Legal Advisor

Accessing a relative's charts

Accessing a relative's charts

A medical center takes issue with a clinician who uses her employee access to view her ex-husband's medical records.

Collaborative practice agreements

Collaborative practice agreements

Duty of care owed to a nurse practitioner's patient by a collaborative practice partner comes into question.

Heart attack misdiagnosed as heartburn

Heart attack misdiagnosed as heartburn

A clinician turns away a man looking for assistance before a walk-in clinic is open for the day.

Violation 
of patient 
privacy

Violation 
of patient 
privacy

A nurse divulges a patient's sexually transmitted 
disease to his girlfriend, who happens to be the nurse's sister-in-law.

Undisclosed condition 
leads to death

Undisclosed condition 
leads to death

A patient's widow 
asserts that the clinician
 should have checked
 hospital records taken prior to admission.

Emergency ignored in an alcoholic

Emergency ignored in an alcoholic

Clinicians assume symptoms in a patient who regularly presents intoxicated are due to alcohol.

Complaints not taken 
seriously

Complaints not taken 
seriously

A clinician misdiagnoses thyroid cancer as acid reflux in a patient who often comes to the clinic.

A costly HIPAA 
violation

A costly HIPAA 
violation

After a major car accident, two providers disclose a patient's health information to his employer.

Treating one symptom proves fatal

Treating one symptom proves fatal

A patient dies after a 
clinician treats a patient 
for diarrhea and omits 
further examination.

Busy office 
setting leads to missed diagnosis

Busy office 
setting leads to missed diagnosis

A clinician misses a fatal pulmonary embolism in a patient known to make minor complaints.

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