Entries by Holly Haines

User and System Failures: The Problems with Electronic Health Records

Studies that have identified a connection between electronic health record (EHR) errors and medical malpractice claims divide the problems with EHR into two categories: system-related and user-related errors. Flaws in the design of the EHR software are the major source of the system-related errors. For instance, many EHR templates lack sufficient space for documentation, precluding […]

The Early Offer Alternative In Medical Malpractice Litigation

The Early Offer Alternative In Medical Malpractice Litigation: A Statutory Trap to Limit Liability INTRODUCTION On June 27, 2012, over the veto of the Governor of New Hampshire and over the objections of the two largest medical malpractice insurers in New Hampshire, medical malpractice plaintiffs’ lawyers, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and New Hampshire […]

Medical Errors Are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States, Researchers Say

Medical errors kill more Americans annually than motor vehicle accidents, firearms and suicide combined, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Despite this, hospitals and medical providers are doing very little to determine how to prevent them from happening. Indeed, discussions about how to prevent medical errors usually only occur in very […]

What Could Be Done To Fix a Broken Healthcare System

Last week, Forbes magazine published an article on the state of the nation’s healthcare system in light of Republican presidential candidates’ criticism of Donald Trump’s healthcare plan. The Forbes article used the example of Joan Rivers’ death to highlight how the system should be fixed. The article noted that Rivers’ death was caused by a […]

Erb’s Palsy Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed

An Illinois woman has filed a birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of her minor child after the child sustained brachial plexus injuries during childbirth. On February 20, 2007, the expectant mother was admitted to Alton Memorial Hospital for induction of labor. Dr. Saji Jacob chose a vacuum assisted delivery . Despite this assistive […]

Two Concord Hospital Employees Charged With Misuse of Narcotics

Concord Hospital, like many New Hampshire hospitals, faces a serious problem with unlawful use of prescription narcotic medications by employees. Just two months ago, Nurse Cheryl Garand was charged with three felony counts of unlawful administration of fentanyl to patients. Such unlawful acts are not uncommon in the healthcare industry; although prohibited, healthcare workers sometimes […]

New Hampshire Medical Providers Are Overprescribing Fentanyl

Last year, fentanyl surpassed heroin as the number one drug found in New Hampshire victims of drug overdoses. Fentanyl is a powerful prescription narcotic that is stronger than heroin and more potent than morphine. It is frequently used as an anesthetic during surgeries or prescribed to patients to manage pain. When it reaches the streets, […]

Pain Center Sued for Over Prescribing Medication

The family of a Connecticut man who died in 2013 at age 56 is suing Derby nurse practitioner Heather Alfonso and the pain clinic where she worked, alleging that her rampant overprescribing of narcotics contributed to his death. Joseph Torchia’s wife and son claim in a lawsuit filed in Waterbury Superior Court that Alfonso, who […]