Legal Advisor

Exam brings trouble for 
school nurse

Exam brings trouble for 
school nurse

A visual check of a 
student was deemed 
an "unreasonable 
search" under the 
Fourth Amendment.

Medical error arises from lack of awareness

Medical error arises from lack of awareness

A clinician who did not know a certain policy causes a chemotherapy problem.

Miscommunication delays breast cancer test results

Miscommunication delays breast cancer test results

Following up on test ­findings is a key part of delivering quality patient care and 
minimizing liability.

Know your Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act policies

Know your Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act policies

Emergency department staff was unaware of special guidelines for chest pain.

A mistake or medical malpractice?

A mistake or medical malpractice?

A case against a clinician raises the question 
of whether the error 
constitutes malpractice.

Comments in chart lead to a lawsuit

Comments in chart lead to a lawsuit

A clinician's opinions about a patient, noted in the patient's chart, become grounds for charges of defamation.

Missed signs of infection after injury

Missed signs of infection after injury

A young man dies after septic arthritis of the hip is misdiagnosed as a muscle strain or bursitis.

Brain injury caused by ear surgery

Brain injury caused by ear surgery

Intracranial bleeding and pressure after removal of an acoustic neuroma leads to permanent damage.

An infection
 leads to blindness

An infection
 leads to blindness

Significant facial edema and redness is misdiagnosed as an allergic reaction — with drastic consequences.

Hospitals take privacy seriously

Hospitals take privacy seriously

A clinician is terminated from her job for accessing patient information that was beyond her purview.

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