Posts Tagged 'medical malpractice'

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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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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Boy Fights for Life After Math Error Leads to Chemo Overdose

philadelphia boy given chemotherapy overdoseWhen a poisoning takes place, immediate action is often the difference between life and death. Seconds matter as antidotes must be found and an effort is made to make the poison less harmful to the victim.

In some cases, however, no antidote exists. With all of our medical knowledge and understanding of the human body, there are times when there is simply nothing that can be done. The blow has been dealt and ...

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$27 Million Birth Injury Lawsuit Filed in Puerto Rico

birth injury lawsuit filed in puerto ricoA couple have filed a $27 million birth injury lawsuit alleging their son suffered from perinatal asphyxia and other injuries due to medical malpractice at two Puerto Rico hospitals. They claim health care professionals at both facilities, as well as other outside doctors, failed to properly assess and respond to the boy’s birth.

In September 2012, the pregnant mother visited her obstetrician after experiencing pelvic pressure and secretions. Upon ...

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