Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Verdict of 19.2 Million Awarded in Florida

In Lee County, Florida, medical malpractice attorneys won a $19.2 million verdict in a medical malpractice suit regarding now 3.5 year-old Kiarra Smith.

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new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers florida kiarra smithKiarra Smith was born 3 months pre-mature and weighed only one and half pounds. Life began as a struggle for the tiny infant. Fifteen days after her birth, Kiarra was given an extreme dosage of nutrients, over 100 times her prescribed dose. The error led to cardiac arrest and other severe complications, including blindness.

Kiarra is permanently injured as a result of the overdose, and will spend the rest of her life in need of constant care. The Lee Memorial Health System commented on the the tragedy, saying:

“We acknowledge that a serious error occurred. Medical experts who reviewed the matter at our request believe that the child’s condition is a result of complications related to her extreme prematurity because she was born three months early and weighed one-and-a-half pounds.”

A Lee County circuit court awarded the Smith family $19.2 million in damages, but due to current malpractice reform caps in Florida, as well as sovereign immunity, the award could be diminished to only $200,000.

Hopefully, Kiarra and her family will receive their due compensation and justice will ultimately be done. Kiarra’s life will surely be one involving special and expensive medical treatment; treatment that $200,000 is never going to cover.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a negligent medical provider, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Our medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to earning compensation for patients who have been seriousley injured by negligent medicine.

Medical Malpractice Suit Settles for $2.5 Million in Boston

Four year old Rebecca Riley died in 2007 from an overdose of psychiatric drugs prescribed by her psychiatrist. Her parents are in jail for her murder. The medical malpractice claim her estate filed settled for $2.5 million, and the money will be dispursed among her siblings. What happened to young Rebecca Riley?

ADHD and Bi-Polar Disorder in a Four Year Old?

Rebecca Riley was seeing Dr. Kayoko Kifuji of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts to be treated for Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as Bi-Polar Disorder, at age four. Her siblings, 11 and 6, were being seen by the same doctor and being treated for the same diseases. While ADHD is a common diagnosis in rambunxious children, Bi-Polar Disorder is uncommonly diagnosed before the age of 25. A red flag should have gone up immediately when 3 children in the same family under the age of 15 were being treated with serious mood altering drugs for illnesses they very well may not have had.

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers dr. kifuji negligence boston During litigation, Dr. Kifuji testified (in return for immunity from prosecution) that she had been fooled by the children’s parents, Carolyn and Michael Riley, who lied about symptoms and mental conditions in order to collect federal disability checks for their offsprings’ alleged behavioral and mental disorders. Many questioned why, after indications that the Rileys could be harming their children, Dr. Kifuji didn’t do more to protect the youngsters.

Carolyn and Michael Riley were tried and convicted last year in seperate trials for murdering their daughter by way off reckless dispensing of prescription drugs.

Tufts Settles for $2.5 Million

Lawyers for Rebecca’s estate decided to settle for Kifuji’s insurance company’s max of $2.5 million to spare the surviving Riley children the drawn out and painful process of a trial. The money will be split up amongst the two children, who have lost their sister, and whose parents are now in jail. Part of the settlement also required Tufts to set up educational and outreach programs for families with children suffering from mental illnesses.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

It’s hard to say who was more negligent regarding the death of young Rebecca Riley. While her parents certainly acted with extreme depravity, Dr. Kufuji, equipped with years of medical education and training, should have been able to spot lies and correctly diagnose the Riley children. Had she acted more pro-actively, perhaps this horrible tragedy never would have taken place.

If you or a loved one have been affected by the actions of a negligent doctor or medical provider, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Don’t let careless medicine go unpunished.

The Mininno Law Office team can earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

CT Scans Causing Radiation Overdoses

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CT scanners are using unnecessarily high levels of radiation in brain perfusion scans, and causing hairloss, burns, scabs, and other worse complications.
This past Sunday, The New York Times published a story on CT Scans and the damage they may be causing to patients. It seems the scanners are emitting dangerous and harmful levels of radiation when patients are getting CT brain perfusion scans, a scan often used to test for strokes. This particular test is exposing patients to radiation overdoses at levels that can cause burns, scabs, significant hair loss, cancer, or even brain damage.

Last summer, after a large number of radiation overdoses began emerging, the FDA set off an investigation into why patients were being bombarded with excess radiation. They have yet to publish findings.

The New York Times investigation found that , nationwide, upwards of 400 patients received radiation overdoses in only 8 hospitals. Six of those hospitals are located in California. A health official in California believes that more cases will undoubtedly surface once other states begin to look into the issue. The Times determined that it is relatively unclear why the overdoses are taking place.
Blame could fall on the shoulders of the technicians, who are not properly using the equipment, or the manufacturers of the equipment, who provide poor design and inadequate training. GE Healthcare, one manufacturer of the scanner, suggests to technicians higher levels of radiation for clearer images, a practice that one expert said is unjustified and potentially dangerous.

Affected By a Radiation Overdose? Contact the Mininno Law Office

Depending on what further investigation determines is the catalyst for these radiation overdoses, victims could potentially file medical malpractice or product liabilty claims.
Radiation is a dangerous technology that must be handled with extreme care. Four hundred patients in 8 hospitals suffering from excessive radiation levels is proposterous.

If you or a loved believe you are suffering from the effects of a radiation overdose, contact the Mininno Law Office. Our New Jersey medical malpractice and defective product attorneys will help in any way possible to determine if you have a case. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call us for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.