Author Archives: Jay Butchko
Will I Have To Undergo A Physician’s Exam In A Florida Med Mal Case?
Yes, it is likely that you will need to participate in a medical exam conducted by a doctor if you are pursuing a medical malpractice case. The reason is logical: The defendants, including the negligent physician and insurer, should be allowed to investigate the facts and basis of your claim. The legal basis stems… Read More »
What Are A Patient’s Rights Regarding Medication Administration?
Medication offers advantages over other forms of medical treatment because it is not invasive and does its work inside the human body. However, because pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs are so powerful as a treatment option for some medical conditions, medication errors can lead to tragic consequences. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) estimates that… Read More »
Top Reasons Nursing Home Residents Are Transferred To Hospitals
It is certainly true that the elderly may require higher levels of care due to frailty and medical conditions that come with age. However, you should be concerned when a loved one at a Florida nursing home requires hospitalization. Statistics indicate that between 1 million and 2.2 million residents are transferred from the assisted… Read More »
How Florida Health Care Providers Treat Bedsores
Bedsores are skin lesions that affect areas of the body that do not get sufficient circulation, and they can develop in as little as 3 hours when a person does not shift position. Also called pressure ulcers or decubitus sores, a bedsore starts off red and painful; it can quickly break open the skin… Read More »
What Florida Medical Specialties Commit The Most Diagnosis Errors?
People trust Florida health care providers to deliver quality patient care, so it is shocking to learn that everyone in the US will experience diagnosis errors at some point during their lifetimes. Along with this disturbing detail, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) also reports that misdiagnosis causes up to 80,000 fatalities… Read More »
Liability For Premature Discharge From The ER
When you have to visit the emergency room for treatment of an urgent medical issue, you certainly want to get the care you need quickly so recovery can begin. Florida hospital emergency departments are busy places, and they can easily become overcrowded to the point where there is pressure to get patients moving along… Read More »
4 Florida Laws That Affect Informed Consent Medical Malpractice Cases
Informed consent is a basic principle in the practice of medicine, and it is essentially a process for shared decision-making that incorporates input from both the physician and patient. The point of requiring Florida health care providers to obtain informed consent is that patients deserve autonomy in determining whether to go through with treatment… Read More »
How Cancer Misdiagnosis Affects Staging
With many medical conditions, you either get a positive or negative diagnosis from a Florida health care provider. For cancer, there is much more to the analysis once cancerous cells are discovered. The American Cancer Society describes this assessment as cancer staging, in which physicians determine the location and how much the disease has… Read More »
4 Unexpected Complications From Post-Operative Infection
The Leapfrog Group recently released its report for Fall 2022, highlighting that this is the 10th Anniversary of the watchdog organization’s efforts to provide information about patient safety in hospitals. The Hospital Safety Grade report assesses around 3,000 hospitals across the US and issues a letter grade based upon how successful the facilities are… Read More »
Nursing Home Neglect Is Just As Serious As Intentional Abuse
Nursing home misconduct is intolerable and unacceptable in any context, so you may not consider distinctions between neglect and abuse in Florida assisted living facilities. However, they are important. As described by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), abuse is intentional, physical attacks, such as hitting, slapping, punching, and sexual assault. Neglect involves a… Read More »