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Medical Malpractice Issues: IV Infiltration and Extravasation

Intravenous, or IV, therapy is used to administer antibiotics, medications, electrolytes and other fluids into the bloodstream. The procedure is straight-forward and relatively simple. The nurse or technician places a needle in the patient’s vein. A plastic catheter slides into place over the needle before removing it. A tube is connected to the catheter to deliver the fluid.  Intravenous (IV) Infiltration occurs when the catheter goes through the vein or slips out of the vein...

How Vicarious Liability Impacts Medical Malpractice Suits in Florida

Vicarious liability is a legal concept that attributes responsibility to a person or entity who should be responsible for another’s negligence. Often it’s called by its legal term, “respondeat superior.” In the case of medical malpractice, for example, questions can arise about whether a hospital is responsible for the individuals who provide care to patients – doctors, residents, nurses, x-ray technicians, pharmacists, etc.  The legal theory of vicarious liability provides opportunities for recovering for damages...

HPS LEGAL ALERT: 2023 FLORIDA TORT REFORM – WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

By Debra P. Klauber. On March 24, 2023, the latest round of tort reform measures were signed into law in Florida. While there are a number of implications, the following is a summary of what these changes mean to those who are injured at the hands of another. The law is purposefully designed to reduce litigation and its impact will be felt most by people with personal injury claims, and those who represent them. Here’s what...

Caps on Medical Malpractice Non-Economic Damages in Florida

From 2003 until recently, non-economic damages for medical malpractice cases in Florida were capped. However, the Florida Supreme Court eventually ruled such caps unconstitutional. What does this mean for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit? An Orlando medical malpractice lawyer or Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorney at Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm may be able to help you understand the compensation to which you may be entitled. Legal Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases There are...

HPS Legal Alert: MORE ON MEDICATION ERROR-RELATED MALPRACTICE: PHARMACODYNAMICS AND PHARMACOKINETICS

By Richard L. Allen, Jr. We recently wrote an HPS Legal Alert that discussed the challenges and frequency of medication errors, and the impact this has on patients who are victims of medical malpractice. Knowledge of the common types of medication errors greatly assists in the process of trying to determine if a patient’s injury is related to a medication. As a reminder, the most common errors usually occur at one of these points: Ordering/prescribing Documenting...

What Are the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice can take many forms. It can include misdiagnosis, failure to treat, pharmaceutical errors, surgical errors, childbirth injuries and many more.  A Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorney or Orlando medical malpractice lawyer from Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, P.A. can help you understand what’s necessary to prove a medical malpractice case and the types of damages to which you may be entitled.  What Is Medical Malpractice In the state of Florida, medical malpractice can include:...