Carly Liptak was a 12 year old girl who went to Mease Countryside Hospital Ambulatory Surgical Center for a
“routine” tonsillectomy by Dr. Arif Alidina. In less than 15 minutes, red froth was coming up her breathing tube. Dr.
Alidina had given her a drug that is not to be given to children. The hospital pharmacy filled the order. The
anesthesiologist gave drugs which made the condition worse by backing up fluids into her heart and lungs. Both
doctors in the operating room deny the original drug was given. Five pages in the hospital chart say the drug was
Tampa Bay Times - Liptak
Mable Mosley went to Brandon Regional Hospital on a holiday weekend complaining of shoulder and neck pain. She
was admitted and overdosed with narcotics including Fentanyl by her doctors and pharmacists at Brandon Regional
Hospital. She was found unresponsive from choking on her own vomit and ultimately was disconnected from life
support and died.
Tampa Bay Times - Mosley
Fatal error costs hospital $1 million: Hospital gives widow $1-million, apology. Norma Jean Cecil got $1-million and
sincere apologies Wednesday from University Community Hospital and the two health care workers responsible for
her husband's death from an allergic reaction to a painkiller. But what matters more to the grieving widow are the
sweeping changes the hospital agreed to make in its emergency room.
St. Pete Times - Cecil
Jury awards cancer patient $1.6 million: A Largo man was awarded $1.6-million last month when a six-person jury
decided Sun Coast Hospital and three of its physicians were negligent in treating his prostate cancer and subsequent
St. Pete Times - Coleman
Malpractice award totals $500,000: A civil jury has ordered a Zephyrhills orthopedic surgeon to pay a 53-year-old
patient $500,000 in damages for failing to properly diagnose and treat a ruptured disk. After the trial, Marion's
attorney said his client "was concerned that Dr. Knight become a little better doctor and that this not happen to
anybody else." "He thinks that justice was done," said Patrick Dekle.
St. Pete Times - Marion
Novak Wins suit, $5.3 million award Jury: Ex-Jaguars career cut short: A jury awarded former Jacksonville Jaguar Jeff
Novak $5.3 million in his malpractice lawsuit against the team's former doctor, Stephen Lucie...."This case was done
for the right reasons," said Novak's attorney, Patrick Dekle after the verdict. "It wasn't about money. Jeff had the
courage to face his convictions."
Novak Verdict Article - Florida Times Union
NFL Medical Policies Under Scrutiny...Is NFL medical care good enough?
At what price a player's pain?...more on the Jeff Novak case.
Galencare, Inc. v. Mosley, 59 So.3d 138 (Fla. 2d DCA 2011)
Diaz v. Maney, 42 So.3d 312 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)
Riegel v. Beilan, 788 So.2d 990 (Fla. 2d DCA 2000)
Rushing v. Bosse, 652 So.2d 869 (Fla. 4th DCA 1995)
Maltzer v. Provident Life and Accident Insurance Co, 843 F.Supp. 692 (M.D. Fla. 1993).