Legal Advisor

A patient commits murder

A patient commits murder

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A nurse practitioner is sued by her patient's children after their mother is murdered.

Fired after violating a patient's privacy

Fired after violating a patient's privacy

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A nurse notifies other clinicians that a patient is positive for hepatitis C.

The importance of good notetaking

The importance of good notetaking

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Taking good notes is one of the most important steps a clinician can take to reduce the risk of a lawsuit.

Fired for falling asleep on the job: Our readers weigh in

Fired for falling asleep on the job: Our readers weigh in

Two clinicians offer their opinion on June's Legal Advisor about a female nurse fired for falling asleep while on duty in the hospital.

Birth control leads to a blood clot

Birth control leads to a blood clot

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A patient presents with chest pain 6 weeks after beginning use of a contraceptive device.

Fired for refusing vaccination

Fired for refusing vaccination

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A clinician files a lawsuit against her employer after being fired for refusing Tdap immunization.

A nurse fired for falling asleep on the job

A nurse fired for falling asleep on the job

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After a nurse is fired for falling asleep at her job at a hospital, she claims that it was in retaliation for taking time off under the FMLA.

Lab results never given to a patient

Lab results never given to a patient

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An NP does not inform her patient about his lab results, which showed extensive kidney damage. He collapsed 2 months later.

A suspicious mole

A suspicious mole

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A clinician's failure to follow up on a patient's mole results in a delayed diagnosis of cancer.

When a referral goes wrong

When a referral goes wrong

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A clinician misses a differential diagnosis when she refers a patient to a specialist for rectal bleeding.

The frivolous lawsuit

The frivolous lawsuit

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A healthcare provider is sued when a patient is determined to believe that she has more than a sore throat.

A case of misdiagnosed meningitis

A case of misdiagnosed meningitis

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A student's headaches, lethargy, vomiting, and photophobia are misdiagnosed as migraine.

Chest pain in a woman

Chest pain in a woman

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A woman has a myocardial infarction after her chest symptoms are misdiagnosed as acid reflux.

Outdated vaccine  protocol

Outdated vaccine protocol

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A child deals with the consequences of a lesser vaccine, because a medical practice did not update its immunization policies.

Undiagnosed cellulitis

Undiagnosed cellulitis

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A patient is asked to follow up for care but does not, and severe cellulitis develop

Missed blood test results

Missed blood test results

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A patient's positive hepatitis B results were overlooked for 7 years.

Unchecked MRI results

Unchecked MRI results

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A clinician sends an 18-year-old patient for a same-day MRI but forgets to review the results with the same urgency.

A clinician and patient mistake

A clinician and patient mistake

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It is well-accepted that healthcare practitioners have a duty to their patients, but do patients have a duty as well?

Adverse events in hospitals on the decline

Adverse events in hospitals on the decline

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Several reports have found that the rate of adverse events among hospitalized patients has been declining in recent years.

Another 
clinician's prescription

Another 
clinician's prescription

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A communication failure 
when one clinician refills a prescription written by another has a dire result.

Jury sides with clinician in medical malpractice case blamed on smoking

Jury sides with clinician in medical malpractice case blamed on smoking

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A clinician was found not guilty of negligence after his patient, a lifelong smoker, died of cancer.

One in 5 hospitals has failed to adopt a "never events" policy

One in 5 hospitals has failed to adopt a "never events" policy

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A significant number of hospitals do not have sufficient policies in place to deal with the aftermath of egregious hospital errors.

Accessing a relative's charts

Accessing a relative's charts

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

When can a car crash be considered medical malpractice?

When can a car crash be considered medical malpractice?

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A patient got into a car accident after clinicians failed to warn her of the side effects of the drugs they administered to her.

Medical malpractice claims against anesthesiologists decreasing

Medical malpractice claims against anesthesiologists decreasing

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The number of medical malpractice claims made against anesthesiologists has significantly decreased since 2005.

Could Denmark be the blueprint for an American medical malpractice overhaul?

Could Denmark be the blueprint for an American medical malpractice overhaul?

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Denmark's compensation-based medical malpractice program has several features that could benefit the current malpractice system in the United States.

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