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Erb’s Palsy in Newborns

Erb’s Palsy is a specific kind of brachial plexus palsy which causes weakness or loss of motion in the arm. It is usually the result of a difficult delivery, with possible negligence.  The Brachial plexus is a group of five nerves located at the base of the neck which lead into the arm. During delivery […]

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Surgical Implements Too Often Left Behind in Patients

According to a watchdog group commission report, surgical implements are often left behind in patients.    The commission reports that there have been more than 770 reports of retained foreign objects in surgical patients over the last seven years. These cases resulted in 16 deaths and in almost 95 percent of the cases patients had […]

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Hospital medical errors now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Medical errors leading to patient death are much higher than previously thought, and may be as high as 400,000 deaths a year, according to a new study in the Journal of Patient Safety. The latest numbers are dramatically higher than those in the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, To Err is Human: Building A Safer […]

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Thousands of docs continue to practice despite misconduct, danger

A USA Today investigation  reveals that state medical boards   responsible for licensing doctors don’t punish thousands of physicians who have   been banned by hospitals or other medical facilities. The article highlights the case of Greggory Phillips, M.D., who prescribed a   toxic mix of medications for 44-year-old Jennifer Chaney of Texas to treat […]

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Medical Negligence

Medical Negligence The Role of America’s Civil Justice System in Protecting Patients’ Rights The reform of the country’s health care system remains a controversial debate for Congress and the administration. Much of this discussion focuses on the cost of health care and the driving factors behind it. In that context, some have demanded restrictions on […]

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Apology Rule May Reduce Med Mal Suits, Lawyers Say

Legislation that would create an evidentiary rule that doctors’ apologies to patients could not be used in medical malpractice lawsuits may lead to fewer such claims in Pennsylvania, several attorneys have told Pennsylvania Law Weekly. Read Article: TheLegalIntelligencer Contact: MKK – Attorneys at Law:       1-877-NJLAW4U    

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Diagnostic errors: Most costly, common malpractice claim

Diagnostic errors are the leading cause of successful medical malpractice claims, and are the most common, most costly and most dangerous of medical mistakes, according to new research published in BMJ Quality & Safety. Researchers analyzed 350,706 paid claims from the National Practitioner Data Bank from 1986 to 2010 and found diagnostic errors represented 28.6 […]

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Hospitals profit from post-surgical complications

Hospitals that reduce post-surgical complications could be cutting into their profits, concludes a study published yesterday in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study by The Boston Consulting Group, Texas Health Resources and Ariadne Labs found a 330 percent higher profit margin when insured surgical patients experienced a complication, according to an announcement […]

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Poor communication ups risk of malpractice suits, patient nonadherence

With patient satisfaction increasingly being tied to reimbursement and physician compensation, the days of considering communication a “soft skill” for doctors are long gone. As a result, organizations such as the Cleveland Clinic have begun enrolling their doctors in specialized communications courses, while medical schools are targeting the issue even earlier, The Wall Street Journal […]

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What surgeons leave behind costs some patients dearly

More than a dozen times a day, doctors sew up patients with sponges and other supplies mistakenly left inside. The mistake costs some victims their lives. Some of these victims lose parts of their intestines; some don’t survive  Hospitalizations involving a lost sponge or instrument average more than $60,000  New sponge-tracking systems typically add just […]

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