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Surgical Malpractice: How to Choose the Right Doctor for You

Doctor Errors, Bad Outcomes, and Medical Malpractice

When you have a problem with your sink or your car, you probably read reviews and testimonials to find the best plumber or mechanic for the job. The experiences of other consumers are often more honest and edifying. So why has a field with as high a physical, financial, and even emotional risk as medicine […]
Surgical Errors

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

Patient Safety at Risk in 7 Surgeries Prone to Doctor Errors

7 Surgeries that Put Patient Safety at Risk for Doctor Errors

Most likely you or someone you know has had surgery. Some surgical  procedures are not necessary but can provide an enhanced quality of life. Other surgeries, however, are potentially life-saving or can prevent significant disability – some being emergency in nature. All surgical procedure carry the potential for doctor errors. But recent research shows some procedures […]
Doctor Errors + Patient Safety

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

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

7 Steps to Give Proper Informed Consent

Giving Informed Consent

One thing you can always count on during a trip to the doctor’s office is signing some paperwork.  There will probably be an intake document that provides or confirms your information. It should also disclose the reason for your visit. You will also likely have a form explaining your HIPPA rights. Also among the forms you receive, […]
Patient Safety + Surgical Errors

Understanding How a Trial Works

Understanding How a Trial Works

Let’s start with the obvious: trials are NOT like what you see on television.  So forget what you have seen on The Good Wife, Law and Order or if you’re a little bit older, L.A. Law. While there may be similarities from time to time the truth is that trials are unscripted live affairs with […]
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