Nerve Injury During Blood Draw – Orlando Medical Malpractice

February 21, 2014 by Tony Caggiano

Orlando Nurses and laboratory technicians should carefully draw blood from patients. When they do not, nerve injury can occur. For some the needle placement causes only temporary pain and injury. Unfortunately, for others, permanent and debilitating nerve injury can result when blood is improperly drawn in a hospital, lab or doctor’s office.
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Taking a blood sample is commonplace. Blood results are an integral part of routine patient work-ups. Annually most Americans will see a doctor and have their blood drawn so that a proper evaluation can be made as to their current state of health. Many more individuals will have blood drawn when a sudden illness or trauma occurs. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we know that patients may reasonably expect a brief moment of pain, a quick “sting” when their blood is drawn. However, should you experience excruciating pain and an electric shock feeling down your arm when you have your blood taken - your technician likely injected the needle into a nerve.

While it may appear to be a simple procedure, there are rigorous standards which apply when health care professionals perform a blood draw. When these standards are not carefully followed, nerve injury can result. The two nerves which are often involved in these medical malpractice cases are the radial nerve and the median nerve. Depending on the location of the needle stick and the approach used by the nurse or lab technician, these nerves can be damaged.

Most patients who experience an injury when having blood drawn experience terribly pain immediately when the needle is inserted into the wrist or arm. Patients often express this to the nurse or laboratory technician. Often the needle is quickly removed and no lasting harm occurs. However, when the needle is not removed and the laboratory tries to continue to get the blood the risk of permanent injury is increased. There are times when a patient suffers serious pain, cries out and describes a feeling of electricity running the length of their arm into their wrist, hand and fingers. The correct response by the person taking your blood is crucial.

If you have suffered nerve damage while going to give blood, you have an excellent chance of recovery. Nerve injury can resolve with time. It may take many, many weeks or months, but nerves can come heal. With time, you may become pain free and you may regain the ability to fully use your arm, wrist, hand and fingers. Unfortunately, should you suffer harm to your radial nerve or your median nerve which does not heal within a number of months, the chances are you may well suffer permanent damage.

As Orlando medical malpractice attorneys, we have the expertise to help. Please do not hesitate to fill out the online form or call us for more information.


Orlando Medical Malpractice Law Protects Careless Doctors

January 4, 2014 by Tony Caggiano

Are you one of the nearly 100,000 innocent people who suffer injury from medical malpractice each year? Do you need a specialist to review your case without delay? Do you wish to put a medical malpractice attorney and medical doctor on your side?
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The Playing Field is Not Even: In Florida the laws keep changing to protect careless you without you even knowing it. Sadly, we spend hours on the phone providing free consultations to those who have suffered from malpractice – and – have to explain the law no longer permits fair and just compensation.

The Time To Bring Suit is Limited: Sometimes those who suffer injury wait too long before they call us. There are time-limits or statute of limitations that apply to all legal claims. If a lawsuit is not commenced within the applicable statute of limitations all claims for damages – even those that are meritorious – will be forever time-barred.

Doctors Can Kill Your Unmarried Older Children and NOT pay one dime for Your Mental Anguish: Yes, you read that correctly. Under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act if a doctor, hospital or clinic commits malpractice and the child is unmarried and 25 or older, the parents have NO claim for pain and suffering or mental anguish.

Doctors Can Kill Your Surviving Parent and Pay Nothing for Your Loss: In a similar fashion under Florida Law, if one parent is deceased and the other parent dies as a result of malpractice NO child 25 or older can make seek justice for the loss of their parent’s comfort and society or for their mental anguish over the loss of their mother or father.

With the laws against you and your family, now more than ever you need the most experienced lawyer on your side when going to battle irresponsible health care providers. With record results, a civil trial specialist and a medical doctor / attorney on our team, we would be privileged to discuss your situation with you. If you prefer, just complete the Get Help Now Form and we will send you important information on how you can protect yourself in a matter of seconds.

Orlando Medical Malpractice Involving Medication Errors

October 2, 2013 by Tony Caggiano

When doctors prescribe medication most people assume it is safe. Parents usually give little thought when pediatricians order antibiotics medication for their children. Unfortunately, as Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we have seen too many people trust their doctors to the point where serious injury or death results.

In today's healthcare market, thorough medical visits, safety checks and proper documentation can no longer be assumed. With medical practices trying to increase profits and health insurance paying less for medical services, less time is spent with patients. Too often this leads to errors in medication. For example, when a patient tells their doctor that they are allergic to penicillin and the doctor or hospital fails to document that, a fatal mistake can occur. While this happens on a regular basis, few people want to believe this.

When pediatricians prescribe powerful antibiotics it is necessary to order blood tests to monitor the level of the antibiotics. If the concentration of the antibiotic is excessive it can cause kidney damage. Who would believe that pediatricians would forget to order the blood tests? Yet, we have seen this happen with fatal results. Times have changed and healthcare consumers must take action to protect themselves. Do not be afraid to ask questions and make sure that all allergies are documented.

Choosing Orlando Medical Malpractice Lawyers

September 20, 2013 by Tony Caggiano

While there are more than 80,000 lawyers in Florida, there are only a small number of lawyers who specialize in medical malpractice law. Most people may not be aware that the Florida Bar has certified lawyers less than 2% of Florida lawyers as specialists in civil trial law which includes medical malpractice. In addition, there are even fewer Florida lawyers who are also a licensed medical doctor.
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As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we offer both a board certified trial lawyer and a medical doctor/lawyer. Along with a critical care registered nurse who serves as medical case manager, clients receive the medical and legal expertise necessary to take on the "medical giants." People should understand what they are up against when they are considering a medical malpractice lawsuit. No other area of law may be as complex and confusing when it comes to seeking justice for injury or death.

Unless the patient has a medical malpractice lawyer with a long track record of success in dealing with these tactics, the patient may not even have a fighting chance for a just result. Indeed, we believe so strongly that the selection of a medical malpractice lawyer may lose the case years before it ever goes to trial that we have written a book to help consumers select the right lawyer. We continue to make the book, Seeking Justice: An Insider's Guide for the Injured, available at no charge.

The Florida Medical Malpractice Book

August 18, 2013 by Tony Caggiano

When medical malpractice strikes you or your family you must know how to hold the doctors or hospital responsible for the injury they cause. The Florida Medical Malpractice Book, Seeking Justice: An Insider's Guide for the Injured. explains what to do if you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice. It also provides a solid method for injured people to find the right lawyer- one who The Florida Bar has certified as a medical malpractice specialist. For anyone injured in Florida, a Free copy of this book can be a great place to start.

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Out of the 80,000 Florida lawyers- only 2 percent are certified as specialists in civil trial law, which includes medical malpractice. Everyone should understand that medical malpractice cases have many complex issues that lawyers who do not specialize may not be aware of. Unfortunately, if a lawyer does not know the important issues involved in medical malpractice cases, it is the client who will suffer.

Many people have asked why we are giving away such a valuable book. Well, we believe that people deserve to be treated fairly. Over the past 20 years, we have seen too many decent, honest people taken advantage of by doctors, hospitals and insurance companies after medical malpractice happens. This book gives injured people a fighting chance right from the start-Before it is too late.

Medical Doctor/ Lawyer For Orlando Medical Malpractice

July 1, 2013 by Tony Caggiano

If someone is considering surgery, the experience of the surgeon would certainly be an important concern. Few people would want a surgeon who had never performed the same surgery. No one would want to be the surgeon's first patient to undergo a particular operation. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we believe that patients and families would want to have a medical doctor who is also a lawyer represent them in medical malpractice cases.

Unfortunately, when medical malpractice strikes few people know where to turn. Even fewer people realize that there are lawyers who are also medical doctors who handle medical malpractice cases. Yet, what better advantage could a patient have than to have a lawyer who is licensed as a medical doctor. Dr. Walter Ward has a distinct advantage to be able to confront the doctors involved by going into the case with a complete understanding of the medical issues involved. Obviously, it is much more practical when a lawyer has first hand experience as a medical doctor who was educated and trained from the standpoint of the doctors who are responsible for the medical malpractice.

When selecting an Orlando medical malpractice lawyer hiring one that is a medical doctor/lawyer should bring a higher level of confidence. These cases are complex and can be lost if the patient's lawyer does not understand the medicine involved.

Differential Diagnosis in Orlando Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

April 1, 2013 by Tony Caggiano

Doctors are trained to understand that many conditions have similar signs and symptoms. While in medical school, they learn the most careful method to determine the likely cause of a person's difficulties. While just students, they are taught to list all possible conditions that could be causing the patient's complaints. The list should begin with the most serious possibilities first and move down to the least harmful.

This list of potential causes is called a "differential diagnosis." Once the differential diagnosis is thoughtfully prepared, the physician goes down the list, one at a time, to rule out each item listed. By doing so, it is a relatively easy process to reasonably ensure that a patient receives the proper evaluation and diagnosis.

As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers we find that needless injury and death results when doctors choose to ignore the importance of preparing a differential diagnosis. Too often careless assumptions are made. Obviously, if a doctor does not consider and rule out all potential life-threatening conditions, the patient's well-being is needlessly put in jeopardy. Yet, when this occurs rarely do health care providers take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. Rather, the lawyers hired by the doctors and hospitals try to avoid any discussion of the need to do a careful differential diagnosis. Unless the patient's lawyer focuses on its importance, the defense may succeed in making the case appear complex and confusing.

While medicine can be complex, much of the practice involves basic steps, that if followed, will limit or reduce any likelihood of an untoward event. Journals have reported that if physicians and hospitals used a simple check list, the risk of infection would be reduced dramatically. Doesn't everyone deserve that kind of careful medicine?


Gentamicin Poisoning Victory

February 23, 2013 by Tony Caggiano

While the dangers of gentamicin have been well known, terrible cases of medical malpractice continue to involve this antibiotic. While each claim is different, as gentamicin poisoning lawyers, we continue to find common elements in all of them.we Recently, we succeeded in winning a long and hard fought battle a retired gentleman.

After decades of hard work, our client decided to have back surgery to rid himself of nagging pain and to better enjoy his time with his grandchildren. Fortunately, that spine surgery went well; however, he was prescribed gentamicin for an infection. Sadly, it was presribed inappropriately, noone acted upon the signs of toxicity and his dizziness and imbalance became permanent.

For several years, the health care providers involved sought to avoid responsibility for the harm each caused. Yet, as we have done throughout our more than 20 years of dedicated practice, we refused to lose focus on our client’s best interests. We pursued the wrongdoers zealously and justice prevailed.

Why do we continue to see excessive use of this antibiotic? That question remains a mystery. What is even more stunning in our gentamicin poisoning cases is that the health care providers involved were well aware of the dangers. Each claimed to understand that even without excessive levels serious damage can happen. With normal blood levels, damage to kidneys and the vestibular system (inner ear) can still occur. That fact appears to be missed by the health care providers involved in these cases. While each may admit to such awareness, their conduct belies such an understanding. In cases where the gentamicin damages the tiny hair cells in the inner ear, we find a failure to act on signs and symptoms of poisioning such as balance difficulties, gait disturbances and dizziness. Either the doctors and nurses involved do not understand the dangers of this antibiotic or these doctors and nurses lack sufficient concern for their patients. Either way, such medical and nursing care is totally unacceptable.

Medical Malpractice Leads to Deadly Overdose

January 11, 2013 by Tony Caggiano

Throughout our years of experience as Orlando Medical Malpractice Lawyers we see too many tragedies involving individuals who entrusted their health and well-being to health care providers with fatal results. Unfortunately, medicine today is a multi-billion dollar business. Providing excellent health care and protecting patients is not the driving force for some health care providers. The following provides another example of needless medical neglect:

A family practice physician provided pain medication inappropriately to numerous patients causing serious harm and death. In this recent case, the doctor's neglect rose to the level of criminal conduct and he was charged for the murder of a patient who died from his reckless prescription of pain killers. According to another patient who testified in court, the doctor had also provided her with hundreds of prescriptions for pain killers on a weekly basis; including filling out prescriptions under her husband’s name, who was not a patient and had never been examined by this doctor. Ultimately, this patient became dependent and addicted to the narcotic medication - requiring numerous detoxification programs.

Tragically, we have learned that this doctor has also been charged with the deaths of three other patients; and, charged with multiple felony counts for criminally prescribing drugs to people without any demonstrated need. In defense, as expected, patients have been accused of misrepresenting their condition and symptoms. Of course, we have found that many physician allegations lack actual proof of patient misconduct.

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It is unfortunate but not uncommon to see doctors violate the trust of their patients. Obviously, the State of Florida and licensing authorities should work to better regulate the practice of medicine in an effort to reduce needless patient injury, harm and death. Certainly, this most recent case reminds us of the need for individuals and families to properly monitor their own health care. Everyone should realize that doctors can make mistakes, that doctors are in the business of medicine to make a profit and that some doctors choose to operate in a careless and reckless fashion. While there are countless caring doctors, this case highlights those helpless individuals who pay the ultimate price as a result of the negligence and carelessness of a primary care doctor.

As Orlando Medical Malpractice Lawyers, we have been involved in many wrongful death cases and continue to try to raise awareness of the flaws in our health care system and theneed for patients to carefully choose their doctors.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers & Patients Under Attack

December 8, 2012 by Tony Caggiano

Medical Malpractice continues, but doctors and hospitals are protected by medical malpractice caps on pain and suffering awards and other medical malpractice reforms. These medical malpractice legal reforms have dramatically impacted lawsuits by patients against doctors and hospitals. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we see that patients who suffer injury and death at the hands of careless doctors and hospitals have a more difficult time to obtain a just result.

Indeed, a study published by Obstetrics & Gynecology boasts that the total number of lawsuits filed against doctors has dramatically diminished. By successfully attacking medical malpractice lawyers, laws have been changed to eliminate a patient’s right to be fully and fairly compensated for horrible injury and death resulting from medical malpractice. Sadly, if a doctor fails to pay attention and amputates an otherwise healthy leg, he can no longer be held to fully account for his grievous medical mistake. His patient’s rights have been taken away from the efforts of the powerful medical malpractice insurance industry.

It is unfortunate that patients must give up their rights rather than encouraging doctors and hospitals to commit less medical malpractice. Yet, it is because a future medical malpractice victim or family members do not know who they are, so few people think it important to protest the elimination of patient rights. The terrible moment of realization occurs when legitimate victims of medical malpractice find out that the medical malpractice laws directly affect them. Few people really understand the many changes that have taken place to prevent patients from holding their careless doctors accountable for needless harm and losses.

Medical Malpractice Excuses

September 16, 2012 by Tony Caggiano

As a medical doctor/lawyer, Walter Ward has represented Orlando medical malpractice clients for more than 35 years. Over that time, he has seen medical malpractice lawyers representing doctors and hospitals invent dozens of excuses in an effort to distract juries from the medical misconduct involved. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, our clients can only receive a fair trial by exposing these defense tactics.
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In medical malpractice cases involving a failure to properly diagnose and treat heart disease the hospitals and doctors will try to focus the jury on the patient's bad habits. Most people do not lead the perfect, healthy lifestyle. Whether it is fast food, too much food or smoking, chances are that a patient may have contributed to the development of heart disease.

Of course, how someone develops heart disease is not relevant to whether the doctors or hospital provided the appropriate medical care. Yet, the lawyers who defend healthcare providers know that juries can be misled by focusing on the patient's lifestyle. Unfortunately, unless the patient has a medical malpractice lawyer who knows how to take on this tactic head-on, there is little chance for the jury to address the real issues in the case. The patient's lawyer must be there to shine the light of truth on these defense tactics.

Stroke & Medical Malpractice

May 6, 2011 by Tony Caggiano

Facial weakness, slurred speech, the worst headache ever experienced are hallmark signs and symptoms of a stroke. Few people would need a medical degree to know that anyone with those complaints needs to get to a hospital without delay. Yet, as Orlando medical malpractice lawyers we have seen patients arrive in emergency departments with these conditions only to be told that they are fine.

Even more amazing, patients with classic signs and symptoms of a stroke or other type of cerebral vascular accident have undergone testing that reveals serious abnormalities and they too have been discharged from the hospital. Yet, how can this happen in Orlando hospitals? Sadly, too many healthcare workers do not realize the importance of being entrusted with the health and well-being of their patients. It is too easy to get into the mindset of treating people as numbers. This is especially true when hospitals do not adequately staff their facilities or provide sufficient supervision.

Is there any excuse for an obvious stroke patient being neglected? Sadly, when even the most obvious cases of medical malpractice happen, the hospitals and doctors involved rarely admit fault. Instead, the hospitals and their teams of medical malpractice lawyers create excuses and try to avoid being held responsible for the needless injury and death that results.

Orlando Medical Malpractice Causes

April 2, 2011 by Tony Caggiano

Medical doctors, hospitals and researchers continue to make new advances. Unfortunately, for each step forward in patient care, medicine takes a step back due to medical malpractice. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we know mistakes happen. But many medical errors are preventable, and many tragic consequences need never happen. The statistics are stunning: A landmark 1999 study found that every year, some 98,000 hospital deaths are due to medical errors. A follow-up study in 2006 revealed that medication errors alone harm 1.5 million patients each year.

While we have helped many victims of medical error, it would be far better for doctors and hospitals to prevent medical malpractice in the first place. There are many types of preventable medical errors. Patients themselves can help by learning to be more vigilant in questioning a doctor’s treatment. By understanding the most common errors, patients can play an important role in avoiding unnecessary injury.

According to recent information, the most common types of medical malpractice include: Misdiagnosis; Wrong-Site Surgery; Medication Errors; Failure to Monitor Patients Properly After Treatment; Delay in Treatment; Inadequate Follow-up After Treatment; Failure to Take a Proper Medical History Before Treatment; Failure to Act on Test Results; Failure to Use Standard Tests Appropriate to the Circumstances; Technical Errors; and, Communication Errors.

Patients need to ask their health care providers questions about their care and recovery. Awareness won’t prevent medical malpractice, but it can help reduce it and hopefully keep you and your family safe.

If you need assistance after an Orlando car accident, do what many have already done: Order a free copy of the Florida Car Accident Book, Seeking Justice: An Insider's Guide for the Injured. If someone has been involved in an accident, it is a great place to start.
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Medical Malpractice Must Be Prevented

February 25, 2010 by Tony Caggiano

At Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida Hospital South and other local hospitals, patients and family members must remain vigilant to avoid injury or death by medical malpractice. Preventable medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we believe that any discussion of medical negligence that does not involve preventable medical errors ignores this fundamental problem. And while some interested parties would prefer to focus on doctors’ insurance premiums, health care costs, or alternative compensation systems—anything other than the negligence itself—reducing medical errors is the best way to address all the related problems. Preventing medical errors will lower health care costs, reduce doctors’ insurance premiums, and protect the health and well-being of patients.
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The Institute of Medicine’s thorough study of preventable medical errors estimated as many as 98,000 people die every year at a cost of $29 billion. If the Centers for Disease Control were to include preventable medical errors as a category, these conclusions would make it the sixth leading cause of death in America.

Further research has confirmed the extent of medical errors. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement estimates there are 15 million incidents of medical harm each year. HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare rating organization, found that Medicare patients who experienced a patient-safety incident had a one-in-five chance of dying as a result.

Disappointing to most people we represent is the fact that these hospitals and doctors seek to avoid responsibility for their errors and the devastating harm they cause. However, with all the laws making it more difficult for patients to hold hospitals and doctors accountable, very few medical malpractice cases settle. Usually, the only way to hold those who commit medical malpractice accountable is to go to trial.

As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we have developed successful approaches to this complex area of law. Dr. Walter Ward is one of the few lawyers in Florida who is also a medical doctor. As a medical doctor and lawyer he brings unique training and experience to examination of the medical doctors and hospital personnel involved in our clients' malpractice.

Orlando Emergency Department Medical Malpractice

January 25, 2010 by Tony Caggiano

When people have a medical emergency they usually call 911 and are transported to an Orlando emergency department. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we know that Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital Orlando receive thousands of patients through their emergency departments each year. These Orlando hospitals have a responsibility to provide timely and appropriate medical care.
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Hospital emergency departments must be adequately staffed and capable of handling all types of medical emergencies. Whether it is 1:00 in the afternoon or 1:00 in the morning if a hospital agrees or advertises to take emergencies such as heart attacks or stroke, it must be able to provide timely intervention and medical care. Otherwise, patients should be taken to other healthcare facilities.

Unfortunately, patients taken to local hospital emergency departments do not always receive timely intervention. This may occur because the doctors or hospital staff fail to properly take a medical history from the patient or the patient's family. A medical history is the information surrounding the circumstances which caused the patient to go to the hospital. While this information is critical to a proper diagnosis, we have found that hospitals and doctors fail to take the time to obtain a complete and accurate medical history. Sadly, the failure to ask simply questions has led to unnecessary injury and death.

Orlando Medical Malpractice over MRSA Infection

January 18, 2010 by Tony Caggiano

Medical malpractice involving the failure to prevent or treat MRSA infections may be on the rise. MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria — often called "staph." It's a strain of staph that is resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we have seen too many cases of MRSA which should have been avoided or which were not properly treated. Indeed, MRSA medical malpractice has led to the death of innocent individuals.
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The terrible effects of medical malpractice involving MRSA infections also include patients who lose all of their limbs. My partner, Dr. Walter Ward, a medical doctor and lawyer, has spent significant time educating our clients on the correct method of avoiding MRSA, and when it is diagnosed-the proper method to treat it. Obviously, hospitals and doctors must do all that they can to protect their patients from this serious risk of harm.

Most MRSA infections occur in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. It's known as health care-associated MRSA, or HA-MRSA. Older adults and people with weakened immune systems are at most risk of HA-MRSA. More recently, another type of MRSA has occurred among otherwise healthy people in the wider community. This form, community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA, is responsible for serious skin and soft tissue infections and for a serious form of pneumonia.

Healthcare Retaliation & Medical Malpractice Lawyers

January 11, 2010 by Tony Caggiano

Florida Hospital, owned by the Adventist Healthcare System and Orlando Regional Healthcare Systems have committed medical malpractice and inflicted injury on members of our community. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we fight to hold careless healthcare providers responsible for the injury and death they cause. Over the past twenty years, we have aggressively fought deceitful tactics in medical malpractice lawsuits.
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Few people hear about the tactics and healthcare retaliation of the medical industry and local hospitals. The website, HealthcareRetaliation.Com provides a horrifying illustration of a broken healthcare system. Based on an actual case tried in Orlando, Florida, this website takes the viewer through one of the most egregious examples of deceit, retaliation and corporations trying to protect their profits and “business as usual.”

From our work, we learned that the healthcare providers involved are not interested in the truth; but, will instead do all that they can to avoid responsibility for injury and death to patients. These healthcare providers aggressively seek to blame the patient and hide evidence of wrongdoing.

Anyone who has suffered injury or retaliation at the hands of healthcare providers needs attorneys who know how to fight back. To better understand what you are up against, we have written a book, Seeking Justice: An Insider’s Guide for the Injured. It details the steps in a medical malpractice claim and the many defenses that Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional Healthcare Systems employs. Order your free copy now.

Healthcare provider fraud, deceit and retaliation must be fought at all costs. Patients and innocent employees of healthcare providers deserve such efforts. We will continue to expose healthcare wrongdoing and fight to bring the truth to light.


Medical Malpractice Limits Hurt Stay-At- Home Moms, Children & Elderly

October 28, 2009 by Tony Caggiano

In 2003, the Florida Legislature placed limits on medical malpractice damages. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we have found that these limits hurt three groups of patients more than others. Stay-at-home moms, children and the elderly will receive far less for their injury from medical malpractice.

For these groups the limits on medical malpractice damages mean that many will never be fairly compensated for the harm caused by Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida Hospital Orlando or other health care facilities. Sadly, the hospital and medical associations convinced law-makers that healthcare providers should be treated differently when they recklessly cause injury or death.

Joined by the medical malpractice insurance industry, the hospitals and medical associations have stripped away many rights of Florida patients. No longer can any patient be treated fairly when it comes to assessing the horrible losses caused by medical malpractice. How did this happen? It happened because few people think about this unfairness until medical malpractice hits home.

We must explain to our clients and to those that seek our help, that when it comes to medical malpractice, the field is not level. The medical associations, the hospitals and the malpractice insurers have stacked the deck against the patient and their family. Without a medical malpractice specialist or a medical doctor-lawyer, people may have little chance for a successful outcome.

Orlando Medical Malpractice - Common Hospital Errors

January 25, 2009 by Tony Caggiano

The United States is having an epidemic - tens of thousands of people are experiencing adverse reactions and deaths from preventable medical errors during their hospital stay. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers we continue to see needless tragedies caused by doctor and hospital malpractice.
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While you would like to think that Orlando hospitals have well-trained doctors and medical personnel and the most advanced technology – preventable mistakes continue to devastate innocent individuals and families. Nationwide, more people die from hospital errors than AIDS, breast cancer, and motor vehicle accidents. These mistakes happen during hospital admission, during the hospital stay, and during and after hospital discharge.

According to Archives of Internal Medicine, patient errors are first recorded upon admission to the hospital. Medications taken and allergy history is frequently omitted from charts which result in drug therapy problems ranging from discomfort to deterioration of the patient’s condition. In one study conducted at two prestigious teaching hospitals, results showed that about two out of every 100 admissions experienced a preventable adverse drug event.

Not only do patients suffer from drug interactions but they also suffer from surgeries gone wrong. These tragedies include surgeons operating on the wrong side of the patient's brain, doctors amputating the wrong leg and patients going in to have a gall bladder removed and actually having their kidney removed instead. One poor man expected to have his cancerous testicle removed; instead his healthy one was removed. Sadly, a significant number of many patients later discover foreign objects left inside their abdomen.

Of course, when medical malpractice happens the doctors, hospitals and nurses involved usually keep silent. Few healthcare providers admit making mistakes. Even fewer doctors or hospitals ever voluntarily take responsibility for the harm they cause. That is usually when we are asked to assist the patient and the patient's family.

Heart Attack & Medical Malpractice

January 15, 2009 by Tony Caggiano

Chest pain, shortness of breath and difficulty talking are hallmark signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Few people would need a medical degree to know that anyone with those complaints needs to get to a hospital without delay. Yet, as Orlando medical malpractice lawyers we have seen patients arrive in emergency departments with these conditions only to be told that they are fine.
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Even more amazing, patients with classic signs and symptoms of a heart attack have undergone cardiac testing that reveals serious abnormalities and they too have been discharged from the hospital. Yet, how can this happen in Orlando hospitals? Sadly, too many healthcare workers do not realize the importance of being entrusted with the health and well-being of their patients. It is too easy to get into the mindset of treating people as numbers. This is especially true when hospitals do not adequately staff their facilities or provide sufficient supervision.

Is there any excuse for an obvious heart attack patient being neglected? Sadly, when even the most obvious cases of medical malpractice happen, the hospitals and doctors involved rarely admit fault. Instead, the hospitals and their teams of medical malpractice lawyers "circle the wagons" and tries to avoid being held responsible.


Orlando Medical Doctor & Malpractice Lawyer Makes a Difference

December 29, 2008 by Tony Caggiano

As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we have developed successful approaches to this complex area of law. Dr. Walter Ward is one of the few lawyers in Florida who is also a medical doctor. As a medical doctor and lawyer he brings unique training and experience to examination of the medical doctors and hospital personnel involved in our clients malpractice.

Whether the medical malpractice case involves a failure to diagnosis cancer or to promptly treat a heart attack, a medical doctor/lawyer has obvious advantages. In addition, our law firm has a board certified civil trial lawyer and a critical care registered nurse on our trial team. From more than 20 years of trial work in medical malpractice cases, we have learned to take on the giants in the Orlando area. Whether the medical malpractice occurred at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida Hospital Orlando or one of the many medical facilities, we understand the many challenging issues involved. Our clients trust us to deal with devastating injury and death caused by careless medical providers.

Sadly, we find that most incidents of medical malpractice could have been easily prevented. Medication errors, operating on the wrong extremity and striking unconscious patients with medical equipment should never happen. Yet, when even the most obvious medical malpractice occurs Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital Orlando may deny responsibility. Fortunately, these hospitals can only run for so long. No matter how much power and influence, even these giants will have to answer in court for their medical malpractice.

Florida Hospital Orlando Medical Malpractice

December 15, 2008 by Tony Caggiano

If a patient undergoes a heart catheterization procedure at Florida Hospital Orlando, is it too much to expect the nurses to stay with the patient when they first get him out of bed? As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers we have seen many incidents where Orlando hospitals have failed to protect their patients when they are getting out of bed. Many patients who have undergone a significant procedure and those who have been confined to bed for an extended period of time should never be left alone when first allowed out of bed.

Most people who seek our help are decent, honest people who never thought about the fact that hospitals are in the business of making money. While many hospitals do many positive things, patient care is not the first priority. Hospital CEOs understand that profit is a priority.

While businesses are created to make money, when it comes to hospitals and other health care facilities, people's lives and safety should be the first priority. Sadly, when staffing is cut to improve profits, it is the patients who suffer. When injury or death occurs these hospitals should take responsibility for the harm done. Unfortunately, that rarely occurs. Hospitals understand that many patients will never realize that medical malpractice has occurred. Obviously, if a patient does not contact an Orlando medical malpractice lawyer when questions about the medical care and injury arise, the Orlando hospital will not be held accountable for its wrongdoing.

Orlando Medical Doctor-Lawyer Celebrates Medical Malpractice Success

November 22, 2008 by Tony Caggiano

Orlando Medical malpractice cases are complex, expensive and very difficult for patients to win. Doctors and hospitals and the medical malpractice lawyers who defend them have become skilled at creating excuses and blaming patients to avoid responsibility for medical malpractice. Indeed, when a patient suffers injury or death at an Orlando hospital, patients should contact lawyers who have a long record of success in medical malpractice cases.

Walter Ward, MD, JD is both a medical doctor and a lawyer who has devoted his professional life to representing medical malpractice clients. As a medical doctor/lawyer Dr. Ward can quickly analyze the medical circumstances involved. Time is important since there is always the risk of hospital and medical records being changed or destroyed. While no one wants to believe that such tactics occur, obtaining complete and accurate hospital and medical records are crucial to a successful medical malpractice case.

As a medical doctor/lawyer, Dr. Ward is familiar with the record-keeping requirements and what is expected in a medical or hospital chart. That expertise helps to prevent hospitals from omitting important records necessary to prove a case. Having handled medical malpractice cases for more than thirty-five years, Dr. Ward has successfully brought claims against hospitals throughout Florida.

Time-Limits in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

November 10, 2008 by Tony Caggiano

As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers we regret the many people who have contacted us when it was too late to bring any medical malpractice lawsuit. As we have explained all to often, there is only a certain amount of time that patients have to seek justice for injury or death caused by medical malpractice. While there are many unique circumstances which need to be considered to determine the applicable statute of limitation for each case, as a general matter it would be wise to seek out the services of a lawyer specializing in medical malpractice as soon as there is any question about the medical care involved.
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By doing so, the medical and hospital records, the evidence necessary to evaluate and prove that medical malpractice has occurred can be gathered before being lost or changed. Sadly, we have had cases where records appeared to be missing or altered to protect the healthcare providers. If records are gathered right away there is less chance of that happening.

In addition, before a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed it is necessary not only to gather the necessary medical and hospital records, but an independent, qualified medical expert must be located. This medical expert must be willing to review the medical records and sign a statement that supports the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit. All this takes time.

Orlando Medical Malpractice Costs

October 12, 2008 by Tony Caggiano

Orlando medical malpractice continues at Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital. As Orlando medical malpractice lawyers, we find that recent federal regulations may increase hospital costs when medical malpractice happens. Medicare, the largest insurance provider in the country, announced that it will no longer be financially responsible for the costs of hospital’s medical errors, nor will these costs be pinned on patients themselves.

According to a study by The Institute of Medicine, conducted in 1999, preventable medical errors cause the deaths of 44,000-98,000 people each year. These deaths are the result of many preventable errors dealing with misdiagnosis, improper treatment, and inadequate preventative care.

Some of the medical malpractice that Medicaid will no longer pay for include (1)Incompatible blood transfusions, (2) Development of infections after certain surgeries,(3)A second operation to retrieve a sponge left from initial operation,(4) Serious bed sores, (5) Injuries from certain falls and (6) Urinary tract infections caused by catheters.

Surprisingly, this new enforcement offers little financial benefit to the insurance companies, according to a The New York Times report. Instead, the new rule is acting as a catalyst to move medical professionals in the direction of preventative care. This step is hoped to support the transition from focusing on quantity of care to focusing on the quality of medical care.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on medical issues, recently recommended that payments to some hospitals be reduced if those hospitals experience high readmission rates. Furthermore, Medicare is offering bonuses to hospitals that merely report their quality measures, yet another incentive for hospitals to become more accurate.

The approach Medicare is taking has been adopted by other insurance companies: both private and public and even by some state laws. Maine was the first state to ban payment for hospital error all together and at least 20 states have laws requiring hospitals to report to the public if they make a preventable mistake.

Perhaps, this new approach will help limit medical errors. Reportedly, some hospitals are taking initiative by collaborating with each other; trying to discover common problems they all face and discussing possible solutions to them. Certainly Orlando Regional Medical Center and Florida Hospital, like all hospitals, can do more to reduce medical errors and medical malpractice.