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Miami girl loses limbs from medication error, wins $12 million

The vaccine was mean to prevent infections; instead it resulted in loss of limbs. Because of medication error of an expired vaccination, which was administered to a Miami area girl at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, the girl now lives as an amputee.

As population ages, risk of nursing home abuse increases

According to recent data from the United States Census Bureau, there are currently 40 million people over the age of 65 living in the U.S. In addition, the baby boomer generation is now living longer than generations before. The number of people who are living to age 90 and beyond has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Currently, there are 2 million people aged 90 and older in Miami and across the country, and that number is expected to quadruple by 2050.

Miami residents can protect themselves from medication errors

With the many media reports of wrong-site surgeries, hospital infections, medication errors and other medical mistakes, the prospect of seeking medical care can be a frightening one. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to protect yourself or your loved one from a medical error that could cause serious injury or even death.

Most hospital errors are not reported

When we are admitted to a hospital, we want to think that the medical professionals in charge of our care are competent and dedicated to providing the best quality of care. Unfortunately, that is not always the cases. Due to hospital negligence or simple mistakes, harmful errors occur, and they all-too-often lead to injury or even death.

Medical malpractice suit for "pet death" ends in mistrial

For some Florida residents, the family pet is an actual member of the family. In a somewhat unique case, a Bay Area sued a vet clinic for medical malpractice when her beloved dog died while under the clinic's care. The jury deliberated for almost ten hours after hearing the case but came away deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial.The woman was suing for damages for pain and suffering. The medical malpractice case is important in that its final outcome may play a part in how the Florida legal system will view future cases regarding a pet's death. Under Florida law, pets are considered property. That means a pet owner is entitled to fair value of the pet, but not for damages such as pain and suffering.

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