One would expect that assisted-living facilities would abide by only the strictest of standards, as the clientele they serve, the elderly, are often in need of medical help. Unfortunately, such expectations are not always fulfilled and some Florida residents may be shocked to hear that prosecutors have begun an investigation into such facilities in the Miami area. The investigation comes after a local newspaper published a series of reports focusing on the ever growing problem of nursing home abuse and neglect.
The Iraq war has cost the United States billions of dollars, but not all costs are considered when the war budgets get tallied. One cost experienced by many is the emotional cost of the effects of war on our veterans, a cost that is leading many to file medical malpractice suits. Many American soldiers have sacrificed their life for our nation. However, some lost heroes seldom remembered take their own lives upon returning home. Such is the sad story of a soldier's widow, now residing in Florida and seeking compensation over what she believes was the preventable suicide of her husband.
The mother of a girl who may have been the victim of medical malpractice received some good news recently. A Florida appeals court has ruled she may go forward with her lawsuit against Jackson Memorial Hospital. The decision follows a similar ruling by a Florida trial court regarding the possible medical malpractice.
It is no secret that Florida is home to many elderly people, and stories of nursing home neglect are taken seriously here. The sad truth is nursing home abuse takes place nationwide. One of the most shocking examples of nursing home neglect comes out of Tennessee, where even the staff was appalled by the conditions.
Americans generally see Florida as one of the nation's best loved vacation destinations rather than as the cutting-edge locale for experimental medical technology. So perhaps the news of a Florida doctor carrying out stem-cell transplants may come as an atypical shock.
Medical malpractice occurs all too frequently in Florida hospitals, as one of our recent posts documented. There are many reports of people admitted to a hospital for one medical problem, only to die or suffer serious injury at the negligent hands of doctors and staff. When a person dies because someone did not adhere to standard operating procedure or failed to follow a surgeon's directions in preparing a patient for operation, we are all made painfully aware that those same medical malpractice mistakes could someday be our own undoing.
Hospital negligence and medication errors account for a substantial number medical malpractice claims in Florida. Generally, an individual enters the hospital with the expectation of getting well; they never anticipate leaving with a serious injury caused by the oversight of someone responsible for their care.