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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 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 »

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Oklahoma Botches Execution Using New Drug Protocol, But Kills Inmate

OK…here it is in a nutshell: Oklahoma, like other states, can’t get the drugs it wants for its executions because manufacturers around the world have united in their refusal Read More »

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Doctor Leaves, Nurse Flees, Parents Deliver Own Baby – Some Perspective [VIDEO]

Picture it. It is after midnight on Sunday at a 400 bed medical facility that professes to be “one of the busiest maternity hospitals” in the county. Read More »

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...)

PA Woman Poses As Dr, Gives Truckers Physicals In Her House

From PA State Police

A suspicious truck driver turned undercover sleuth after being given a physical required for his commercial driver’s license at the home of Joann Elizabeth Wingate, 56. The trucker answered an ad offering the required physical for $65 posted at the Blue Beacon Truck Wash in Middlesex Township, Pa.

After contacting the number listed, he said a “Dr. Wingate” picked him up and brought him back to her home where she performed the physical which included “everything that a doctor would normally do,” he told state police, according to Penn Live, including a urinalysis. The trucker became suspicious when his physical was rejected by the California Department of Transportation.

After checking on Wingate’s credentials online, he decided to return to her home office for a second visit.While there he photographed her displayed medical certificate and gave it to Pennsylvania state police.

Investigators found that not only did Wingate have two chiropractic … (Continued...)

Breaking Healthcare News May 8, 2014

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Dentist Pulls All Of 23 y/o’s Healthy Teeth For No Good Reason

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St. Louis, MO – A dentist pulled 28 healthy teeth from a 23-year-old man’s mouth for no good reason, charging more than $5,000 to a credit card belonging to the man’s mother claims a lawsuit filed in St. Louis County Court. Mark D. Meyers, DDS, saw Skylar King in his office for an abscessed tooth. Meyers told the King that not only did the tooth with the abscess need to come out, but in fact every single tooth in his mouth had to be removed to be replaced by implants or dentures. Meyers said that if all the teeth were not pulled King could die of blood poisoning. Two days later King returned to the office and had x-rays done of his entire mouth. After viewing the x-rays and determining that King’s mother had a credit card on which $5,235 could be, and was, charged, Meyers removed all 32 of… (Continued...)

Oklahoma Botches Execution Using New Drug Protocol, But Kills Inmate

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OK…here it is in a nutshell: Oklahoma, like other states, can’t get the drugs it wants for its executions because manufacturers around the world have united in their refusal to sell drugs for the purpose of lethal injection. So Oklahoma, like some other states, enacted laws which make the manufacturer and seller of their execution drugs a state secret not to be revealed to ANYONE, even a court, no matter what. This allows these states to go hunting for their drugs using less traditional, and even illegal, methods and sources, promising their new drug dealers that no one will know who they are or how the drug deal transpired. Even with these hidden transactions states are still unable to obtain their preferred drugs so they have turned to other, very different acting medications they presume should kill their condemned prisoners using dosages their best guess determines. So on April 29th… (Continued...)

Breaking Healthcare News May 2, 2014

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