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Medical Errors Are One of the Leading Causes of Death in the United States

Over 200,000 people die each year because of preventable medical errors, negligence or misdiagnosis. Perhaps just as alarming, according to Consumer Reports, is that there are thousands of physicians who are currently practicing, who also happen to be on medical probation.

Lower-Rated Hospitals are Deadlier | Medical Errors

Your Chance of Being the Victim of a Medical Error is Significantly Higher at Lower-Rated Hospitals Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind cancer and heart disease. While you may have heard this statistic before, you may not realize that your chance of being the victim of a medical [...]

Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death

Medical Errors May Now Be the Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States Most of us have heard stories which give us nightmares—stories of nurses giving a drug to one patient that was meant for another, stories of the wrong body part being amputated during a surgical procedure, stories of “on call” doctors being [...]

Why A Poor Medical Outcome Is Not Enough To Win A Medical Malpractice Case

There are Three Essential Elements Which Must Be Proven in Any Medical Malpractice Case Negligence; Causation; and Damages -- “Negligence” is defined as unreasonable conduct by a medical professional (malpractice); -- “Causation” is defined as the “nexus” connecting the unreasonable conduct (negligence) with a resulting effect, typically an injury. A medical professional’s negligence must be the [...]

Pennsylvania Widower Alleges That Wife’s Brain Hemorrhage Was Malpractice

Brain Hemorrhage Malpractice Accusation A Pennsylvania widower has accused a local Willow Grove medical facility and its doctors of medical malpractice which resulted in the death of his wife from a subarachnoid hemorrhage. On August 28, 2016, Anne Springfield was admitted to the Emergency Department at Abington Memorial Hospital with generalized aches and fever. Doctors prescribed [...]

When Surgeons Operate on the Wrong Body Part | Surgical Checklist

What happens when a doctor performs the wrong surgery? Or removes the wrong organ? Or operates on the wrong patient? While this may seem like the stuff of science fiction or movies, sadly that is not the case. Serious and often life-threatening surgical errors often occur in operating rooms across the country. In fact, statistics show [...]

Infections & Sepsis : Delays in Antibiotics & Medical Malpractice

Shockingly, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 25 patients will acquire an infection while in the hospital. These infections can be life-threatening, especially if not identified and treated quickly. The elderly, small children, and immuno-compromised patients are especially vulnerable to infections that can quickly get into the bloodstream and cause fatal sepsis. Untreated [...]

Surgery Errors – “Never Events” Should NEVER Happen

Every day thousands of surgeries occur across the country in hospitals and outpatient clinics. These surgeries range from routine procedures such as tonsillectomies, to more serious and potentially life-threatening open heart surgeries and brain surgeries. Whenever you or someone you love is undergoing a surgical procedure, you place a great deal of trust in the surgeon [...]

When Anesthesia Errors are Fatal

Patients undergoing surgical procedures receive a type of medicine, known as anesthesia, which puts them into a deep "sleep," preventing them from feeling pain or fear during the procedure. General anesthesia puts a person all the way "under," while local anesthesia takes away the pain in only a specific area. While many anesthesia errors result in [...]