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Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack and the Fatal Consequences That Follow

What is the biggest killer in the United States? Heart disease. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), almost a million people have a heart attack each year, and over six hundred thousand ...
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Aggravating Spinal Cord Injuries: Who is to Blame?

The seriousness of a spinal cord injury cannot be overstated. The spinal cord is the central nervous system's highway for communicating messages between the brain and the rest of the body. It is ...
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Recognizing and Recovering From Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia is the medical procedure by which a person undergoing surgery is rendered insensitive to the pain of the procedure. Local or regional anesthesia involves the temporary removal of sensation ...
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"Stomach Bug" or Missed Appendicitis?

Missing a diagnosis of appendicitis can be a fatal mistake, as happened a few years ago to a six-year- old English boy named Jesse Jones. A series of doctors and nurses continually misdiagnosed his ...
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Clot Busters and Ischemic Stroke

Ira Weiss was a 62-year old professor of economics in New York when he suffered a stroke. His family found him passed out on the floor and took him to the hospital immediately. They alleged in a ...
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Failing to Detect a Medical Condition: The Danger of Radiology Mistakes

One of the most important doctors is one who you may never meet: the radiologist. A radiologist uses imaging technology, including x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and mammograms to detect, diagnose, and treat ...
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Mental Health Malpractice: When Doctors Take Advantage of Patients

When people normally think of malpractice, they think of botched surgeries, failure to diagnose illness, medication errors and other failures of doctors that relate to the way treatment itself is ...
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Blood Clots and Hospitals: A Killer Combination That Can Be Avoided

You go to a hospital to get better. Thankfully, this is usually the case. But sometimes, the hospital stay and the treatment there can itself be the source of a painful, and even deadly condition. A ...
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Hospitals and Doctors Should Learn From Their Mistakes, Not Hide Them

Every year in the United States, 98,000 people die from medical errors. And while every medical procedure has an inherent level of risk — for example, even when everyone involved does everything ...
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Liability Limits and Medical Malpractice

When a person is injured, they have different grounds for damages. Generally, these are broken into specific damages and general damages. Specific damages are those that are measurable, like loss of ...
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Choosing the Right Court System For Your Personal Injury Case

In personal injury cases, plaintiffs often have a choice as to where to file their complaint against the defendant. This occurs most often when the plaintiff resides in a different state from all of ...
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Who has a Right to My Medical Malpractice Award?

In 2000, Sandra and William Earl Armstrong gave birth to a baby girl. Delivered by caesarean section the baby was injured during birth, leaving her legally deaf and blind. She cannot sit, walk, crawl ...
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Use of Restraints on Residents in Nursing Homes

It is estimated that nearly 20% of nursing home patients given psychoactive drugs do not have a mental condition that warrants the treatment. These drugs are used as a restraint rather than a ...
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Who is At Fault When You Get Faulty Medication?

This past year has seen an outbreak of meningitis that has spread nationwide. The meningitis was connected to tainted steroids produced at a Framingham drug compounding pharmacy and have led to many ...
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Wrong Site Surgery Still Occurs

The Joint Commission has been working to prevent Wrong Site Surgery (WSS) since 1998. They have come up with an initiative to prevent WSS using a checklist, the Universal Protocol, which contains ...
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What Professional Standards Apply to Physicians in Malpractice Cases?

The plaintiff brought her husband to the hospital for shortness of breath. Upon examination by a physician, the husband was not admitted — he was sent home with instructions to see a pulmonary ...
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Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit After a Drug Recall?

It depends. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical practitioner commits a negligent act or omission that leads to injury. Prescribing a drug for purposes authorized by the Food and ...
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Improving Medical Device Safety

Medical devices—everything from pacemakers to blood pressure cuffs, surgical mesh to stitches—have become increasingly important in maintaining Americans' health as the population ages ...
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Common Medical Malpractice Errors

Medical malpractice consists of any negligent act or omission by a medical practitioner that causes an injury. Malpractice law determines medical negligence by comparing your practitioner's action ...
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How Do I Know If It's Malpractice?

Not every bad medical outcome results from bad medical practice. For example, some surgeries have widely-acknowledged high rates of failure, but patients and surgeons opt for the procedure anyway ...
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How Soon Do I Have To File a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Medical malpractice constitutes a special subsection of tort law, and in many states has its own statute of limitations, the rules governing when you must file suit or waive your rights. Statutes of ...
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What Is Nursing Home Malpractice and How Do I Stop It?

Nursing home malpractice is comparable to any other type of malpractice: a negligent act or omission by a nursing home professional that causes injury to a nursing home resident. Because nursing homes ...
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Will I Have To Go Court To Win My Medical Malpractice Claim?

For those of us who do not regularly interact with courts and lawyers, the idea of testifying before a jury or sitting through a harrowing trial can be intimidating. For some people, the risk of ...
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What Do Medical Malpractice Claims Usually Pay?

Reliable statistics on medical malpractice issues can be difficult to find: they depend largely on insurance company reporting requirements, which can vary widely between states. The U.S. Department ...
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How Much Should My Medical Malpractice Case Settle For?

Damages in medical malpractice cases—as in other personal injury and tort law cases—fall into two broad categories: economic and non-economic. Economic damages cover your actual financial ...
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