Monday, July 25, 2011

Potential St. Mary's lawsuit complicated by patient's identity theft

Manquis Daniels died after heart surgery at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee. His family, understandably upset, threatened to sue the hospital.


But that family made a startling confession to hospital staff after Daniels, 49, died on June 14. He had checked into the hospital on June 8 using the name of his brother, James Daniels, who works for the U.S. Postal Service and has health insurance.

It's a form of medical identity theft, a growing problem for hospitals, insurance companies and the people whose identity and insurance information is swiped.

Imagine trying to get a jury to side with you on a malpractice lawsuit as you're admitting that you defrauded the hospital while coming in the front door.

Did James Daniels, 51, know about the switch, or was his brother pulling a fast one on him? That's not clear. The Daniels family did not return my calls last week.

The details of what happened come from the investigative report of the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office.

It says Manquis Daniels of Milwaukee was a smoker who had a history of high blood pressure. On May 25, a catheterization found he had severe coronary artery disease.

http://www.jsonline.mobi/more/news/milwaukee/124547979.htm

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The family should not sue for malpractice if they did identity theft themselves.

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Skyshrouder should explain us more about this trial and its law. Even though we know who will win this case, the juries decision is still something we must see.

Al said...

I don't think the case would have much merit if the plaintiff got medical attention under another name. If only medical centers can hire a class action lawyer to fight against patient identity theft.

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Proper investigation has to be carried out. This is to avoid the incident from happening again.

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Proper investigation has to be carried out. This is to avoid the incident from happening again.

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Some people think that they will be able to get away with these identity theft schemes to fool their insurance. Getting caught and being charged with fraud is not worth all that trouble.