When Florida residents go to a doctor, they usually expect to have their problem identified and a solution provided. While this happens in the majority of cases, a recent study found that a misdiagnosis occurs in approximately 10 to 15 percent of doctor visits when someone has a new problem. Even if a patient is eventually diagnosed correctly, the delay can lead to a rise in the cost of health care due to unnecessary tests and enabling the patient's condition to worsen by not treating it immediately.
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.
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.
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.
A Florida man lost his life after being injured in a two-vehicle crash on Monday, April 8. The motorcycle accident took place on US 192 in Melbourne.A 51-year-old West Melbourne woman was headed south on Nina Jean Drive in a 1990 Ford Probe. She was trying to cross US 192 when she came into the path of a 2002 Honda motorcycle that was headed east in the highway's outer lane. The man driving the motorcycle took evasive action and attempted to slow down by using the brakes, which sent the bike skidding into the side of the Ford Probe.
Three men were sitting on a bus bench on the morning of Feb. 28 in Hialeah when a red Toyota Camry collided with another vehicle and then careened into the bench. In the aftermath of the fatal accident, a 69-year-old man died after being transported to the hospital, and two other men who were sitting on the bench at the time, a 35-year-old expectant father and a 45-year-old homeless man, were injured. The 35-year-old, who was treated for unspecified injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital and released later in the day, remarked to a local reporter that the red Camry seemed to be speeding when it struck the other vehicle at the intersection of 16th Avenue and West 42nd Street. Police are still investigating the accident, but a detective noted that the intersection contained a stop sign, which indicates that one of the drivers involved, identified as a 22-year-old and a 29-year-old, was negligent. Both drivers are cooperating in the detectives' investigation.
A car collision can happen even when everyone involved is being careful. Bad weather, obstructed views or other events can create a situation in which two or more cars are involved in an accident. But far more common causes of motor vehicle accidents are various forms of negligence, such as distracted driving, drunk driving or otherwise failing to obey traffic directives.
It's no secret that auto collisions can have serious consequences, often leading to expensive repairs, injury and sometimes death. When one of the drivers is at fault because of negligence, he or she may face criminal charges or can be sued in civil court for damages resulting from the crash.
Automobile crashes can change peoples' lives forever. Many people drive safely and defensively, but anyone can end up in an accident caused by a reckless driver. Sometimes weather conditions or defective auto parts are to blame. The cause of an incident under these circumstances may be more difficult to identify than in a car or truck accident obviously caused by a single driver.
A member of the Miami-Dade School Board is asking for an independent investigation into an Oct. 19 car accident that took the life of her daughter. She is also considering filing a lawsuit. Families affected by fatal accidents should know that the law allows them to seek compensation for the loss of a loved one caused by the actions of another driver.