Ann W. Latner, JD

All articles by Ann W. Latner, JD

Symptoms, diagnosis don’t match

Mr. R, age 54, was a diabetic, moderately overweight construction worker. One day he tripped at a job site, falling heavily on his right hip. Despite the pain, he finished his shift, then he went home, took an ibuprofen tablet, and went to bed. When he awoke in agony at…

Speeding through history

Mr. B, a 34-year-old physician assistant, was having another frenetic day in the gastroenterology clinic, and he was not happy. When he had taken the job a year ago, he had hoped it would…

Routine lulls doctor into sloppiness

After missing early signs of colon cancer, did heneglect to recommend a colonoscopy as well? Dr. D, 62, was a general practitioner in a quiet Midwestern suburb. He enjoyed his reputation as a kindly, old-fashioned family doctor just as his father and grandfather had before him. But after 25 years, he was ready to wind…

PA stumbles over vague instructions

An injured hiker charges that deciding when to start antibiotics should never have been his call to make. Should a patient be expected to determine whether a wound is infected? Mr. C, a 38-year-old physician assistant, learned the answer the hard way when that question led to his involvement in a malpractice lawsuit. Mr. C…

Next post in Legal Advisor