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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) Janury 28, 2015 – Elder abuse is not just committed by strangers. Family members may be guilty of it. Abuse is not just manifested in physically slapping, hitting or punching someone. It also may involve, but not be limited to: sexual abuse, emotional, mental, psychological and physical abuse. Additionally, abuse can involve what may be referred to as silent exploitation, by neglecting a senior’s needs, financially or materially exploiting them, abandoning them to their own devices, or imposing involuntary seclusion on elder patients. Although many of these forms of abuse occur within the four […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) Janury 21, 2015 – The repercussions of sending home the first U.S. Ebola victim in the U.S. continue to spread, even months after his death. “While Ebola is not making as many frightening headlines as it was when the epidemic first got underway, its presence has left a distinct mark on the U.S. health care system,” says Michael Smith, an Arkansas personal injury lawyer. “Hospitals and health professionals now know how to effectively quarantine and deal with this deadly disease. But for Thomas Duncan, we may never have ramped up infection control to the […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Did a misread MRI end a promising football career? In this medical negligence case, legal professionals are disputing a surgeon’s alleged misinterpretation of test results. “The proving point rests on how a surgeon read the results of an MRI for a 26-year-old aspiring football player. The plaintiff suggests he was told his initial surgery to reattach an Achilles tendon looked good and was intact – a signal he took to start playing again,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer. Subsequently, the young man re-injured his Achilles tendon and required […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2014 – What would the world be like if smart cars could make accidents obsolete? Volvo may have developed technology to help. “With the increasing number of vehicles on the roads in the United States, from motorcycles to 18-wheelers and everything else in between, car manufacturers have been looking to technology to create a vehicle that could prevent accidents,” said Arkansas car accident attorney, Michael Smith. “Volvo may have the answer.” According to Volvo, its newest safety feature, created during their Non-Hit Car and Truck Project, acts as a virtual co-driver by […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 17 , 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2014 – Families for Better Care, a national advocacy group, ranks nursing homes across the country each year. This year, Arkansas saw an improvement in ranking. Other states did not fare so well. “We cannot seem to get a handle on nursing home abuse,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas nursing home abuse attorney. “Seniors must be treated with dignity, respect and care. That is not happening in many facilities in the United States.”  While Arkansas’ nursing homes did show a marked improvement in 2013, there is still a long journey ahead to […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2014 – Joan Rivers will always be remembered for her sharp wit, iconic style and acerbic personality. Many also remember how suddenly she died. “Rivers went for what was to have been a routine outpatient procedure. Something went wrong that caused her to stop breathing and later suffer a heart attack. Did a preventable anesthesiology error happen?” asked Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. Hospital errors have long triggered medical malpractice lawsuits. Outpatient clinics, which are rarely as fully equipped as hospitals, are open to even more legal issues. Outpatient clinics, or surgicenters, […]


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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) 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) 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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