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Hospital and doctors sued for unnecessary surgeries

One Kentucky hospital and several cardiologists are facing lawsuits filed by patients who claim that they underwent unnecessary procedures. These hospital errors are being disputed by the defendants, although there is other evidence suggesting that there may have been unnecessary surgeries, catheterizations and other procedures performed on patients.Altogether, 400 patients are involved in the lawsuit along with 11 cardiologists. The hospital, located in the Kentucky city of London, was cited by Medicare and Medicaid for failure to review the necessity of some 3,367 catheterizations that were performed in 2010 and is currently being investigated by the Justice Department to evaluate the medical necessity of cardiac procedures performed by the facility.

Medical errors far from uncommon

The possibility of medical malpractice is always present, but some believe that the health care industry itself may be to blame. Between the physician, the hospital, the pharmacy and the insurance company involved in a patient's care, there is a great deal of room for hospital errors and miscommunication. Mistakes can occur at any point during a patient's treatment. When a patient first enters the doctor's office, his or her information is taken down and entered into a database. This is the first chance for costly or dangerous mistakes because a simple missed keystroke can mean a wrong diagnosis or incorrect directions for taking medication being given to the patient, opening the potential for injury and damage.

Electronic health records pose safety risk for medical negligence

Ohio residents may be surprised to learn that copying and pasting patient care notes made by other doctors and medical staff in electronic health records or EHRs is a very common practice. It is such an epidemic that one doctor and professor at a major medical university said that it has a name - "sloppy and paste." Imagine you or a loved one is a patient in a hospital and have just undergone a major surgery. Your doctor makes a note in your EHR that you will require a certain dose of a medication.

Family files wrongful death suit in brain injury case

The family of a former NFL star has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Football League, claiming that head trauma the football player suffered during his career led to a brain injury that caused him to commit suicide. Junior Seau, 43, died at his own hand in May after being diagnosed with CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repeated blows to the head. The lawsuit claims that the NFL deliberately concealed evidence of the risks associated with head trauma from players although the organization was aware that repeated hits could lead to permanent damage. The suit is one of more than 175 cases filed over concussion injuries sustained by football players. The family is also suing Riddell Inc., the manufacturer of helmets used by NFL players, claiming that the helmets are unsafe.

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