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Bartlesville Patients Expecting Flu Shot Recieved Insulin Instead

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Bartlesville Patients Expecting Flu Shot Recieved Insulin Instead

We all need medical professionals for many of our health concerns. Whether it is something as minor as a checkup or as major as surgery, we expect the doctors, nurses, and surgeons to perform their jobs well. We count on them to heal us when we’re sick and trust them with our lives on occasion.

When something goes wrong and you or a family member is injured as the result of a health care provider’s negligence or recklessness, the results can be life-changing.

A recent incident happened in the Tulsa area when ten people at a care facility for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized after they were injected with insulin instead of the flu vaccine.

The Jacquelyn House in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is about 40 miles north of Tulsa, this is where multiple people were found unresponsive, said Bartlesville Police Chief Tracy Roles.

Eight residents and two staff members were all hospitalized following the incident but have since been released or will be soon.

Roles said that a licensed pharmacist was contracted by the facility to administer the vaccine. The pharmacist is cooperating with police and state officials, but investigators believe it was an accident.

Jamie Dukes from the Oklahoma State Department of Health says the pharmacist supplied the medication from a third-party pharmacy, and that staff at the facility are not responsible in any way for the error.

“At this point there is no indication that the facility should have held a reasonable suspicion this sort of error could occur, and that this was a preventable error in the normal sense,” he wrote.

“I’ve never seen where there’s been some sort of medical misadventure to this magnitude,” Roles said. “It could have been worse. Not to downplay where we are, but thinking of where we could be, it certainly could have been very tragic.”

Insulin is naturally occurring to regulate blood sugar levels, but it is typically administered to individuals with diabetes. An excess of insulin can cause low blood sugar, resulting in sweating, nervousness, hunger, and irritability, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Medical malpractice is the failure of any medical professional to provide services that meet the standard of care of a reasonable physician, which results in harm done to that patient. This harm can be a temporary or permanent injury that can result in the loss of income and economic stability. In cases of medical malpractice, you have the right to file a lawsuit to gain compensation for the personal injury or injuries inflicted upon you or a family member.

There are tens of thousands of medical errors a year that lead to thousands of people seriously injured or dead. These injuries include wrong-site surgeries where a good organ or gland is removed, but a cancerous one is left in the body, as well as brain and spinal injuries that result in someone needing a lifetime of special care. Medical malpractice lawsuits seek to protect these individuals and ultimately make our hospitals and clinics safer.

The Oklahoma medical malpractice lawyers at Carr & Carr Attorneys can help if you or a loved one has been a victim of medical negligence. Call us at 844-210-7917 or contact us online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. Our law firm maintains offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, but our attorneys can also meet you at your home, hospital room or other location convenient for you.

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We are pleased to announce Jack Beesley, an associate at Carr & Carr Attorneys at Law, has been selected to the 2019 Oklahoma Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state. To be eligible for the Rising Stars list, a candidate must be either 40 years of age or younger, or has been in practice for 10 years or less.

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Tires need traction to grip the road in dangerous weather conditions, such as rain, snow, ice or mud. If we only drove on dry, non-weather effected roads, treads wouldn’t be necessary because smooth tires are best for gripping dry surfaces. But most of us drive in all kinds of weather conditions, and we need good treads to drive safely. These weather conditions can change from hour to hour in Oklahoma. Without safe treads, the cars we drive would be almost impossible to control on wet, icy or slick roads.

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Do You Have to Pay Back Your Health Insurance After a Car Wreck?

Many times clients will ask “Do I have to pay back my health insurance carrier from my settlement?”  Whether you have to pay back your health insurance company will depend on many factors. Most insurance companies will exercise their right of subrogation, meaning that they will exercise their right to be paid back the benefits they extended you during your medical treatment following your collision or other injury producing event.  Some insurance companies, especially those who provided you health insurance through your employer, will not reduce the amount they want to be paid back. Other health insurance companies will agree to reduce the amount they want to be paid back if they can be convinced that it is in their best interests. Continue reading “Do You Have to Pay Back Your Health Insurance After a Car Wreck?”

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In the days following an Oklahoma car wreck, you are almost certain to be contacted by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. While many of these representatives are pleasant when speaking with you, the fact that you are receiving phone calls from an insurance company you do not do business with asking about your car crash can be unnerving. For some car crash victims, they respond to this situation by hiring an attorney to represent them: once an attorney has been hired, any questions the insurance company may have are directed to the victim’s attorney. Continue reading “Talk with a lawyer before talking with an insurance company”

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