Articles by Joe O'Neill

Family Medicine Experts Opine on Delayed Recognition of Cardiovascular Emergency

This case involves a female patient who presented to her family medicine doctor with complaints of generalized, flu-like symptoms. The patient did not have any chest pain, nausea, or other gastrointestinal symptoms. The patient was diagnosed with a viral syndrome…

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Medical Clinic is Accused of Defamation After Comment Disparaging Competition

In this defamation case, a doctor published a statement slamming his competition. It was alleged that as a result of the defamation, referrals decreased for the doctor who was the target of the negative statement. The case required an expert…

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Landscaper is Electrocuted by High-Voltage Line During Tree Trimming

A┬átree trimmer was hired by a contractor to a public electrical utility company to clear branches from power lines. At the time of the clearing, the utility company did not close out the power lines, and the tree trimmer was…

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Botched Heart Valve Repair Procedure Leads to Patient Death

This case involves a middle-aged female patient who underwent a mitrial valve repair and replacement surgery. The surgery was conducted without incident, however shortly after the patient’s recovery began she began suffering from mitral stenosis, which was later attributed to…

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Dentistry Expert Discusses Delayed Diagnosis of Oral Cancer Recurrence

This case involves a female patient who had been under the care of the same dentist for several years, with whom she consistently kept twice-yearly appointments. The woman had suffered from oral cancer which had been successfully treated one year…

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Construction Worker is Injured After Falling Through Unprotected Hole at Job Site

This case involves a carpenter who was severely injured on a construction site. At the time of the incident in question, the man was working on a large housing development and was working on the second floor of one of…

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Bar Allegedly Serves Underaged Patron Involved in Fatal Accident

This case involves an underage male patron who was admitted to a bar located near the campus of a large state university. The man was a student at the university, and had joined several of his fraternity brothers, who were…

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Patient Develops Sepsis Due to Allegedly Negligent Treatment of Diabetic Ulcer

This case involves a middle-aged patient with a past medical history of diabetes who presented to a podiatrist with an open callous on the bottom of her right foot. The doctor trimmed off the loose skin and noted signs of…

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Man Suffers Serious Injuries Due to Self-Balancing Scooter Defect

This case involves a male in his late 20’s who was participating in an intramural sports league in which gyroscopically-stabilized scooters were used by all participants. During one of the events, the man’s scooter lost power and stopped working while…

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Patient Dies After Receiving Substandard Thromboembolism Prophylaxis

This case involves a middle-aged woman with a history of coronary artery disease who had previously undergone aortic root and valve replacement procedures as well as coronary artery bypass surgery. Postoperatively, the patient developed lower extremity weakness. An MRI showed…

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