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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2014 – Although bed rails are designed to keep frail nursing home residents in their beds, they may instead end up killing them. “Nursing homes and other elder care facilities have many residents that benefit from a bed rail to help them get in and out of bed, or keep them safe if they are sleeping and restless. It most instances, bed rails provide an extra bit of mobility. However if they are not used correctly, not installed properly, or are defective and a patient is severely harmed or dies, the home […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 16, 2014 – Medical negligence does not just happen in hospitals. It can happen in nursing homes, with dire consequences. “Medical negligence, malpractice or hospital errors are caused by a number of things,” explains Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. “In fact, the failure to provide needed care is typically the root cause of adverse events in nursing homes.” These incidents may also be classified as abuse. Just recently, the government issued a report, “Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries,” that indicates there are five common […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 9, 2014 – Two years before the woman in this case was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, doctors failed to accurately deal with a malignant lump in her breast. “I am not involved in this case, but it caught my attention, as I deal with numerous hospital error lawsuits during the course of my practice. The woman in this instance first presented with a lump in her breast that was not accurately diagnosed in 2008. By 2010, she had progressed to Stage 3 cancer, which could kill her. She filed a medical malpractice […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2014 – Emergency medical care can be a minefield for misdiagnosis and hospital errors. “Emergency medical care is often sought in crisis situations. People arriving in the E.R. for care are often swiftly assessed and sorted out according to their symptoms. While triage is effective in most instances, it can also result in medical negligence. You can’t diagnose a heart attack in seven minutes,” points out Michael Smith, an Arkansas hospital error lawyer. Misdiagnosis means missing the symptoms and in doing so, potentially causing harm to a patient needing care. In most […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – The effects of Florida’s pill mills on adults are widely understood, but their effects on children are only recently becoming more clear. A major investigation by the Miami Herald, titled “Innocents Lost,” has uncovered serious shortcomings in the way the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) protects children vulnerable to abuse and neglect, as well as how it tabulates and reports data on deaths of those children. One report from the investigation exposes the deaths of many children of drug-addicted parents – whether due to abuse, neglect or the prescription […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2014 – “It’s no secret that hospital errors have a major impact on patient heath,” remarks Arkansas medical negligence lawyer, Michael Smith. “And, while many hospitals across America today have made efforts to limit the number of errors while treating patients, the number of serious injuries or deaths continues to climb.” Recent figures indicate that more than 440,000 patients die each year. Some medical facilities do a good job of recording their errors and instituting new safety procedures to reduce mistakes. Others seem to miss the boat and continue to make mistakes; […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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LaGarde Law Firm is proud to announce the debut of its brand-new website at www.LaGardeLaw.com. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2014 – LaGarde Law Firm is a personal injury and business dispute firm based in Houston, Texas. Husband-and-wife partners Richard LaGarde and Mary Ellis LaGarde have over 45 years combined experience in cases ranging from oil rig injuries, general injuries, and wrongful death, to oil and gas disputes, insurance claims, and contract disputes. The new website features overviews of the firm’s major practice areas as well as updated profiles of attorneys Richard LaGarde, Mary Ellis LaGarde, and Kristina […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2014 – The last thing people want to hear about before going to hospital is that the estimated number of patients that die every year as a result of hospital errors is too low. “Hospital errors take the lives of tens of thousands of people in the U.S. each and every year,” states Arkansas hospital error lawyer, Michael Smith. “Most people, if asked what they think the leading causes of death are in the nation, cite hearts attacks, brain injury and car crashes. Few think to mention medical malpractice or medical negligence.” […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2014 – A recent report indicates the unintended retention of foreign objects after surgery is a major issue. “The report, dealing with sentinal events, which are defined as unanticipated events resulting in death, serious physical or psychological injury to a patient, and not related to the natural course of the patient’s illness, indicates that foreign objects left in the body of a patient after surgery is on the rise. Issuing this alert is a rare event for The Joint Commission,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas hospital error attorney. The Joint Commission is […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2013 – Ninety-eight percent of the time hospitals hide medication errors from patients. Check medication doses before swallowing. “If you’re in hospital and the nurse hands you a pill or two to take, you usually just swallow it. They know what you need and so you trust them to give you the right thing. Before you pop that pill, take a look at what you are taking and check the dose. You may have the wrong drug and/or the wrong dose. It happens and it happens way too often,” suggested Michael Smith, […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – One powerful weapon against prescription painkiller addiction is now the subject of intense legal and media scrutiny. Buprenorphine, or “bupe”, as it is commonly called, is a drug approved by the FDA in 2002 for use in treatment of addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and other opioids. In the wake of the law enforcement crackdown on Florida’s pill mills, effective medical addiction treatment is essential. But as Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce explains, buprenorphine itself is subject to abuse, and prescriptions for the drug are therefore severely […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 6, 2013 – E-medical record keeping is supposedly a lifesaving, accurate system to keep patients safe. A software error has created a recall situation. “Just recently, UnitedHealth Group Inc. issued a recall for their software, the Picis ED PulseCheck, used in hospital E.R.s. It affected hospitals in 20 states. The reason for the recall? An error that caused the system to eat physician’s prescription notes out of patient’s files,” outlined Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer. It was discovered that some versions of the software contained a glitch that did not print medication […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – This Texas nursing home case involved the death of a man due to untreated pressure ulcers. “This reported case shocked many. An elderly Texan developed severely infected pressure sores and became dangerously dehydrated, despite being in care at the Gulf Health Care Center – Port Arthur. What was even more disturbing is that he developed them, and died, in a period of less than two months in care,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The nursing home abuse lawsuit statement of claim revealed that just […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – Compression therapy works as well as more expensive therapy in the treatment of early lymphedema, a recent study shows. The study, titled “Randomized Trial of Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema in Women With Breast Cancer,” was published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on September 16, 2013. Researchers found no significant difference in efficacy between therapy consisting entirely of compression garments and complex decongestive therapy (CDT), consisting of manual lymphatic massage, daily bandaging, and skin care. “Compression therapy has been around for many years,” said Greg Grambor, […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2013 – The surgeon in this case operated on the wrong side of a young patient’s brain, and in the process destroyed tissue. In realizing his mistake, he then operated on the other side. “This was a case full of twists and turns,” indicated Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. A 15-year-old boy went to hospital for brain surgery to stop seizures that started in the right side of his brain. The surgeon removed tissue from the left side, the wrong side of the brain. Then proceeded to remove tissue from the right […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – This liposuction operation was horrific. The patient’s liver was pierced and a rag soaked with anesthetic stuffed in her mouth. “This reported case raised a number of concerns about cosmetic surgeries and the extent of training of the physicians operating such full service ‘medical spas’ in the country,” stated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland anesthesia malpractice lawyer with Mellino Robenalt, LLC. The details of the case, as reported, included a reference to the 37-year-old patient having a propofol-saturated rag stuffed in her mouth and her liver being pierced. The woman’s father filed […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – A physician co-owner of a pain clinic in Margate, Fla., pleaded guilty to the improper prescription of opioid painkillers. Joseph Francis Piazza, 62, worked at Margate Pain Management Clinic for just over nine months beginning in October, 2009, and ending in August, 2010. According to prosecutors, he prescribed 152,774 pills of oxycodone and related addictive painkillers and personally earned $253,800 during that time period. “The alleged improper prescriptions in this case took place before Florida’s crackdown on pill mills,” said Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce. “This sort of activity was […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – The wrong blood used during a transfusion killed an 84-year-old patient. “People go to hospital to get better. They expect their doctor and hospital staff to treat them with dignity and care and ensure their safety. They do not expect to become a never event death statistic as the result of misidentified blood for a transfusion,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This case, which happened in Brooklyn, but could just as easily happen in any other hospital across […]


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Orlando, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2013 – On Friday, September 20, 2013 in Orlando Florida, Nancy Guenther was awarded a verdict of 1.3 million dollars in her suit against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation for causing her jaw to die and be removed and replaced with a metal chain all because of its failure to warn of the dangers of its drug Zometa. Counsel John Beins, Esq. of Beins, Goldberg and Hennessey, and Ranchor Harris, Esq. of Girardi Keese, assisted by John J. Vecchione, Esq.  tried the case to verdict against Don Fowler, Esq. and Martin Calhoun, Esq. of Hollingsworth, […]


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