Communication Errors

Malpractice cases alleging communication errors

  • Failure to timely intubate patient

    A 58-year-old man came to Neurosurgeon A for treatment of neck pain with radiation to his arms. The patient had a history of hypertension and diabetes.

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  • Failure to treat myocardial infarction

    At 6:51 p.m., a 62-year-old man came to the emergency department (ED) of a local hospital reporting pain in the “chest wall area.”

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  • Failure to properly treat

    A 74-year-old woman visited Cardiologist A with symptoms of congestive heart failure. She had a history of dilated cardiomyopathy, mitral valve regurgitation, and significant pulmonary hypertension.

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  • Unnecessary surgery

    A 61-year-old woman with a history of colon polyps was referred to General Surgeon A for a colonoscopy.

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  • Failure to timely schedule a follow-up appointment

    In February 2012, a 77-year-old woman came to a new ophthalmology group and was seen by Ophthalmologist A.

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  • Reporter 2018 Radiology

    Reporter 2018 Radiology

    Failure to diagnose epidural abscess; Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs

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  • Reporter 2018 Anesthesiology

    Reporter 2018 Anesthesiology

    Failure to timely intubate patient; Law requires Texas physicians to query PMP before prescribing opioids and other drugs

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  • Reporter Quarter 3 2018

    Reporter Quarter 3 2018

    CME - Human Trafficking; Communicating with millennials; Wernicke's encephalopathy: Failure to monitor thiamine levels; Failure to obtain consent for esophageal dilation; TMLT Board Election 2019

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  • Failure to Communicate MRI Results

    Failure to Communicate MRI Results

    This is an actual TMLT medical malpractice case, involving a pain management specialist treating a patient for back pain.

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  • Failure to restart anticoagulants

    A 66-year-old man came to an internal medicine physician with a complaint of shuffling gait. He had a complex medical history, including a history of stroke.

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  • Failure to manage medications

    In December 2008, a 76-year-old woman came to an internist to establish a primary care relationship and to seek treatment for itching.

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  • Failure to properly advise patient

    A 37-year-old woman of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, with a strong family history for breast cancer, had a mammogram performed as part of an annual exam.

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  • Failure to obtain informed consent

    On June 30, a 63-year-old female patient came to her surgeon with an MRI report of ruptured implants in both of her breasts.

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  • Reporter 2017 General Surgery

    Reporter 2017 General Surgery

    Failure to monitor vitamin levels after bariatric surgery; HIPAA and patient privacy

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  • The Reporter Quarter 4 2016

    The Reporter Quarter 4 2016

    Should you Google your patients?; TMLT's closed claims: Communication errors; TMLT 2016 scholarship winning essay.

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  • Reporter 2016 Gastroenterology

    Reporter 2016 Gastroenterology

    Failure to obtain cardiac clearance; Law enforcement exceptions to HIPAA

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  • Reporter 2016 Radiology

    Reporter 2016 Radiology

    Failure to communicate emergent findings; Law enforcement exceptions to HIPAA

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  • Reporter 2015 Gastroenterology

    Reporter 2015 Gastroenterology

    Failure to follow up; Dos and don'ts of renewing your Texas Medical License

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  • Reporter 2015 Radiology

    Reporter 2015 Radiology

    Failure to communicate; Dos and don'ts of renewing your Texas Medical License

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  • Reporter 2015 Cardiology

    Reporter 2015 Cardiology

    Delay in treatment; Dos and Don'ts of renewing your Texas Medical License

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