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Retired surgeon admits to having lied in malpractice case

One would like to believe that medical professionals place the health and well-being of their patients above all other issues. But unfortunately, it appears that this is not always the case. In a previous post on this blog, we covered how difficult it can be for patients to get information about injuries suffered in hospitals. In that post, we described how data pertaining to negligent doctors are withheld from public view.

Why is it so hard to get information about hospital negligence?

When you enter a hospital for care, you expect to be given every piece of pertinent information regarding your treatment. By being informed, you have a greater understanding of what to expect during your stay, which can provide you with a sense of empowerment. And hopefully, all will go as planned and your treatment will be successful.

Falls occur in nursing homes with alarming frequency

With the passing of time, we all lose our strength and dexterity. Our muscles weaken and our bones become brittle. In short, everyone who lives long enough will one day be physically fragile and in need of assistance. And perhaps you are facing this reality as you have watched one of your loved ones enter a nursing home to receive the care he or she needs. As a resident of an elder care facility, your loved one should be properly monitored, and the environment should be as free of potential hazards as possible.

The difference between negligence and an adverse event, part 2

The last blog post described a fictional event in which a hospital patient had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic given to her by hospital personnel. The fictional doctor in that scenario followed the prescribed standard of care. He checked the patient's chart, reviewed her history and saw nothing that would indicate this patient would have an allergic reaction. He even questioned the patient himself about possible allergies.

The difference between negligence and an adverse event, part 1

Consider the following scenario: a person is admitted to the hospital. Gender is not important but for simplicity let's say it's a female and, for the sake of argument, let's say this person is in her thirties and in (prior to her admittance) good health. After some testing, the doctors conclude the patient has contracted an infection that can be treated with antibiotics. The patient is lucid and conscious and able to answer questions about her health history at the time the decision is made.

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When you think about it, it's pretty amazing that there is this idea that that medical facilities and medical personnel are clean and flawless. Hospitals have white walls and bright lights, making it feel clean and pristine. Doctors and surgeons have good bedside manner for a reason. We aren't saying that these things are in place to cover up some grand conspiracy perpetuated by the medical industry to purposely harm patients.

Wrong site, wrong patient and wrong procedure surgical errors

The scariest types of medical negligence cases involve the kind of mistakes that are hard to believe could actually occur. These are wrong site, wrong procedure and wrong patient surgical errors. Essentially, they are exactly as their names imply.

$3 million award in fatal surgical error case

A tragic medical malpractice case was recently completed, and though it didn't happen here in Arizona, it still highlights some important factors about medical care and medical malpractice lawsuits. In 2009, a 64-year-old woman went in for surgery to have an ovarian cyst removed. During the course of the procedure, the woman's bowel was pierced.