Medical Malpractice

Kidney Donor Files Malpractice Lawsuit After Doctor’s Failure to Diagnose Cancer

A woman who donated a kidney to her grandmother 11 months before the older woman died from cancer has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Texas doctor. The medical malpractice lawsuit names a physician and a nephrology practice group as defendants.

The 31-year old woman claims that she donated her kidney to her grandmother without being informed that she suffered from terminal cancer, so the kidney donation was of no value. The grandmother had been evaluated ...

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Alabama Widow Awarded $4 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

A Walker County, Alabama woman won a medical malpractice lawsuit against an emergency room doctor who allegedly mistook her husband’s heart attack symptoms for a stomach illness. The jury voted in favor of the woman after a 7-day medical malpractice trial, awarding the widow $4 million.

In 2008, the woman’s 40 year old man visited the Walker Baptist Medical Center two days after he began feeling sick to his stomach. The man entered the emergency room complaining ...

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Study Finds a Third of Knee Replacements Questionable

one third of knee replacements not appropriate based on new studyKnee replacement surgery is a decision that warrants serious consideration. While necessary in some cases, the procedure is risky and can cause severe complications. CNN reports of a Virginia Commonwealth University study that suggests that one third of knee replacement procedures were not appropriate according to current medical criteria.

Researchers analyzed imaging and patient records in 175 knee replacement surgeries out of more than 650,000 performed ...

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Illinois Suspends License of Psychiatrist for Overprescribing Medication

An Illinois psychiatrist had his license suspended for overprescribing a dangerous antipsychotic drug, clozapine, in nursing homes and mental health facilities. This overprescription of clozapine has been linked to three of his patients’ deaths. The doctor was a psychiatric medical director for 13 nursing facilities from a base office in a Chicago strip mall. The state’s medical board took disciplinary action after a four year investigation on the doctor’s prescribing habits and a two year legal ...

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Surgical “Black Box” in Development to Prevent Medical Errors

A Toronto hospital is working on developing a device that seeks to protect patients in the operating room. The system, detailed in a recent article in Forbes, would be installed in operating rooms in order to cut down on surgical errors. It would consist of a number of microphones and cameras that are poised to track and record the movements and communications within the room.

The “black box” could be used to analyze and interpret the ...

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Pregnancy Complication Rate Varies Widely Between U.S. Hospitals

A new study has found that the odds of a woman having an obstetric complication depends on where she delivers her baby in the United States. The author of the study, a health outcomes researcher at the University of Rochester, said that “there is a significant variability in maternal outcomes across U.S. hospitals.”

The study examined 750,000 childbirths around the country. According to the research, about 13 percent of all deliveries have a complication, but the rate ...

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