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Birth Injuries

Birth Injuries

  • What are the risks of a C-Section birth? - Caesarean Section procedures can be a life-saving measure for both mother and baby. An emergency or unplanned C-Section is used when the delivery is considerably slowed or stopped, the baby shows signs of distress, or… ...
  • Infections in the Neonatal ICU a problem in the US - Over 2 million people in the United States acquire preventable infections while staying at a hospital, according to professionals with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Even more sobering, premature infants in the neonatal intensive care… ...
  • Cerebral Palsy – Is it Biased? - I ask in this article whether political (or cultural) considerations influence scientific research at the scientist level; that is, is the person or group doing the research slanting their data or conclusions to fit a… ...

Brain Injuries

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Hospital Mistakes

Hospital Injuries

Medication Errors

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Misdiagnosis

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  • How does a blood clot in the lung kill you? - Have you ever visited someone in a hospital after surgery and wondered about those big plastic sleeves around their legs, that were attached by air hoses connected to a bedside machine that made a periodic… ...
  • Breast Cancer – Find it Early! - The second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today is breast cancer (lung cancer is number one and yet another reason to quit smoking). A woman today has a one in seven chance of… ...
  • Studies Show Annual Breast Cancer Screenings Are Beneficial - A retrospective study based on the records of breast cancer patients has found that the revised guidelines of the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force (USPSTF) have a decreasing effect on survival rates. USPSTF revised their… ...
  • Diagnosing and Treating Ovarian Cancer - Ovarian cancer is the fifth most deadly cancer among women, killing 15,000 women each year. But because symptoms are easily overlooked, diagnosis often comes too late for successful intervention. As a result, more women die… ...
  • Misdiagnosis of MS Results in Hundreds of Patients Receiving the Wrong Treatment - Hundreds of patients a year are being misdiagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic disease that assaults the central nervous system. The symptoms for MS vary for each patient and can… ...
  • Supercomputers replacing doctors? - Doctors and other medical professionals have spent years learning about the various injuries and illnesses that may be affecting their patients. When a patient comes into a clinic or hospital, the doctor will have a… ...
  • CT imaging can lead to unnecessary, dangerous treatments - Over the past 20 years, medical science has developed a number of new treatments and diagnostic tools that help doctors not only manage diseases more effectively, but also save lives. And while these new tools… ...
  • The failure to follow up on lab test results jeopardizes patient safety - The Cook County Record recently reported that a woman is suing her doctors for their alleged failure to follow up on the abnormal results of a bone scan. Subsequently, the woman was diagnosed with metastatic… ...
  • Doctor allegedly fails to inform patient he has bladder cancer - Suit alleges patient thought he was cancer-free and was unaware of test results A Chicago-area woman is suing an Oak Park urologist for allegedly failing to inform her father of his cancer diagnosis, according to… ...
  • What to do when confronted with unexpected blood test results - Human error can result in inaccurate lab work. Doctors and medical professionals test blood samples for a variety of purposes. Lab tests can determine how much blood thinner to give a patient who has just… ...
  • IOM finds “most people” experience at least one misdiagnosis - Misdiagnosis can lead to harm since a failure to properly diagnosis an illness or injury can lead to a delay in needed treatment. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released a publication designed to draw… ...

Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

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Pediatric Care Malpractice

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Surgical Errors

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General Medical Malpractice

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  • Study reveals medical malpractice “tort reform” is ineffective - Capping the amount of damages a patient can recover in a medical malpractice lawsuit does not lower healthcare costs or improve patient safety, according to a recent study. New research out of the University of… ...
  • Plaintiff’s Deposition - Your (the plaintiff's) deposition is probably the most important part of a medical case. At CHH no one gives a deposition unprepared. We will meet with all of our witnesses before their deposition to describe… ...
  • Three Stages of Discovery in Medical Malpractice Cases - In most states, there are three stages of discovery in medical malpractice cases. First Stage In the first stage most of the questions are directed to the parties only - the plaintiffs and the defendants.… ...
  • Modes of Discovery - There are different ways for lawyers to get the information they need in discovery. One way is to use written questions called interrogatories. Another is to convene a deposition. A deposition describes the giving of… ...
  • Discovery Stage - Discovery is the term used to describe the investigation process that occurs once a case is filed and answered. Compliance with discovery is mandatory for all parties. The idea behind discovery is that if both… ...
  • The role of the medical expert witness in a medical malpractice case - Medical experts are used to define how a doctor's actions are negligent in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Nearly every patient has who has suffered an unexpected negative medical outcome has questions regarding the actions of… ...
  • Differential Diagnosis Cross - Differential Diagnosis – General You'd agree that whenever a doctor sees a patient with abnormal signs or symptoms he is required by the standard of care to formulate a differential diagnosis, correct? It would be… ...
  • Do I Have A Case? - While a bad outcome from medical care is not necessarily the result of malpractice, the error causing a patient's injury may sometime not be obvious – even to the physicians themselves. It often takes both… ...
  • Settlement Model Helps Victims and Lowers Malpractice Litigation Costs - Recent statistics estimate that medical malpractice cases add anywhere from $30 billion to $55 billion to national healthcare costs each year. This is around 2.4 percent of the yearly healthcare budget in the U.S. Many… ...