Fort Lauderdale hospital receives highest marks in patient safety

Fort Lauderdale hospital receives highest marks in patient safety A hospital safety score system was recently put in place by experts from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the non-profit hospital safety organization, The Leapfrog Group. These experts formed a panel that rated hospitals throughout the country based on their ability to keep patients safe during their time at a hospital. Twenty …

California woman receives $22 million from malpractice lawsuit

California malpractice lawsuit In 2006, a woman entered the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California in order to seek treatment for her chronic migraines. She had been a patient for several years, and only underwent non-invasive procedures. Doctors decided to perform an angiogram on the woman. The patient was unaware of the risks associated with this procedure, and was also …

Florida gastric bypass patient wins $178 million in lawsuit

Florida gastric bypass patient wins $178 million in lawsuit Last week, a jury in Northeast Florida awarded a gastric bypass patient $168 million in a lawsuit filed against the biggest for-profit hospital operator in the U.S.–HCA Holdings Inc. The plaintiff had surgery at one of HCA’s hospitals, Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, in 2007. The jury determined that the hospital and …

Woman indicted on charges from fatal dog attack

Attack by a dangerous dog Deanna Blitch, 51, was indicted on charges including attack by a dangerous dog and lying to deputies regarding the mauling from a fatal dog attack on June 10 near Hawthorne that killed 74-year-old Roy McSweeney. William Braxton Blitch, 26, son of Deanna, was also indicted on charges of resisting an officer without violence and providing …

New Florida state laws to go into affect over weekend

New Florida state laws Multiple new laws are set to go into affect on Saturday and they cover everything from gun control to abortion. One new law that starts Saturday now allows firearms to be carried into public places such as parks and buildings. Another law that will take place this weekend will make it more difficult for juvenile girls …