Legal Advisor

Missed drug side effect turns toxic

Missed drug side effect turns toxic

One clinician misdiagnoses an adverse effect of a drug prescribed by another.

Mammogram referral
 results not conveyed

Mammogram referral
 results not conveyed

A patient was referred 
for a mammogram, but 
clinicians fail to follow up on the report.

Rectal exam tried as 
assault

Rectal exam tried as 
assault

Informed consent becomes muddled during an emergency to check 
for spinal injury.

Misdiagnosis leads to fatal emergency

Misdiagnosis leads to fatal emergency

A young man dies when 
an emergent condition 
is mistaken for a 
nonemergent one.

Untreated ischemia in limb leads to negligence lawsuit

Untreated ischemia in limb leads to negligence lawsuit

Clinicians missed several opportunities to advocate for their patient, leading to the loss of a leg.

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.

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