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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

Patient Safety at Risk in 7 Surgeries Prone to Doctor Errors

7 Surgeries that Put Patient Safety at Risk for Doctor Errors

Surgery isn’t an uncommon event for people in the United States. Almost everyone either has had some form of surgical procedure or knows of someone who has. Some of these procedures are not necessary but can lead to an enhanced quality of life. Other surgeries, however, are potentially life-saving or prevent significant disability. Some such […]
Doctor Errors + Patient Safety

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

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

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Overcome Guilt

Helping Medical Malpractice Victims Overcome Guilt

Victims of Medical Malpractice Often Need Help Overcoming Guilt When a client comes to talk to us about whether they should file a medical malpractice case or not, one of the greatest hurdles that we have to overcome right away is guilt. Surprisingly, when we talk to people about the fact that doctors were responsible […]
Medical Malpractice

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims

Analyzing Records for Medical Malpractice Victims The essence of evaluating a medical malpractice case is determining what happened and how the injury occurred. We have a great deal of experience in practicing medicine. We understand how the health care system works, how people keep records, and this knowledge is very valuable to try to determine, in […]
Medical Malpractice

Understanding Hospital Negligence

Understanding Hospital Negligence

No one goes to the hospital and thinks of it like staying at a hotel. There is always a risk of a bad outcome. When treatment at a hospital results in injury or death, victims or their families may question whether it was the result of hospital negligence (a form of medical malpractice). As complicated […]
Hospital Negligence

Identifying Common Doctor Errors

Identifying Common Doctor Errors

Complications and bad outcomes are always a possibility in medical treatment. When doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to adhere to an established standard of care and that leads to injury, illness or death, it is a case of medical malpractice. Malpractice can take place at almost any stage of medical treatment — from […]
Medical Malpractice

How Do I Find a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

How Do I Find a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer

As a victim of medical malpractice, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Coping with the new reality you find yourself is difficult. Adding the complexity of a medical malpractice lawsuit may just feel like more than you can bear. Having a good lawyer on your side will make all the difference. So, how do you find […]
Medical Malpractice

How does a blood clot in the lung kill you?

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 whoosh sound? Have you had surgery yourself and wondered why the nurses put elastic stockings on your legs? In the […]

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 developing invasive breast cancer (a cancer that spreads beyond its original site) during her lifetime. There is good news, however. […]

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 recommendations November 2009 to only advise annual mammograms for women in their forties if they have a history of disease […]

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 of ovarian cancer than any other type of reproductive cancer. Like other forms of cancer, early detection is the key […]

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 range from mild numbness in the arms and legs to serious paralysis and blindness. Misdiagnosis of MS is Common Researchers […]

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 discussion to find out some of the symptoms that are present. Using this information, the doctor may order tests to […]

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 will, no doubt, play an important role in developing treatment strategies in the future, evidence is mounting that doctors are […]

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 disease that had spread to her bones. The gist of the complaint was that, when the bone scan showed abnormal […]

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