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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) 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) February 11, 2014 – If a relative is in an assisted care facility, they have the right to be treated with care, respect and dignity. In many instances, this is not happening. “No one entrusts a loved family member to a nursing home expecting that they will be subjected to abuse. However, this happens far too often. Often enough in fact, that many families who suspect something may be wrong are beginning to install hidden video cameras to catch any suspicious activity. What they find is at times horrific and shocking,” adds Michael Smith, […]


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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) January 8, 2014 – Nursing home abuse is a national issue. The stories are horrific. “I often read about nursing home abuse cases in other jurisdictions, because they could just as easily happen in Arkansas,” indicates Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. The brutality perpetrated on seniors in America today is shocking. Just when they thought it was safe in a nursing home or assisted living facility, stories of elderly residents being sexually assaulted, burned, falling and/or breaking bones are rampant in the media. “The stories you read are just the tip […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2013 – Nursing home abuse does have certain warning signs. However, there are situations that are not considered to be abuse, such as this case. “This reported case is interesting for the fact that it shows what is ‘not’ abuse in a nursing home, but yet still points out what a fine line there is between what is abuse and what is not,” pointed out Michael Smith, an experienced Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. This case involves a nurse who was suspended from her job for allegedly denying a patient his medication […]


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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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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – One expects good care in nursing homes. The reality is often far different. “In this reported case of nursing home abuse, one of the caretakers told the police she gave all of her charges excellent care. The evidence said otherwise,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury attorney. When police with a search warrant raided the basement of an unlicensed nursing home in Marietta, Georgia they found plywood planking used for walls, sheets as ceilings, insects, rotting food, no bathing area and one toilet for six people. What law enforcement found […]


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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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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2013 – A male nursing assistant tells police he gets turned on while helping elderly female patients at his job. “This reported case began as a complaint from a 59-year-old woman who had just had hip surgery and stated a nursing assistant slipped into her bed and had non-consensual sex with her,” explained Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. “The whole situation began to unravel when another resident also said the same man inappropriately fondled her while he assisted her in using the restroom.” When the first patient filed a complaint with nursing […]


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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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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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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – Reports of nursing home abuse are far too frequent these days. Even if such incidents are isolated, there is never any excuse for abusing seniors in care. “While some people think that nursing home abuse is on the decline, if you read the paper with any degree of regularity, that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Consider the latest case that made headlines across America; a nursing home facility in the State of […]


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