Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

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Four Types of Medical Errors in Emergency Rooms

Medical errors can occur in any type of outpatient or inpatient setting.  Emergency rooms are a health care setting where medical errors can occur. There are several theories as to why medical errors are more common in emergency rooms than other health care settings.  Overcrowding is one possible reason.  Regardless of the cause, it is important to remain cautious while you or a loved one are receiving treatment in an…
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Report Finds Dangers in Same-Day Surgery Centers

Kaiser Health News and USA Today recently published a joint-investigation on patient safety hazards at surgery centers. These non-hospital facilities conduct routine same-day operations, such as a tonsillectomies or colonoscopies. More than 5,600 surgery centers are operating across the US. Kaiser Health News and USA Today found that more than 260 patients have died at surgery centers since 2013. The joint-investigation uncovered the following information about surgery centers. Some surgery…
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New Report Labels Diagnostic Errors as Top Patient Safety Concern

A recent report published by the ECRI Institute (formerly known as the Emergency Care Research Institute) shows that diagnostic errors are the main patient safety concern among health care providers in the US. Diagnostic errors, which are the most common type of medical mistake, affect an estimated one in 20 adults each year. The ECRI Institute noted that diagnostic errors lead to gaps in care, repeat testing, unnecessary procedures, and…
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What are the Worst Mistakes During Surgery?

Medical errors are responsible for an estimated 251,000 to 440,000 deaths in the US each year. An incorrect diagnosis, surgical mistake or medication error could lead to a serious injury or death during your next visit to the hospital. Surgical mistakes are a type of medical error that affects thousands of  patients each year. Some of the worst types of surgical errors that may occur during a procedure include: Surgical…
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Could a Flu Misdiagnosis Be Medical Malpractice?

The US is experiencing its worst flu season in decades. Tens of thousands of people have been hospitalized after developing the common viral infection. However, there have also been reports of deaths caused by separate illnesses that were believed to be cases of the flu. Numerous health conditions cause “flu-like symptoms”, even diabetes. When the proper tests are not performed on patients with these symptoms, they can suffer serious or…
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Are Diagnostic Errors Medical Malpractice?

Medical mistakes are responsible for an estimated 251,000 to 450,000 deaths in the US each year. Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical mistake by health care providers. However, there are multiple types of diagnostic errors that could harm you or a loved one. The different types of diagnostic errors include but are not limited to: Missed diagnosis: You could be discharged from the hospital when you are…
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How Could Cerebral Palsy Affect My Child?

If you read last week’s blog, then you know that cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders that may be caused by a brain injury or malformation while the brain is still developing. You would also know that medical mistakes before, during and shortly after birth can lead to the development of this disorder. Cerebral palsy is a condition with considerable variation. The types of symptoms and severity…
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Can Medical Malpractice Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that may be caused by a brain injury or malformation while the brain is still developing. Children with this disorder may have difficulty controlling movements. They may also have moderate to severe cognitive impairment. Depending on the severity, children with this disorder may require specialized care and social resources for the rest of their lives. However, there are instances where cerebral palsy is caused…
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Survey Claims 21 Percent of Patients Have Experienced Medical Errors

Depending on who you ask, medical mistakes kill an estimated 250,000 to 440,000 patients in the US each year. Numerous studies have found that medical mistakes are very common in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health care facilities. A new survey published by the NORC at the University of Chicago shows how common medical mistakes are and how they affect patients. Twenty-one percent of respondents reported personally experiencing medical mistakes….
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Are Nursing Staff Shortages Endangering Pennsylvania Patients?

Nurses have crucial jobs in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical care facilities. These health care workers are heavily involved in caring for patients. Depending on the setting, nurses may spend more time with patients than other health care practitioners. However, it turns out nurses in Pennsylvania believe they are overworked and less able to care for patients. According to a new survey published by Nurses of Pennsylvania, many nurses…
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