Hi we're USA TODAY Network reporters Marisa Kwiatkowski and Maria Perez Sanchez. Our reporting found that nearly 6,900 Florida doctors lack medical malpractice insurance. Patients are left to suffer after botched tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts ...
That's all the time we have today! For more check out our latest investigation: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/12/12/plastic-surgery-malpractice-doctors-avoid-paying-for-mistakes/2597399001/
I'm Maria Perez, and I’ve been covering issues affecting immigrant and minority communities since 2013 first in Florida and now in Wisconsin, as part of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative team. I have investigated Florida companies that profited from undocumented workers and, once they were injured, reported them to prosecutors instead of paying workers compensation. I've written about U.S. farms that recruit Mexican veterinarians with offers of professional work but then they put them to work milking and cleaning barns for low pay. I have also been reporting on Florida cosmetic surgery clinics that left dozens of patients death or injured. Most of the deaths were of Hispanic and African American women.
I'm Marisa Kwiatkowski, and I’ve been handling investigations for more than a decade, most recently as part of USA TODAY's national investigative team. Much of my work has been focused on issues affecting children and vulnerable adults.
Our most recent USA TODAY investigation examined the prevalence and impact of a Florida law that allows doctors to opt out of carrying medical malpractice insurance. Maria and I would love to share how we and our colleagues did it.