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Medical Malpractice & Inpatient Safety

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Despite advancements in awareness, advocation, and litigation, medical malpractice remains a persistent threat to patients – especially those requiring extended hospital stays. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) sheds new light on the prevalence and severity of these adverse events occurring during hospitalization.  Background Conducted across 11 hospitals in […]
Hospital Negligence + Patient Safety

Am I A Victim of Medical Malpractice?

Am I a victim of medical malpractice?

Do I have a medical malpractice case? Bad medical outcomes are an unfortunate reality of medical care. Sometimes they occur despite the doctor’s and patient’s best efforts to heal. While a bad medical outcome does not always mean that medical malpractice has occurred it may be worth it to ask the question: “Am I a […]
Doctor Errors + Medical Error + Medical Malpractice

Identifying Common Doctor Errors

Common Types of Medical Malpractice Complications and bad outcomes are always a possibility in medical treatment. When healthcare professionals fail to meet an established standard of care leading to injury, illness, or death, it is a case of medical malpractice. Malpractice can take place at almost any stage of medical treatment – from the examination […]
Medical Malpractice

How Do I Find a Good Doctor?

How Do I Find A Good Doctor?

Finding a good doctor is one of the most important things we do. Often our search begins by asking our friends, trusted family members, and even our co-workers for their thoughts. That is a great way to start, but our experience has shown that some additional research always yields better results. We are not talking […]
Patient Safety

Blood Clot Patient Safety Tips

Blood Clot Patient Safety Tips

Blood Clots: Risk Factors, Prevention and Treatment Have you ever wondered how a blood clot becomes dangerous? Generally speaking, the ability of your blood to clot is a good thing. When you get a cut, the reason you don’t keep bleeding and bleeding is that your blood contains platelets which make it thicken or “clot.” […]
Patient Safety

3 Common Causes of Birth Injuries

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

What Causes Birth Injuries? A baby’s injury is always devastating to the parents. It is all the more tragic when it occurs during, immediately after, or even before birth. You go from dreaming about all the possibilities for your child to confronting the harsh reality of the many limitations and challenges that now lay ahead. […]
Birth Injuries + Pregnancy-Related Injuries

Is July a Bad Month to go to the Hospital?

Is July a Bad Month to go to the Hospital?

A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that teaching hospitals experience an exponential rise in medication errors every July like clockwork – which just happens to coincide with the arrival of new residents and the departure of many of the seasoned staff members. You may want to ask “is July a […]
Medication Errors + Patient Safety

What Does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Do?

What does a medical malpractice lawyer do?

If you, or someone you love, are the victim of medical malpractice, finding a good medical malpractice lawyer is very important. If you are like most people the only thing you know about medical malpractice law is what you have seen on TV commercials and billboards. Most of those advertisements will give you the impression […]
Medical Malpractice

Doctor Errors Happen, Here are Some Ways to Avoid Them

Doctor Errors Happen, Here are Some Ways to Avoid Them

Doctor errors happen. That is a fact. Medicine isn’t the only occupation in which errors occur. There are mechanic errors, fast food errors, printing errors, etc… Every sort of work is going to have errors. Doctor errors, however, can have pretty significant, even life-threatening, consequences. We go to a doctor and expect that he or […]
Doctor Errors

Thousands of Surgical Errors Occur Every Year (Infographic)

Surgical Errors

Every year thousands of surgical errors occur. Surgical errors are different from bad outcomes, which are the known risks of undergoing a surgical procedure. The document you sign before surgery called a “consent” form, is where the doctor lists these known risks. The consent you give, however, must be “informed;” that is, the doctor must […]
Surgical Errors

Spinal Cord Injuries and Medical Malpractice

Spinal Cord Injuries | Medical Malpractice

A spinal cord injury is a terrible event.  It will change victims’ lives dramatically, leaving them to deal with problems like difficulty breathing, paralysis, and often bouts of severe pain.  Every year around 17,000 spinal cord injuries (SCI) occur in the United States. Unfortunately, 5% of those injuries occur as a result of medical/surgical procedures. […]
Medical Error + Medical Malpractice + Surgical Errors

Understanding Medical Malpractice (Infographic)

Understanding medical malpractice

Understanding medical malpractice and why it happens can be difficult. This post and infographic will hopefully help. When we go to a doctor or hospital, we put our faith in the ability of our doctors to provide us with a certain level of skilled health care. We do so because one of the most fundamental […]
Medical Malpractice

Patient Safety Checklist to avoid Doctor Errors

Patient Safety Checklist

Avoiding doctor errors is something everyone wants to do.  After all, a visit to the doctor or a hospital is about feeling better, not worse.  Most of the time patient safety is a high priority for healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, there are times that mistakes are made and patients find themselves worse off than when they […]
Doctor Errors + Medical Error + Patient Safety

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

A bad outcome to a medical procedure is the last thing anyone plans on when going to the doctor.  After all, you go to the doctor to be healed. It is possible, however, that despite a doctor’s best efforts you won’t get better. If a doctor does the best job he or she can do […]
Doctor Errors

Medical Expertise Helps Identify Surgical Errors

Medical expertise helps identify surgical errors

Medical Expertise Helps Identify Doctor Errors During Surgery. There are many reasons for surgical errors. One is the failure of the surgeon to recognize that a postoperative complication is related to the surgery itself. Some complications occur because a surgeon fails to recognize the unusual anatomy of an individual patient and ends up either cutting something […]
Doctor Errors + Medical Malpractice + Surgical Errors

What is Medical Malpractice?

What is Medical Malpractice?

You may have seen ads on TV or on billboards for medical malpractice lawyers and their firms.  You may have heard of someone who was part of a medical malpractice lawsuit. You may even have heard people on the news discussing medical malpractice.  This all may lead you to ask: “What is Medical Malpractice?” What […]
Medical Malpractice

How to Make the Difficult Decision to Sue a Doctor

How to Make the Difficult Decision to Sue a Doctor.

Believe it or not, people struggle over the decision to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.  The difficult decision to sue a doctor can be very frustrating. Often it comes down to the negative stereotypes people have regarding medical malpractice lawsuits, as we talked about in our last post. However, in some cases, people feel guilty. This […]
Medical Malpractice

The Importance of Informed Consent

The Importance of Informed Consent

Why Is Informed Consent Important? Informed consent is critical to patient safety. To make the best decision regarding your own health, you should be provided with all available information about your situation. Asking questions is important. However, in the middle of a health crisis, it can be hard to remember. Focusing on asking the right questions […]

Illinois Supreme Court to decide doctor credentialing case

What information a hospital can keep private about its credentialing process for physicians is before the state’s highest court. When a doctor causes harm to a patient, the injured patient understandably has many questions. How did this happen? Who is responsible? What could have been done differently? While there is no guarantee on any medical […]

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