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Ebola Jokes. Too Soon? Consensus Is Yes.

Joking about Ebola is not only not yet ‘ripe’ for actual comedy just yet in most cases, it can also land you in jail and/or result in profuse Read More »

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Alabama Adopts Worst Lethal Injection Protocol Yet

In a move of jaw-dropping medical ignorance, the state of Alabama has adopted a 3 drug lethal injection protocol guaranteed to torture condemned prisoners as they are executed. Perhaps Read More »

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ER Doc Drugs, Rapes, Murders Pregnant Woman, Whines About Sentence

23 year-old Deanna Ballman told her mother over the telephone that she was going to clean a house for someone who had posted an ad on Craigslist. The next Read More »

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AZ Botched Execution Used 15X Drug Quantities In Protocol

Arizona, following the example of the state of Ohio, employed a previously untried combination of two drugs, midazolam and hydromorphone, with even worse results than the botched Read More »

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Docs Say Man Lied About Circumcision Turned Amputation

“Drop your pants sir” would be Law Med’s opening request to Mr. Johnny Lee Banks Jr, 56, of Birmingham, Alabama. In fact Mr. Banks likely has a line of Read More »

Ebola Jokes. Too Soon? Consensus Is Yes.

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Joking about Ebola is not only not yet ‘ripe’ for actual comedy just yet in most cases, it can also land you in jail and/or result in profuse apologies. Now don’t get me wrong, Lawmed can find humor in just about anything, but the hilarity factor of Ebola jokes/pranks most often leaves an audience flat, and likely hostile, and the jokester potentially in jail but frequently full of regret. Here are some examples:

From NBC Sports:

The Jaguars hosted the Steelers on Sunday afternoon, which meant that a lot of Steelers fans brought their Terrible Towels with them to EverBank Field.

Jaguars mascot Jaxson DeVille responded by making a sign informing those in attendance that “towels carry Ebola.” The joke equating the towels with the spread of a disease that has claimed thousands of lives was unsurprisingly met with a negative reaction that prompted Jaguars president Mark Lamping to

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Man Wakes From Colonoscopy Dressed In Pink Panties, Sues

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Dover, DE – Andrew Walls, 32,was an employee at the Delaware Surgery Center when he underwent  a colonoscopy at the facility on Oct. 12, 2012. Apparently he had some co-workers who had difficulty determining where to draw the line with practical jokes since when he awakened he was wearing a pair of pink women’s underwear. He was un-amused and now he is suing the facility and the surgical group of the physician who did his procedure, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress. To succeed Walls will have to prove actual damages (lost wages, medical bills for treatment of his distressed state, etc.). The complaint lists mental anguish, lost wages and loss of earning capacity which deserve compensation.

“The defendant’s extreme and outrageous conduct went beyond all possible bounds of decency,” wrote attorney Gary Nitsche in the complaint on behalf of Walls. “When the plaintiff recovered from the effects of the … (Continued...)

Mom Jailed For Removing 3 y/o With Broken Neck From Hospital

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Aliya Bey, 32, of Homewood, Pa. has been jailed on a charge of Child Endangerment after removing her daughter from the hospital because she was “tired of waiting.” The 3-year-old had been complaining of a stiff neck so mom took her to Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh on Monday. X-rays there revealed a C2 fracture. Fractures of Cervical vertebrae #2 are incredibly dangerous and can shift, resulting in spinal cord damage which causes the victim to stop breathing due to paralysis of the diaphragm.

From Shadyside the girl was then transported to Children’s Hospital for treatment. According to hospital staff Bey left against medical advice because she was tired of being there. A physician called authorities and the hunt was on for Bey and her time-bomb neck fractured child. Neither could be found at their home initially and it apparently took several days to locate them. Ms. Bey was arraigned Saturday … (Continued...)

Alabama Adopts Worst Lethal Injection Protocol Yet

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In a move of jaw-dropping medical ignorance, the state of Alabama has adopted a 3 drug lethal injection protocol guaranteed to torture condemned prisoners as they are executed. Perhaps however Alabama’s intention is to simply kill their death row inmates efficiently and without prisoners being able to express their agony to witnesses observing from behind the glass partition. In that case they have chosen a perfect drug combination. But if that is the case then Alabama needs to tell its citizens and the world just that.

Christopher Lee Price was convicted of capital murder for the 1991 killing of Bill Lynn, a minister he stabbed 38 times during the course of a robbery. After a sentencing hearing, the jury returned an advisory verdict recommending, by a vote of 10 to 2, that Price be sentenced to death by electrocution. After holding a separate sentencing hearing, the trial court sentenced Price … (Continued...)

Anesthesiologist Shoots Nurse Bride And Self Hours After Wedding

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Terre Haute, IN – Dr. George Sampson, an anesthesiologist at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, and nurse Kelly Ecker were married last Saturday afternoon. Before the reception was over the couple was arguing and the groom had gone home alone. At a post-reception party at the couple’s home guests noticed a continued strained relationship between the two. Shortly after the last guest had left, Ecker made three 911 calls desperately pleading for help, saying her husband was beating her and she feared for her life. Unfortunately she gave the wrong numbers for her address using a cell phone with the GPS turned off and by the time police arrived both she and her new husband lay dead from gunshot wounds.

From CNN, IndyStar and local authorities:

When deputies arrived on the scene, they were met at the door by an elderly male relative of Samson’s, authorities said. “He directed … (Continued...)

ER Doc Drugs, Rapes, Murders Pregnant Woman, Whines About Sentence

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23 year-old Deanna Ballman told her mother over the telephone that she was going to clean a house for someone who had posted an ad on Craigslist. The next day, August 1, 2012, she was found in her car dead of an apparent heroin overdose on a country road near Westerville, Ohio. However Ballman, a mother of two who was 9 months pregnant, did not use drugs. Detectives went to work.

A suspect soon emerged and in October of 2013, Ali Salim, 44, an Emergency Room physician and psychiatrist, pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter (one each for Ballman and her unborn child), one count of tampering with evidence and one count of abuse of a corpse.  Salim also entered an Alford plea to a count of rape (a type of guilty plea where he maintains his innocence but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him).

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Recent Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Lawsuits and News

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$4 Million Awarded to Plaintiff in Alabama Medical Malpractice Case

AL.com JASPER, Alabama – A Carbon Hill woman, who claims her husband died in 2008 because a doctor mistook symptoms of a heart attack for a stomach illness, has been awarded $4 million by a Walker County jury.

The jury verdict in favor of Donna Hallmark came Tuesday night after a 7-day medical malpractice trial before Circuit Judge Hoyt M. Elliott.

One of Hallmark’s attorneys, Jamie Moncus, said he believes the $4 million verdict is a record for a medical malpractice case in Walker County and hopes it sends a message to doctors, particularly emergency room physicians.

“This was a very important case to set the standard for what ER doctors must do before sending a sick patient home,” Moncus stated in a comment emailed to AL.com. Read more HERE.

 

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IL Nurse Arrested By FBI On Medicare Fraud Charges

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From the FBI press release dated July 29, 2014:

CHICAGO—A registered nurse who operates a suburban health care provider that sends physicians to patients’ homes was arrested today on a federal health care fraud charge. The defendant, DIANA JOCELYN GUMILA, who manages Suburban Home Physicians, doing business as Doctor At Home, was charged with health care fraud in a criminal complaint that was unsealed upon her arrest. The complaint alleges a scheme to defraud Medicare by falsely certifying patients as being confined to their homes and requiring home health services; falsely increasing, or “upcoding,” claims for services; over-scheduling and double-billing patient visits, submitting false claims for providing extensive oversight of patients’ home health services, and billing for tests that were not medically necessary.

Gumila, 45, a licensed registered nurse in Illinois since 1991, was scheduled to appear at 3 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young Kim in U.S. District … (Continued...)

S.C. Physician Cooked Nine Dogs In His Car, Jailed

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Mt. Pleasant, S.C.- Dr.Charles A. Bickerstaff, 64, of James Island, S.C. has been arrested on nine counts of animal cruelty after leaving nine Cavalier King Charles Spaniels locked in his car for three hours on a hot day. All nine of the animals died.

Staff at the Mt. Pleasant Emergency Animal Hospital called 911 when a man showed up with 6 dead dogs saying they has “passed out”. All exhibited rigor mortis and had signs of Disseminating Intravascualr Coagulation (DIC). DIC is a condition where blood clots form throughout the body’s small blood vessels which block blood flow to vital organs.

Bickerstaff admitted he had left the dogs in his car on a day which had a 90.6 degree heat index. “This is a medical doctor. This is not acceptable,” said the woman who called 911 from Mount Pleasant Emergency Vet. “He had asked, ‘So, leaving the windows open is … (Continued...)

AZ Botched Execution Used 15X Drug Quantities In Protocol

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Arizona, following the example of the state of Ohio, employed a previously untried combination of two drugs, midazolam and hydromorphone, with even worse results than the botched Ohio experience back in January. Joseph Wood, 55, a convicted double murderer, gasped more than 600 times over an hour and forty minutes while stunned witnesses looked on.

“At a certain point you wondered if he ever was going to die,” reporter Troy Hayden said.

“The execution commenced at 1:52 p.m. at the Arizona State Prison Complex (ASPC) – Florence. He was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m,” a statement from Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne said.

“I’ve never witnessed an execution that took that long,” Wood’s federal public defender, Dale Baich, told NBC News. “The state of Arizona today conducted a failed experiment. … It was horrible to watch.” Midway through the event Baich filed an emergency petition in federal court asking … (Continued...)

Docs Say Man Lied About Circumcision Turned Amputation

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“Drop your pants sir” would be Law Med’s opening request to Mr. Johnny Lee Banks Jr, 56, of Birmingham, Alabama. In fact Mr. Banks likely has a line of folks waiting for him to do just that after his lawyer, John Graves, filed a lawsuit on July 22 claiming his client had consented to a circumcision but woke up with his penis amputated and no explanation for why his member was removed.

The lawsuit names two urologists, Drs. Michael Bivins and Alan Aikens as well as Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham. The suit also names Urology Centers of Alabama, where Bivins works, and Simon-Williamson Clinic, where Aikens works. However a motion to dismiss the case filed by the physicians claims that while Banks, who has a host of serious medical problems, has been treated by them both, the two never performed a circumcision on him much less an amputation. … (Continued...)