Little Rock | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

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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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 26, 2013 – Videotaped nursing home abuse is typically irrefutable evidence in court. “Oklahoma stepped up to the plate and signed a Bill into law that allows nursing home residents, or their family members, to install an e-monitoring system in the patient’s room. No one can stop a family member from doing that. It’s a good idea and has the capacity to change the law relating to nursing home abuse across the country,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The state of […]


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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 12, 2013 – Nearly 3.2 million Americans live in nursing care facilities. Many are subjected to abuse at the hands of their caregivers. “Many people are horrified to hear that nursing home abuse is quite common —- more common than we would like to admit. Of the 3.2 million Americans in care facilities, just about one in three of those homes have been singled out for violations and close to 10 percent of the residents have been subjected to abuse. The shocking statistics don’t end there,” added Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer […]


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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)May 30, 2013 – Patients that experience hospital errors find resolution of their issues difficult. Finally, a doctor has been on the same side of the fence. “It’s not often you hear about a doctor being on the receiving end of a hospital error, but it seems that one doctor did find himself in that revolving door, and didn’t like it,” explained Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The physician in question had an eye-opening experience when involved, in a peripheral manner, with his mother’s […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire)May 23, 2013 – It is difficult to know what motivates people to drive recklessly, or commit criminal acts. No one will know why in this case, as the driver killed herself in a wreck. “This is one of those accidents that no one ever wants to see again. The aftermath was complete carnage,” outlined Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “The worst part is, this type of accident could happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.” Consider the case of a 30-year old woman driving at […]


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