] Picture by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[/caption]Two Charlotte residents have died from superbug CRE in recent months, and about 15 people with CRE infections have been treated in Carolines HealthCare hospitals. The hospitals are now screening for people with CRE and isolating infected.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that some CRE bacteria have become resistant to most available antibiotics, and the bacteria can kill up to 50 percent of infected patients.  Recent News February 23, 2015: Superbug strikes again, killing two in North Carolina...

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2 Patients Exposed to Superbug Die At UCLA Medical Center

World News Videos | US News VideosTwo patients have died, and more than 160 were exposed to a deadly drug-resistent superbug known as CRE at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical center. The CRE bacteria (carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae) is resistant to all antibiotics. It can be passed from person to person, but healthy people are at lower risk.The exposure took place in a procedure where a scope is used to diagnose pancreaticobiliary disease. Recent News Feb 20, 2015: What You Should Know About ‘Superbug’ CRE Two deaths at the California medical center are linked to the bacteria, known as CRE, or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Five other patients are...

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Unsterilized Intravenous Saline Solution Mistakenly Given Patients

The FDA warned that unsterile intravenous fluids were mistakenly given to over 40 patients, causing one death and multiple hospitalizations. Patients developed fever, headache, tremors, and chills. The Wallcur's simulated IV saline solution was delivered to surgical centers, medical clinics, and urgent care facilities in many states. Wallcur initiated a voluntary recall on Wallcur Practi-0.9‰.If you have been harmed by a defective medical device, Wallcur’s simulated IV saline solution, Practi-0.9% sodium chloride solution, please call Abbott Law Group at 877.292.1500 and get a legal help.ResourcesFDA Drug Safety 1/14/2015 WebMD 1/15/2015 USA Today 1/15/2015...

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Ebola Case – Flaw in Electronic Health Records System

The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States was mistakenly sent home when he came to emergency room. Even though doctors knew that he comes from Liberia and had a fiver, they released him believing he had a low-grade viral infection.The hospital is saying that "there was no flow" in its electronic health records system, but it failed. Let's hope that the mistake at the hospital will not be repeated at other health facilities.Read More...

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Reasons for Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers undergo rigorous training in order to provide the best medical care to patients. However, some medical practitioners choose not to perform up to the highest standards of their profession and may put the life of their patients at risk. This is why it is not unusual to hear about cases of medical malpractice. What Is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice occurs when hospitals, doctors, pharmacists, nurses or other healthcare personnel make decisions that lead to the injury or death of patients by providing medical care below the acceptable standards. In most cases, such malpractice happens due to...

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Tips to Hire a Good Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you have suffered because of the negligence of a health professional or doctor, then you may need the help of a good medical malpractice attorney who can help you recover damages. If you, your family, friends, or relatives have been victimized due to medical malpractice, the help of an attorney may be required to have a shot at successfully suing the doctor, medical professional, or hospital who is responsible for your injury. Benefits of a Good Medical Malpractice Attorney Medical malpractice attorneys can help you to file suit against any medical professional, if you really have been the victim of medical...

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