Personal Injury Attorney Blog

Edwards & Ragatz

Jacksonville, FL

August 29, 2017

Once again – the line between social media and the law can become a blur

Once again – the line between social media and the law can become a blur The New Mexico Supreme Court is warning judges about the dangers of social media in an opinion that however sidesteps whether the trial judge’s Facebook posts indicated bias.  THE ABA Journal report the New Mexico […]
August 28, 2017

Mirena Lawsuits

Mirena Lawsuits Many of us have heard of an IUD and have heard of Mirena, but don’t actually know what they are. Mirena is a type of intrauterine system, more commonly known as an IUD. But what is that, exactly?  According to the Mirena website, an IUD, or intrauterine device, […]
August 24, 2017

Make sure you ask for additur – if it is granted and the defense denies it, you get a new trial.

Make sure you ask for additur – if it is granted and the defense denies it, you get a new trial. Thomas Wayne Akers II, and his wife Cassandra Akers, filed a personal injury action against Donald Emmons, as a result of an automobile accident. Mr. Akers changed his existing […]
August 22, 2017

Know your surgeon before complex surgery

Know your surgeon before complex surgery. Make sure if you have complex surgery – you go to a surgeon who has experience and has done that surgery before. Do you need complex surgery? Some doctors may not have much practice. The largely unregulated ability of surgeons with minimal expertise to […]
August 21, 2017

Local Nursing Home shut down ventilator program, also on state’s “watch” list

Local Nursing Home shut down ventilator program, also on state’s “watch” list Recently, Avante at Jacksonville Beach moved patients to Ormond Beach for treatment after deciding to shut down its ventilator care program.   Families of these patients are upset that they will have to drive nearly 90 miles to see […]
August 17, 2017

Is your potential claim a medical malpractice claim or an “ordinary negligence” claim?

Is your potential claim a medical malpractice claim or an “ordinary negligence” claim? Recently, an appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against a Broward County hospital and a psychiatrist in the death of a former patient who overdosed a day after being discharged from the hospital. The underlying […]
August 16, 2017

Florida Supreme Court ruling could affect nursing home contracts

Florida Supreme Court ruling could affect nursing home contracts Recently, a divided Florida Supreme Court said it would not reconsider a decision rejecting arbitration in a lawsuit about injuries suffered by a nursing-home resident. Appeals courts across the state in recent years have dealt with questions about the legality of […]
August 14, 2017

Florida Supreme Court extends the medical malpractice law to suicides

Florida Supreme Court extends the medical malpractice law to suicides Florida courts have split over how to apply the medical malpractice law to suicide, treating it  differently than death from diseases like cancer. But now the Florida Supreme Court gave some clarity to the law and how the medical malpractice […]
August 10, 2017

DA releases guidance on post market management of cybersecurity in medical devices

DA releases guidance on post market management of cybersecurity in medical devices Recently I blogged on how there needed to be more security with patient’s medical information and how hackers are taking individuals information and using it to their benefit.  There is another threat that hackers could and will take […]
August 9, 2017

Data Collected as Required by State in Patient Safety Evaluation Systems Not Privileged

Data Collected as Required by State in Patient Safety Evaluation Systems Not Privileged A woman underwent laparoscopic surgery. Following the surgery she died.  The woman’s estate sued the hospital and a number of medical care providers alleging that her death was the result of medical negligence. During discovery, the estate […]
May 8, 2017
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50 Things a Nurse Would Like to Tell You But Won’t – Jacksonville Medical Malpractice Attorney Approved.

January 20, 2015
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Two Jacksonville hospitals are being penalized for their patients receiving high rates of preventable injuries

The Times Union and Action News reports that two Jacksonville-area hospitals are being penalized after a federal agency concluded that their patients receive high rates of preventable injuries during their stays. UF Health Jacksonville and Memorial Hospital Jacksonville will have their Medicare payments cut by 1% through September, according to CMS. […]
January 16, 2015
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Area hospitals perform below national standards for preventing infections

The Florida Times Union reports on an unfortunate problem that area hospitals cannot seem to shake.  We have four hospitals in the Jacksonville area that performed below national standards for preventing infections during patients’ stays, according to a study from the CDC.  UF Health Jacksonville (Shands Jacksonville) was one of seven hospitals […]
July 8, 2013

State orders Miami assisted living facility to close

State health regulators are shutting down a Miami assisted living facility where caregivers illegally tied a frail elderly woman to a wheel chair ” forcing her to sit on a pressure sore for hours.  The resident also suffers from dementia, diabetes, psychosis, and severe physical pain. Investigators determined that the […]