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Blog Posts in November, 2012

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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