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Lee S Goldsmith

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  • Are doctors and hospitals legally required to provide all information? My 75 year old mother dies of sepsis last May in Ohio.

    The source of sepsis was found to be a surgical site wound where she had a femoral artery embolectomy , but me and my sister were never informed of the infections until we read her final full autopsy report and medical records . Our mother had a...

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    Everything in your questions raises questions of serious neglect. You will need Ohio counsel to assist. 1. Bed sores are inexcusable and indicate that you mother was not turned or her care properly supervised. 2. Infections can occur but you should be informed. To determine whether or not the infections were managed correctly a complete review of the records are necessary. The issues are (a) were the infections diagnosed promptly and (b) once they were diagnosed, were they treated appropriately.
    Only a complete review of the entire medical record will allow any attorney to properly answer you questions. However, the care and treatment of your mother should be reported to the State.

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  • Can a Director of a medical facility contact a patients employer without the patients consent and discuss medical issues?

    The Director of a medical facility contacted a patients employer with out the patients consent or knowledge to discuss the patients medical issues to make a medical recommendation on the patients behalf. The director of the medical facility is not...

    Lee’s Answer

    This question has multiple parts. As a general rule, and in accordance with HIPPA requirements, no medical information regarding a patient may be released without the patients consent. There may be exceptions to this rule but the question does not raise any of the potential exemptions as issues. A patient owns the medical information in his/her records and only the patient has a right to release that information.
    The medical director in this question violated the patient's HIPPA rights.

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  • If I lied on my medical examination form regarding my pilot's license will my license be revoked.

    I currently hold a commercial pilot's license. I have been taking adderall and celexa for many years but failed to include this information on my medical examination form.

    Lee’s Answer

    Without knowing all the facts the answer is probably not. However, if you ever lie in response to a question relating to the practice of medicine the answer will be probably yes. Getting a license might be more difficult by providing the correct answer. However, if you lie on a form and lose your license you may never be able to get that license back.
    If you get any flack from the medical board, retain a lawyer who handles professional misconduct matters immediately.

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  • Attorney malpractice or wrongful prosecution

    I am forwarding this message to any attorney I can. I pray that one will help My husband flew from WA to Fl 6 times over a $350 nail gun!! Now I find that that was probably totally unnecessary. Our attorney never gave us any other options and ...

    Lee’s Answer

    I would suggest that you contact the office of the public defender in the County in Florida where the Court is located as well as the local Bar Association legal ethics committee. It is unlikely that anthother lawyer would want to take on a legal malpractice suit based on the information that you have provided.

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  • Cath-o-port" should have been removed & it was not , resulted in emeregency removal & deadly infection? malpractice

    sorry, I am re-asking this ? went to DR as cath-o-port needed to be removed, based on it was worn out & standard of care indicates this needs to be done... yet DR did nothing... hence ,port became very infected & had to be removed in ER surge...

    Lee’s Answer

    The decision or non-decision to remove the cath-o-port may well be a matter of judgment by the physician and as such not medical malpractice. However, if the physician failed to promptly follow up on the possible infection their could be a potential claim for medical malpractice. The ultimate problem might be one of damages. If you have recovered well then the damages might be limited and an attorney reviewing the matter might decide that the damages are insufficient to warrant bring suit. The only way to finally decide would be to contact a specific lawyer and get an answer applicable to your state.

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