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Judge's negativity results in new trial

An appeals court has granted a woman a new trial in her civil case because the lower court judge jotted down a negative note about her during the trial. The higher court determined that his musings indicated bias against her during the medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor who allegedly damaged her ureter during surgery, which required her to need an external urine bag for three months. The ruling meant that she will have the right to a new jury trial and a new judge in the medical malpractice case.

Patient prepped for organ donation not quite dead

People in Florida might be interested to hear about the case of a woman who opened her eyes just as doctors were beginning to remove her organs. The woman was believed to be dead, and doctors were preparing to remove her organs and donate them to patients who were on the organ transplant waiting list. The near organ-removal of the patient who was still alive occurred at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, New York in 2009.

Medical mistakes could be reduced by family intervention

Many Florida family members believe that they should do their best to stay out of the way at hospitals and during the medical treatment of their loved ones. However, evidence may show that family members actually need to get as involved as possible in the medical care of their loved ones to prevent potential medical errors. One woman recalls that as her husband was receiving medical treatment, the staff members misplaced or forgot two orders of blood that her husband required in a case of medical negligence.

Times to avoid surgery

Florida residents contemplating surgery might be interested to hear that there are certain times when the risk of surgical errors might be greater. While modern experts do not exactly advise when to have surgeries based upon lunar cycles, some do say that timing might make a difference.

Misdiagnoses and Malpractice Data

Failure to diagnose a condition correctly is more common than operating on the wrong side of the body. In 2009, 583 cases were misdiagnosed and resulted in death or serious injuries. The problem is severe and was recently discussed at an international conference. Studies have shown that misdiagnoses stem from negligence and a flawed way of thinking, not because the illness is exotic or rare.

Florida man receives compensation for malpractice

A Florida jury believed that a 2008 anesthesia error left a young Florida father in a permanent vegetative state, and in May 2013, the jury awarded the man $23.57 million for past and anticipated medical expenses and $5 million for pain and suffering. Each of the man's young children was also awarded $5 million.

Medical malpractice lawsuit in full swing after wrongful death

Florida residents, particularly those with heart conditions, may be interested in an ongoing malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of a Minnesota man against his physicians for his death in 2006. The family is seeking $10,000 for expenses and $50,000 compensation for the deceased man's next of kin. The man was initially brought into the emergency room with hives and low blood pressure. His prior medical history involved taking medication for an accelerated heart rate and high blood pressure. The man was released after testing, but he returned that night and was unable to be resuscitated. The man subsequently died from underlying coronary disease. The family is suing the hospital for medical negligence

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on medical malpractice award case

The negligence of a medical professional can sometimes lead to pain and suffering as well as unexpected medical costs. Medical malpractice awards are normally given as a form of compensation that seeks to offset past, present and future costs associated with the incident. How much of the award Medicaid beneficiaries can keep is now under discussion as part of a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Florida doctor accused of performing bad liposuctions

The public expects doctors to meet the minimum standard of care that applies to their area of practice. When a doctor fails to meet that standard due to negligence, injured patients may be able to sue for medical malpractice.

Supreme Court to consider medical malpractice reimbursement law

A medical malpractice suit that will be heard by the United States Supreme Court may set a landmark precedent for how states are reimbursed for Medicaid expenses. Florida is one of several states that could be dramatically affected by the court's ruling next year on how states claim a percentage of medical malpractice settlement funds that victims and their families are awarded.

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