Medical Risk Law Weekly News

Week of: August 20, 2020

IN THE NEWS


Outbreak of Life-Threatening Acute Flaccid Myelitis Expected

On August 4, 2020, the CDC alerted health care providers to a possible outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), an uncommon but serious neurologic condition that affects mostly children. The disease has peaked in the United States between August and November every two years since 2014. Enteroviruses, particularly enterovirus-D68 (EV-D68), are likely responsible for these peaks in cases. Click title to access the full article.

 

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


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New IV Opioid for Use in Hospitals, Other Controlled Clinical Settings

On August 7, 2020, the FDA authorized Trevena Inc. to market Olinvyk (oliceridine), an opioid agonist for the management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults, where the pain is severe enough to require an intravenous opioid and alternative treatments are inadequate. Click title to access the full article.

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Prescription Painkillers: Risks for Patients, Pharmacists, and Physicians

 

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

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Physician and Manufacturer Risks for Pain Pump Injuries: Malpractice, Negligence, and Products Liability

 

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

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Off-Label Use of Prescriptions: When is this Medical Malpractice? Is the Pharmaceutical Company Liable for Overpromotion?


  CASE ALERTS


Bladder Rupture after Diagnostic Laparoscopy; Expert Testimony

A patient with a history of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), delivery of a child via cesarean section, and gall bladder removal, presented to a gynecologist complaining of persistent pain in the lower left quadrant of the abdomen. The gynecologist first prescribed several types of birth control because the pelvic pains seem to be related to the patient’s menstrual cycle. However, the patient continued to experience pain. Click title to access the full article.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Endometriosis Risks: Internal Pain, External Liability

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Intrauterine Device Risks and Liability Considerations



Failure to Timely Diagnose Glaucoma; Disclosing Providers

A patient presented to the emergency room (ER) complaining of a headache with bilateral pain around the eyes. ER staff evaluated the patient and admitted the patient to the hospital to determine the cause of the headache. Hospital staff performed a variety of diagnostic tests. Ultimately, hospital staff determined an ophthalmologist examination was necessary to diagnose the patient’s condition. The hospital did not have an ophthalmologist on staff. Click title to access the full article.

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Injuries Resulting From Laser Procedures: Risks for Physicians, Technicians, and Manufacturers

 

Medical Risk Law Report: When Cataract Treatment Creates More Harm Than Cure: Malpractice Liability Issues

 

Medical Risk Law Report: When Urgency Leads to Errors: Liability for Emergency Care



Impairment Ratings by Workers’ Compensation Medical Panels

An employee was injured when a 300-pound metal trestle the employee was loading onto a forklift fell, temporarily pinning the employee and bending the employee’s left knee inward. The employee underwent an MRI that day and was diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear and “compressive bone marrow edema and microfractures involving the postoerolateral aspect of both the lateral femoral condyle and the fibular head.” Click title to access the full article.

 

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

 

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

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Prescription Painkillers: Risks for Patients, Pharmacists, and Physicians 

 

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

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Physician and Manufacturer Risks for Pain Pump Injuries: Malpractice, Negligence, and Products Liability