A father is suing HCA Florida Kendall Hospital after an employee posted a photo on Instagram of his dead son in the operating room after a motorcycle accident. Jose Lopez – who is suing for breach of medical confidentiality, negligence, and emotional distress – the employee shared the photo with emojis and tagged a colleague in the post . (Miami New Times)
Jonathan Buckelew, a Georgia man who died after being locked up after allegedly delaying his stroke diagnosis, won $75 million after a 3-week trial. The jury found the emergency physician 60% responsible for the malpractice, and the neurologist 40% responsible, according to a press release from the law firm.
A jury has awarded more than $21 million to the family of a 27-year-old man who was left in a coma after undergoing routine surgery to treat his broken leg. Carlos David Rojas suffered from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy while undergoing surgery to repair his left tibia after falling from a ladder while doing his job hanging Christmas lights. (FOX4)
Five California doctors are suing Governor Gavin Newsom (D) and the California Board of Health over a new state law aimed at curbing COVID-19 misinformation in patient care settings. according to the release.
Alyssa Beth Steele of Anderson, South Carolina, is charged with practicing medicine without a license at seven nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Steele allegedly practiced as a registered nurse without certification or training by using someone else’s nursing license number. (WYFF4)
Froedtert Health sued Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels for allegedly failing to stop using its logo in campaign ads without consent. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Chris Lambros, a former ICU nurse at St. A hospital worker saw Lambros taking pictures of a patient’s genitals. (KKCO11)
The debate over the link between acetaminophen and autism is headed to court, with the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordering 65 individual cases to be consolidated into a mass class action lawsuit, and proving a series of bellwether cases. The nine speakers are CVS, Costco, Family Dollar, Rite Aid, Safeway, Sam’s Warehouse, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. (UP)
In the ongoing UK trial of former nurse Lucy Letby, prosecutors released several handwritten documents allegedly written by Letby. “I killed them because I didn’t want to take care of them,” read one. “I’m not good enough. I’m not going to have kids or get married. I don’t know what a family is like,” added another. (Man)
Electronic health record (EHR) company Modernizing Medicine (ModMed) will pay $45 million to settle claims it offered unfair incentives to applicants. The case revolves around three commercial projects, according to the US Department of Justice. In one, ModMed allegedly solicited and received fees from Miraca Life Sciences to recommend its pathology laboratory services to EHR customers. In another, ModMed allegedly improperly donated its EHR to increase laboratory orders and expand its customer base. Finally, the company said it would pay kickbacks to its health service providers to send more customers.
CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart plan to pay nearly $14 billion to settle allegations of their role in the US opioid epidemic. (Reuters)