Medical Risk Law Weekly News

Week of: June 25, 2020


COVID-19 Spread at Events and Gatherings

On June 12, 2020, the CDC issued guidelines for events and gatherings to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 and resumed telebriefings on COVID-19 for the first time since March 10, 2020. At the telebriefing, CDC Director Robert Redfield, M.D., thanked Americans for, “being selfless in taking on the precautions that we have requested of social distancing, wearing a face covering, and hand hygiene to protect the most vulnerable from the threat of COVID-19.” Click title to access full article.


Medical Risk Law Report: Pneumonia Complications, Hospitalizations, Deaths: Risks and Liabilities 


Medical Risk Law Report: Asthma Risks and Liabilities: Taking a Deep Breath


Medical Risk Law Report: Blood Draws, Testing, Transfusions: Venipuncture Injury, Inaccurate Results, Tainted Blood - The Liability Risks


Medical Risk Law Report: Vectors of Risk: Zika, West Nile, and Similar Tick and Mosquito Disease Litigation 


Medical Risk Law Report: Nursing Home Injuries: Acute Risks for Subacute and Skilled Nursing Care 


Medical Risk Law Report: Risks in Caring for Patients with Cognitive Impairments: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia


New Drug to Treat Pediatric HIV

On June 12, 2020, the FDA authorized ViiV Healthcare to market Tivicay (dolutegravir) tablets and Tivicay PD (dolutegravir) tablets for suspension to treat HIV-1 infection in pediatric patients at least four weeks old and weighing at least three kilograms (6.61 pounds) in combination with other antiretroviral treatments. Click title to access full article.


Medical Risk Law Report: Drugs, Dosage, and Damage: Physician Liability for Prescribing or Administering Medication


Medical Risk Law Report: Pediatrician Liability Involving Diseases and Conditions of Childhood 


Brain Injury during Lung Surgery; Res Ipsa Loquitur Inapplicable

A patient underwent robotic lung surgery to remove the lower lobe of one lung and examine the remaining lung tissue for non-small cell carcinoma, the most common type of lung cancer. During the surgery, the patient developed possible arterial bleeding. The patient became hypotensive, low blood pressure. The patient suffered an anoxic brain injury, damage to brain cells due to lack of oxygen. The patient emerged from surgery unresponsive and died a week later. Click title to access full article.


Medical Risk Law Report: Anesthesiology Errors: Complications, Malpractice, and Catastrophe


Medical Risk Law Report: Burns Related to Surgery or Other Medical Treatment: Hot Liability Issues


Medical Risk Law Report: Out of Surgery and Into Recovery: Post-Op Risks


Medical Risk Law Report: Retained Surgical Items: Internal Risks and Liabilities


Medical Risk Law Report: Surgical Misidentification: Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Patient 


Medical Risk Law Report: More Than Skin Deep: Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis and Other Liability Issues


Medical Risk Law Report: Mistakes in Diagnosing Cancer: Liability Concerns for Misdiagnosis, Failure to Diagnose, and Delayed Diagnosis


Medical Risk Law Report: Chemotherapy: Risks and Liabilities When the Treatment Is Toxic

Failure to Diagnose Postsurgical Circulatory Problem; Expert Issue

A patient underwent a gallbladder removal procedure. Three days after discharge, the patient was readmitted to the hospital for complications from the procedure. Subsequently, the patient was transferred to a medical center. Click to access full article.


Medical Risk Law Report: Gut-Wrenching Pain: Liability Risks Related to Gastrointestinal Disorders


Medical Risk Law Report: Urological Disorders and Urinary Dysfunction: Litigation Caution Signs 


Medical Risk Law Report: Out of Surgery and Into Recovery: Post-Op Risks

Susceptibility Claims Compensable in Alaska Workers’ Compensation

An employee with diabetes and a related foot condition developed a foot infection while working at a remote site. The employee required extensive medical treatment for the foot and was unable to return to work. Click title to access full article.


Medical Risk Law Report: Diabetes and Its Complications: Malpractice and Other Liability Issues 


Medical Risk Law Report: When Pain is the Only Proof: Subjective Impairments


Medical Risk Law Report: Independent Medical Evaluations: Legal Risks and Responsibilities


Medical Risk Law Report: How Risky is Going to the Hospital? The Dangers and Liabilities of Healthcare-Associated Infections


Medical Risk Law Report: Hospital-Acquired Infections: Who is Liable and Why?