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Edwards & Ragatz

Jacksonville, FL

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 […]
May 21, 2013
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Surgeon Operates On Wrong Side Of Brain, Devastating Patient

A patient receiving treatment for their injuries or illness may require surgery. These procedures put that patient’s body under a great deal of strain and can result in some serious complications. However, these surgeries may go wrong because of the negligence of the doctors or nurses assigned to the surgery. […]
April 2, 2013
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Bad legislation on deck for Florida nursing home residents

A recent story from Jacksonville.com reminds me that nursing homes are constantly trying to get immunity  from being held accountable for the severe abuse that occurs in their nursing homes.  According to the Florida Times Union, emotional testimony from a woman whose mother was sexually assaulted in a Jacksonville nursing […]
March 9, 2013

What surgeons leave behind cost some patients dearly

A recent article appeared in the national newspaper “USA Today” that was fascinating so I had to share.   Peter Eisler penned an article “What surgeons leave behind cost some patients dearly” on March 8, 2013.  He recounted the story of an Alabama woman who had a surgical sponge left in her […]
March 8, 2013
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Nurse refuses to do CPR on elderly woman in a nursing home

A California 911 dispatcher begs a nurse at an independent living facility to perform CPR on an elderly woman who collapsed, fell unconscious and was barely breathing. The call and the response are raising questions over policies at some senior facilities.  During the 911 call, the dispatcher desperately tried to […]
February 15, 2013

Does Florida face another medical malpractice fight this legislative session?

A senate committee has begun considering whether to make changes in Florida’s medical-malpractice laws, reviving a debate that has flared repeatedly during the past decade. As reported by the Saint Peters Times – Judiciary Committee Chairman Tom Lee said he wanted to get a sense of how other lawmakers view a series of proposals […]
January 9, 2013
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Vulnerable Adults are protected under Florida Chapter 415

 Exploitation of Elderly  Elder abuse is a general term used to describe certain types of harm to older adults. Other terms commonly used include: elder mistreatment, senior abuse, abuse in later life, abuse of older adults, abuse of older women, and abuse of older men.  One of the more commonly […]
January 7, 2013
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Thousands of Mistakes Made in Surgery Every Year

Malpractice occurs when a medical professional violates a standard of care. In most cases defining that standard and comparing it against the action of the defendant represents the most contested aspects of the case. But there are some circumstances when there is truly no dispute that the standards were violated. […]