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Doctor Charged With Homicide After Overprescribing Painkillers to Patients

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There are many types of mistakes doctors can make that can cause a patient harm, but medication errors are some of the most common. These can include not only giving the patient the wrong type of medication, but also overprescribing certain drugs. The Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain one doctor in the state is now facing criminal charges in connection to allegations he prescribed excessive amounts of dangerous painkillers to some patients, which ultimately led to the deaths of eight individuals.

According to a story from KLTV 7 News, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics stated the doctor did not accept any forms of insurance from patients and that he prescribed more than 3.5 million pills to patients within a one-year time frame. Three patients died the day after receiving their prescriptions and another died after causing a traffic collision that claimed another motorist’s life as well.

The doctor surrendered his license to practice medicine in the state of Oklahoma on December 13, after facing accusations of unethical behavior and negligence in connection to the deaths of his patients. He was then arrested last Friday at a Kilgore, Texas, residence on nine counts of homicide.

J. Colbert and his team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers a medication error can pose and encourage anyone who has been harmed by a drug prescribed by a doctor to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney immediately.

Dentist Found Responsible For Transmitting Infectious Diseases Among Patients

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The law requires all medical doctors to follow certain standards and procedures to protect the health and safety of their patients. Failure to these standards that results in a patient death or injury could lead to the doctor, facilities, and staff being held liable.

The Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain one such case came to light in Oklahoma after health officials determined a dentist and his practice were responsible for spreading infectious diseases, including Hepatitis C, amongst patients.

According to an article from the University Herald, an investigation into the dental practice discovered the doctor had used rusty, unsanitary equipment to perform procedures on patients. Furthermore, staff was found to be reusing needles on patients. These practices led to the first cases of patient-to-patient transmission of Hepatitis C in the nation.

Officials prompted more than 4,200 of the doctor’s former patients to undergo testing for disease. The results determined 89 patients had tested positive for Hepatitis C, five for Hepatitis B, and four for HIV/AIDS.

Since then, the doctor’s practice has been shut down. He is also facing criminal as well as civil litigation in the future. Five former patients have already filed lawsuits claiming the negligence and actions of the doctor and his staff were directly responsible for their conditions.

J. Colbert’s team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers is hopeful a decision in these cases brings a sense of closure to the incident for the victims.

Oklahoma Doctor Possibly Facing Charges for Exposing Patients to Disease

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A dentist, who has faced allegations of Oklahoma Medical Malpractice in the past, may be held criminally liable for exposing thousands of patients to deadly diseases.

When Tulsa County Health Inspectors examined the office of the doctor, they found he was not following standards for infection control. They determined the doctor had potentially exposed approximately 7,000 patients to diseases like Hepatitis and HIV.

According to Oklahoma’s 9 News, letters have been sent to patients explaining the situation and urging them to be tested for the diseases. However, no action has been brought against the doctor. Susan Rogers, head of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry stated she has met with Tulsa County District Attorney, Tim Harris, about pressing charges against the doctor.

Officials say the incident shows how important it is for patients to be aware of the standards for infection control established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients should also be comfortable asking their dentist questions about the care and procedures they are receiving.

A local dentist, Dr. C. Todd Bridges, explained most doctors are proud of the precautions they take to keep patients safe and should be more than happy to discuss safety protocols with patients.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say doctors have a responsibility to protect patient safety. The firm may be able to help if you have been harmed while under the care of a physician.

Oklahoma Court of Appeals Upholds Decision to Pull Doctor’s Medical Privileges

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Last week, the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals reached a consensus to uphold a Tulsa hospital’s decision to suspend a doctor’s medical privileges following two botched surgeries.

The Muskogee Phoenix reports that in June 2003, the doctor performed surgeries on two separate patients with advanced-stage lung cancer at St. John’s Medical Center in an attempt to remove tumor growths. One of the patients died a few days following the surgery, and the other was left permanently disfigured.

The hospital launched an investigation and concluded “there was an inadequate workup” before the procedures. St. John’s subsequently pulled the doctor’s medical privileges. In response, the doctor filed a lawsuit against the hospital and demanded a hearing.

Attorneys for the doctor argued that a 30 year career with no claims of Oklahoma medical malpractice should outweigh the negative outcomes of the two surgeries in question. However, U.S. District Judge Thomas R. Brett agreed with the hospital’s decision and dismissed the suit.

This past Friday, the Court of Appeals upheld Judge Brett’s decision, adding, “Failure to employ extensive workup and staging reflected a gross deviation in medical judgment.”

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers believe that doctors have a responsibility to protect a patient’s well-being at all times and would encourage anyone who has suffered an injury during the course of medical treatment to discuss their case with a qualified attorney.

Research Shows That Colonic Irrigation Is A Dangerous Procedure

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There are many people who believe colon cleansing procedures are the key to better overall health, preventing cancer and providing a number of health benefits to a patient, including:

  • removing bodily toxins,
  • promoting growth of healthy intestinal bacteria,
  • boosting energy,
  • and enhancing you immune system.

However, a recent study has shown that the procedure may be more dangerous than beneficial.

According to Oklahoma’s 9 News, research from Georgetown University has shown the procedure offers no health benefits and can be very dangerous. The results, which were published in The Journal of Family Practice, concluded that the procedure resulted in patients suffering a number of side effects ranging from cramping to kidney failure.

In other cases, more serious side effects were reported and include:

  • colon and/or rectal perforation,
  • sepsis,
  • and death.

Many of these injuries can leave patients requiring the use of a colostomy bag for the rest of their lives.

Despite the dangers of this procedure, experts say that poorly trained individuals are still conducting the procedures, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has no authority to oversee the products used.

The Oklahoma Medical Malpractice Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers hope that understanding and educating the public about Colon Cleansing Dangers will help to persuade people that colon cleansing is an unnecessary procedure that they should stay away from. If you know someone who is considering the procedure, ask them to consider otherwise.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices Have Higher Risk Of Complications

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MedPage Today says that a new British study concluded patients who received metal-on-metal (MOM) total hip replacements much more commonly had to undergo revision surgery within five years due to complications and/or problems than those with other types of implants.

Researchers with the National Joint Registry of England and Wales collected data from more than 400,000 case files of patients who underwent total hip replacement surgeries between the years of 2003 and 2011. Of those cases, 31,171 involved metal on metal replacements.

Results showed that MOM hip replacements had a 6.2 percent cumulative risk of revision within five years, versus 3.3 percent for ceramic-on-ceramic and 1.8 percent for metal-on-polyethylene devices.

Women, especially younger women, with MOM hip replacements tended to be at a higher risk of device malfunction within the five-year time frame as well. Women aged 55-years-old had a 4.8 percent risk of revision versus a 70-year-old woman’s 2.6 percent risk with the same device. Women also tended to be at a greater risk of device malfunction than men.

Problems associated with hip replacement malfunctions include inflammation and infection from particles to ions from metal particles being absorbed into the body.

The Oklahoma DePuy Hip Replacement Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers may be able to help you if you are suffering from complications associated with a hip replacement device. Call us today at 1-877-579-6800 to discuss any questions you may have.