This article was written by John Harris and published in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. The article uses an actual trial transcript from a nursing home case he tried. In the article he demonstrates cross examination techniques to use in cross-examining the defense’s medical expert. The article explores bias, lack of knowledge of pertinent information, explanation of or clarification of medical terms and procedures, bolstering the testimony of the treating physician, and obtaining concessions.Read More About The No-So-Independent Medical Examiner...
The lawsuit alleges the nursing home, Warsaw Healthcare Center, committed malpractice. The health department investigated the incident and found, "The facility staff failed to provide the necessary care and services to maintain Dilantin blood levels at the highest practicable level to prevent seizures.
The lawsuit alleges the Warsaw nursing home negligently breached its duty in the following ways:
a. Failed to provide the anticonvulsant medication Dilantin 200 mg capsules, II Tabs (400 mg) po qhs as prescribed by the physician (and as outlined in the plan of care) in this patient at acknowledged high risk for recurrent seizures and at acknowledged high risk for recurrent falls from seizures (who was still capable of swallowing her meds);
b. Altered ("doctored") medical records that were misleading, appearing like the patient inaccurately received her meds (including her Dilantin) and did not provide the adequate documentation in the medical records to report that patient not taking critical oral Dilantin in May 2007 at Warsaw Healthcare Center;
c. Failed to utilize SL Valium prescribed by attending physician to be provided to patient if unable to take Dilantin to prevent seizures and to prevent falls secondary to seizures in this acknowledged high risk vulnerable elder;
d. Failed to communicate with the attending physician, relevant family member(s) and administration about the lack of ability in May 2007 to follow the plan of care/standard of care;
e. Failed to prevent a recurrent "preventable" fall secondary to a "preventable" recurrent seizure episode in May 2007;
f. Failed to provide the necessary care and services to maintain Dilantin blood levels at the highest practicable level to prevent seizures.
John P. Harris, III is again selected as a Super Lawyer.
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The American Trial Lawyers Association has selected John Harris for inclusion in the 2008-2009 Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the State of Virginia. A maximum of 100 attorneys from Virginia are considered for membership in the Association. Membership into The American Trial Lawyers Association is by invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, leadership, influence, reputation, statue, and profile in the trial attorney community as viewed by the Association, other trial lawyers, members of the bench, and the public at large.Read More About John Harris, III has been selected for national membership in The 2008-2009 Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the state of Virginia....
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Carriage Hills nursing home's problems began with a pattern of problems which lead to the nursing home being dropped from the Medicare program.
The pattern of problems included 13 rooms in which the call bell did not work. A certified nursing assistant, or CNA, allowed a resident to fall from the bed onto the floor face first. Another resident fell and broke her hip. Another received second and third degree burns. Others did not receive the treatment that was prescribed. Another resident strangled to death on a nurse-call cord. The Office of Licensure and Certification found that the nursing home staff was not always properly trained.
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