Medical Malpractice

Multimillion Dollar Award Issued Against Military Medical Center

tripler medical center at center of one of largest medical malpractice awards in history of HawaiiThe infection that set in after Navy officer Marites Campano gave birth at Hawaii’s Tripler Army Medical Center could have and should have been treated with IV antibiotics. Instead, doctors and staff did nothing, even when faced with a patient in extraordinary pain for two days. Campano eventually became septic and now is faced with years of dialysis and the prospect ...

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Medical Errors Become a Leading Cause of Death in the United States

medical errors third leading cause of death in united statesHere’s an interesting game to play at your next party – ask everyone to list the top three causes of death in the United States. Odds are that you’d get a very eclectic mix of responses.

If media reports were to be believed, murder would have to be pretty far up there. Local news thrives on the idea that you live in a very dangerous world (no matter ...

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Impermanence of Affordable Care Act Means No Limits on Medical Malpractice Claims, According to One New Jersey Case

opponents of affordable care act may be contributing to limitless malpractice recoveryThe Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, is one of the largest and most complicated pieces of legislation in the history of modern government. Created and written to provide health insurance for those who would probably otherwise go without while also trying to take the needs of insurers into consideration, it is also one of the most controversial.

The Act covers everything from payment ...

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Small Percentage of Doctors Accounts for Large Percentage of Malpractice Claims

small number of doctors account for large percentage of malpractice claimsThe idea of statistically significant numbers of occurrences being attributed to a small portion of a population isn’t anything new. We know that wealth accumulation, for example, is highly concentrated. A very small number of people hold the majority of wealth of an entire country.

Other populations experience the same anomaly. And, according to a study recently released by Stanford researchers, this same principle can also be ...

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Bypass Surgery Equipment Linked to 4 Pennsylvania Deaths

bypass heater-cooler linked to lethal hospital-acquired infectionsHeart bypass surgery may be one of the most complicated undertakings in modern medicine. Successfully completing a bypass operation requires absolute perfection in every regard; from the skill of the surgeons, to the flawless functionality of the equipment used to keep the patient alive.

Unfortunately, while outward appearances can appear to show a successful operation, contaminated equipment can cause harm that takes time to develop. Days, weeks, and even months can ...

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Half of All Surgeries May Involve an Error in Medication

half of all surgeries may involve medication error50/50 may seem like pretty good odds. If there was a 50% chance of sunshine, you might still keep those outdoor plans on a Saturday. An investment with a 50% chance of a big payoff is a chance you might be willing to take.

The view becomes a little less optimistic, however, when a study suggests that 1 in every 2 surgeries occurs with some sort of medication ...

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