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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2014 – This question needs to be asked in today’s world because millions of Americans are still unable to access health care. “What do people without even the basic necessities do for medical and dental care?” asked Michael Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Arkansas. “Most simply go without. In some states, such as Florida, retired dentists and doctors volunteer their time to help people who could not otherwise access care. But in other states, volunteerism rarely happens. The differences are directly linked to protection from medical malpractice lawsuits. Florida offers that […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2014 – The sheer number of plaintiffs filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the same spine surgeon is staggering. The doctor is accused of performing unnecessary surgery. “The spine surgeon fled the country when he discovered he was indicted by a federal grand jury with fraudulently billing public and private health-care benefit programs for unnecessary operations. And his other medical malpractice lawsuits overshadow any potential fraud conviction. What is most troubling, besides unnecessary surgery, is the advice the doctor apparently gave to several patients,” said Arkansas injury lawyer Michael Smith, who is […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2014 – As an innovation, operating room black boxes could help victims find out how adverse hospital errors, also called never events, happened. Moreover, the data the boxes gather could inform training to prevent never events from recurring. “Most Americans are familiar with what a black box does. These devices record the final events prior to an incident of some kind. Big rigs use them, as do airplanes and trains. A black box in the operating room could spot and take action on surgical mistakes. The theory is being tested right now […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2014 – Just as a reader cannot always tell a book by its cover, a family shopping for nursing home care cannot rely solely on a facility’s outward appearances. “Generally, when a parent needs to be placed in care, most children rely on visual clues they see in a facility itself and as the staff interacts with others. If those two checkpoints meet their approval, they feel they have a quality home that is safe for their loved one. Unfortunately, that is not always the case,” explained Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer, […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2014 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that car accidents cost the United States $871 billion a year. “Most people think of car accidents in terms of the physical harm done,” remarked Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer, “but few think of the financial cost beyond their own involvement.” The latest study released by the NHTSA reveals that nationally, cars crashes carry a $277 billion annual price tag in cash. Crashes do approximately $594 billion of societal damage related to loss of life and life-altering crash injuries. The most […]


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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) July 15, 2014 – Nursing home abuse resulting in death is a serious legal issue. While many cases may not go to trial, those that do go to court are resulting in higher damage awards, raising concerns about insurance liability. “During the last five years or so, court awards for nursing home abuse and wrongful death have increased significantly,” said Michael Smith, a wrongful death lawyer in Arkansas. “Along with higher awards come higher insurance premiums for nursing homes, a fact the industry insists negatively impacts on the quality of care they offer. However, […]


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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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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2014 – Despite the amount of educational material aimed at drunk drivers, people still drive while under the influence. “Most people think of drunk drivers as being completely inebriated, weaving in and out of lanes, veering from one side of the road to another, running stop signs or even driving the wrong way on a highway. While these kinds of drunken motorists are dangerous, a new study shows that even those with low blood alcohol levels can be high risk drivers,” suggests Michael Smith, an Arkansas drunk driving lawyer. The University of […]


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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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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2014 – Prior to admitting a relative to a nursing home, always carefully read the admission documentation. “It’s a fact of life that many of us may need to admit a relative to a nursing facility at some point in the future. It’s not an easy decision, and with the negative press nursing care homes receive, it is a frightening prospect to relinquish care to someone who may abuse your loved one,” says Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. A recent Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts may make a difference […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2013 – A report released in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows hospitals make more money when they make mistakes. “The chilling conclusion of a recent report, written by several well known and respected doctors, is that when something goes wrong, like surgeons operating on the wrong person or body part, the hospital makes more money. How bizarre, that in making a horrific mistake, a medical institution may profit in two ways: billing the patient for the extra required care and billing the insurance company for surgical complications,” commented Michael […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2013 – Nursing home abuse may be a personal nightmare as the nation ages. “While we may know someone currently in a nursing home, or a relative is experiencing a difficult time in such a facility, we should remember that this issue may become a very personal one as we age and need such care ourselves. It is incumbent upon us to stop the horrific nightmare of nursing home abuse now,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Americans, in massive numbers, […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 19, 2013 – Without hospital errors, or fewer of them, patients would fare better medically. “Most hospitals in the U.S., face a never ending battle with medical mistakes, or hospital errors. Doctors and other professional staff are human. They make mistakes. Those mistakes may seriously injure or kill someone. It appears there may be a new method to prevent such errors, and it’s all in how you hold your hand,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, who practices personal injury law in Arkansas. A new approach involves a […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2013 – Everyone knows that interns are run off their feet and exhausted, opening the door to medical malpractice. “Anyone who has been in hospital is likely familiar with the ever present newest batch of interns, run ragged from long hours and little, if no sleep. It’s almost an American tradition; a tradition the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) wants to change. They’ve set a 16-hour limit for shifts for first year residents, to increase patient safety and preserve the well-being of the interns,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 23, 2013 – Sometimes the news is downright depressing. Hospital errors may not improve, even if they are tracked. “You would think that if a hospital took the time to report medical errors that they would do something about the information they have in their hands at the end of the day. It seems they don’t, which is depressing news to patients that may be victims of hospital errors,” remarked Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. This is not just a concern for […]


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