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Blog Posts in August, 2012

Failure to Test: What the Law Says About Medical Misdiagnoses and Malpractice

A 2009 article in The New York Times reported on something called the “process of care lapses,” which are situations where a patient received a diagnosis late in an illness. The obvious ...
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The Laws on Medication Error and Pharmaceutical Malpractice

The overwhelming majority of healthcare providers – a group that includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists and therapists, as well as managers of medical facilities – are extremely ...
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How is a Misdiagnosis Defined as Medical Malpractice?

Medical conditions are sometimes misdiagnosed or overlooked altogether. Some of the most frequently misdiagnosed conditions include: Those with vague symptoms, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, ...
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When Cerebral Palsy is the Fault of the Attending Obstetrician

There are hundreds of thousands of individuals, adults and children, living with cerebral palsy in the U.S. This condition often results from a lack of oxygen during birth or in the womb, but can also ...
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Missouri Cap on Non-Economic Damages Ruled Unconstitutional

On July 31, 2012, the Supreme Court of Missouri handed a significant victory to plaintiffs seeking damages in medical malpractice cases. In Watts v. Lester E. Cox Medical Centers, the court ruled that ...
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Baltimore Jury Awards $21 Million in Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit

A jury in Baltimore awarded the family of Jaylan Norfleet $21 million after a trial alleging that the child's severe cerebral palsy resulted from the failure of doctors at Harbor Hospital to ...
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If You Didn't Chart It, You Didn't Do It

Malpractice cases often hinge on the quality of the medical documentation related to the care of the plaintiff. Solid medical documentation shares several qualities. It is straightforward, consistent, ...
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Malpractice Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery

When gastric bypass surgery began to grow in popularity during the 1990s, it did not do so quietly. From 1990 to 2000, the annual rate of bariatric surgeries in the United States increased 600 ...
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What Should You Do When You Suffer Harm from a Medical Professional?

When you are ill and you seek out the advice of a skilled healthcare professional, the last thing that you expect is to wind up worse off than before you sought medical treatment. But mistakes do ...
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Pharmacy Robots and Bacterial Contamination

Most people admitted to a hospital find themselves overwhelmed by countless anxieties. But for most of us, suffering harm from robots while in the hospital is pretty low on that anxiety list. Maybe it ...
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