Medical Malpractice Archives

Deaths of new mothers rising in the U.S.

In the U.S., pregnant women and women who have just given birth are at higher risk for injury and death than women in any developed country. Our country's annual mortality rate for pregnant women is 700 to 900, while an additional 65,000 pregnant women develop near-fatal illnesses and injuries.

Is your doctor right about your diagnosis?

Whether you are a patient or the loved one of a sick family member, you put your trust in medical professionals to determine what's wrong - and fix it. Unfortunately, it's far too common for errors to occur during the diagnostic phase of designing a treatment plan. These errors could be caused by faulty equipment, miscommunication or negligence. Sadly, what might seem like a simple error might ultimately prove fatal.

Medical Error: Third Leading Cause of Death

Medical error kills more people in the United States than accidents, strokes, Alzheimer's disease or suicide.  Yet medical error is rarely talked about in those terms and as a result, doesn't get the public attention it deserves.

Many parents don't realize the costs of raising a child with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a birth injury caused by partial oxygen deprivation to the brain of the fetus. It can be the result of medical malpractice at numerous points during the birthing process. While the financial cost of raising the child is not a parent's first thought after a birth injury, it is, unfortunately, something they must consider.

FDA Warns Against Drug Mix-ups

The FDA is warning doctors, pharmacists and patients about how easy it is to mix up drugs that have similar brand names.  Specifically, the FDA reports there has been confusion between the antidepressant Brintellix and anti-blood clotting medication Brilinta that has resulted in the wrong medication being prescribed or dispensed.

The Effect of Tort Reform on the Care You Get in the Emergency Room

Over and over we hear that doctors are so afraid of being sued that they feel forced to practice "defensive medicine".  The implication is that doctors are so fearful they order unnecessary tests or unnecessary hospital admissions, thus raising health care costs for all of us.  And while many, including the Congressional Budget Office, have suggested that "some so-called defense medicine may be motivated less by liability concerns than by the income it generates for physicians", the notion that limits on physician liability are needed to protect the consumer from "defensive medicine" just won't go away.

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