From news reports, Central Florida residents learned that Altamonte Springs-based Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare (known to our community by its trade names, “Florida Hospital” and “Florida Hospital Medical Group”) was accused by the Department of Justice of knowingly administering potentially contaminated chemotherapy drugs to patients. “The fact that Adventist Health admitted to improper acts and agreed to pay $2.09 million to the federal government is not going to restore public faith,” explains Orlando medical malpractice attorney Jeff Badgley. “The fact is, hospital medical malpractice is rampant in Central Florida, and our community has good reason to be concerned.”
In our last post about Barbara Dawson, the Florida woman who died after being forcibly removed from a hospital where she sought medical treatment, we wondered whether Calhoun Liberty Hospital would be sued for medical malpractice and charged with dumping under EMTALA law. The verdict is in, and it’s not pretty: while no lawsuits against Calhoun Liberty have been reported yet, the hospital has been cited by Florida’s AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) for 10 deficiencies and asked to draft a plan for addressing those issues. Here are more details about this tragic medical malpractice story.
Federal and Florida laws require hospitals to treat patients who arrive with emergency medical conditions. Sadly, these laws did not prevent middle-aged woman Barbara Dawson from becoming the next victim of medical malpractice, and possibly racial and economic discrimination by the very last hospital where she sought help.
For our readers who may become involved in an Orlando lawsuit mediation, you’ll be interested to learn that earlier this month, Mayor Buddy Dyer declared the third week of October to be Mediation Week in Orlando. The purpose is to acknowledge that:
- dispute resolution has grown tremendously
- mediation is one of several appropriate dispute resolution processes;
- there are multiple paths to justice;
- and the concentrated expertise of dispute resolution practitioners is helping parties find lasting solutions to complex problems.
So, how does this relate to medical malpractice lawsuits, and the services provided by Badgley Law Group in Orlando, Florida?
Florida families who lose a father, mother, son or daughter as a result of medical malpractice may be forced to file a lawsuit when the doctor or hospital refuses to accept responsibility. Most families are surprised to learn that the Florida legislature placed a limit on what they can recover. Fortunately, the Florida Supreme Court has restored justice by ruling that this law, passed in 2003, is unconstitutional, and can not be used to deny the full measure of damages determined by a jury in a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit.