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Get a second opinion—doctors usually aren’t right the first time

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Even after four years of college, four of medical school, and three to seven more of residency, doctors still may not get diagnoses right on the first try. In fact, they’re more likely than not to be at least a little off. In a study published (paywall) April 4, researchers from the Mayo Clinic… Read More »

WHY COPS SHOOT

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Chuck Wexler is the  executive director of a group of police executives who study issues like use of force. He said a full third of police shootings nationwide are cases in which the suspect was unarmed or cases where police could have avoided putting themselves in harm’s way, like unnecessarily standing in front of… Read More »

County considers $1M for opioid fight

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Palm Beach County commissioners will consider a variety of options Tuesday to combat the rampaging opioid epidemic, including the hiring of a senior-level administrative staffer, creating two new positions with the Medical Examiner’s Office and pouring $1 million into a range of treatment programs. Those options are among the recommendations of a 72-page report… Read More »

I knew who to call — but couldn’t save my daughter

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

One morning in November, while she was home getting ready for work, came a phone call that Easton had always dreaded — her adult daughter, Tasha McCraw, was dead of a suspected drug overdose. Tasha was 33. As the opioid crisis continues to claim thousands of lives, Easton’s struggles underscore the daunting challenges faced… Read More »

Susan B. Ramsey to Conduct Live CLE Teleconference on Painkiller Law and Liability

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Susan B. Ramsey will conduct a Live CLE Teleconference on Painkiller Law and Liability May 1, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST. You can register for the teleconference at www.nbi-sems.com or by calling 800-931-3140. Please click here for a detailed outline.

‘Dime A Dozen,’ Overdose Crisis Rages In South Florida

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Delray Beach is at the epicenter of a South Florida overdose epidemic estimated to have claimed 1,000 lives last year. Medical examiners are still counting. Delray Beach Fire Rescue Chief Neal de Jesus brought in a stress management counselor to help his firefighters cope with the overdose deaths. “They’re seeing deaths at a rate… Read More »

UPDATE: Ex-PBSO deputy bonds out of jail on patient-brokering charges

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

WEST PALM BEACH — A former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy arrested Tuesday on patient-brokering charges has been released from the county jail. West Palm Beach police say Robert “Bobby” Simeone, 46, posted $45,000 bond late Tuesday, hours after his arrest. He is accused of paying two sober home owners hundreds of dollars a… Read More »

Sober home owner Kenny Chatman pleads guilty, faces life in prison

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Notorious drug treatment center owner Kenneth “Kenny” Chatman pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracies to commit money laundering, health care fraud and sex trafficking, charges that could land him in prison for life. Handcuffed and shackled, Chatman listened as a federal prosecutor told how he turned patients into prostitutes: He gave them drugs to induce them…. Read More »

Medical Error – The Third Leading Cause Of Death In The US

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

Although medical error is the third leading cause of death in the US, it is not mentioned on death certificates. To find out more about this topic, a West Palm Beach medical malpractice attorney can help.

Therapist: 90% of addicts in Chatman sober homes openly used drugs

By Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A. |

As many as 90 percent of the addicts who were supposed to be getting treatment while living in sober homes connected to the notorious drug-treatment businesses operated by Kenneth Chatman were openly using drugs, enabling Chatman to continue billing their insurance for millions of dollars in unnecessary drug tests, according to the former clinical… Read More »

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