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The Impact of Physician Empathy on Chronic Pain Outcomes: Insights from a new study

Chronic pain affects millions of Americans, presenting a significant challenge not only for those suffering but also for healthcare providers striving to offer effective treatment. In the realm of medical malpractice, understanding the nuances of patient care, including the role of physician empathy, is crucial. A recent 2024 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) sheds new light on this topic, demonstrating the profound impact of

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MRI Accidents
Hospital Errors

MRI Accidents

Hospital equipment is designed to help medical personnel diagnose, treat, and monitor patients, allowing doctors and nurses to provide essential healthcare to the sick and injured. Unfortunately, some of this equipment can be extremely dangerous, especially when safety protocols are ignored. One example of this is the case of Ainah Cervantes. In a California healthcare clinic in 2023, the door to an MRI room was left open when the MRI

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Anesthesia Awareness
Medical Errors

Anesthesia Awareness

Anesthesia awareness, a rare but profoundly distressing phenomenon, occurs when a patient regains partial consciousness during surgery or medical procedures under general anesthesia. This condition exposes individuals to an awareness of their surroundings, potentially accompanied by pain and an inability to communicate due to the paralytic agents often used in anesthesia. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we understand the deep psychological and physical impact anesthesia awareness can have

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What Causes Fluid Around the Heart
Failure to Diagnose

What Causes Fluid Around the Heart?

Fluid around the heart, a condition medically referred to as pericardial effusion, can pose significant health risks for those affected. At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we recognize how distressing a diagnosis of pericardial effusion can be, particularly when it might stem from medical malpractice. That’s why we’re here to help victims understand their rights and the legal implications surrounding pericardial effusion malpractice.  If you believe your pericardial effusion

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Expressed Consent
Medical Errors

Express Consent

When it comes to undergoing any treatment or medical procedure, a patient’s consent is a crucial element. This is not just a formality but a fundamental right. Understanding consent is crucial for both patients and healthcare professionals, as it ensures that the patient’s agreement to a procedure or treatment is based on full awareness of the procedure’s nature, benefits, risks, and alternatives.  At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we

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Contrast Dye Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Medical Errors

Death From CT Scan Dye

In 2018, a 70-year-old woman went to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) for an outpatient MRI regarding a mass in her breast. After undergoing some initial MRI scans, she was given intravenous gadobutrol, a contrast dye used to make certain parts of the body more visible in imaging scans. During her initial scans, the woman was able to hold still throughout the process. However, after the dye

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What Are Never Events
Hospital Errors

What Are Never Events?

‘Never Events‘ refers to shocking and unacceptable medical errors that should not occur under any circumstances. These Never Events encompass a broad range of incidents, including surgery performed on the wrong patient, medication errors, and the retention of a foreign object in a patient’s body post-surgery.   At TLF: The Medical Injury Law Firm, we recognize the profound importance of understanding Never Events, not only in regard to patient safety and

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Misdiagnosis in Emergency Departments to blame for 2.5 million harms
Hospital Errors

Misdiagnosis in Emergency Departments to blame for 2.5 million harms

According to a recent review of Emergency Department errors commissioned by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, diagnosis errors and misdiagnosis-related injuries could be to blame for more than 7 million errors, 2.5 million harms, and 350,000 patients suffering potentially preventable permanent disability or death. A key finding from the study was that just 15 clinical conditions accounted for the majority (68%) of diagnosis errors associated with high

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The 4 D's Of Negligence
Medical Errors

The 4 Ds Of Negligence

Medicine is a practice, and there are no guarantees of a cure or even survival if you go see a doctor. In cases where a healthcare provider failed to provide a certain standard of care, leading to the further injury or death of a patient, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be brought against the responsible party. However, it’s not always cut and dry. The law gives us guidelines to prove

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Cauda equina
Failure to Diagnose

Spinal Cord Injuries – Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a condition that is often misdiagnosed. The syndrome occurs when the nerve roots of the cauda equina, which is the lowermost area of the spinal cord, are compressed. The spinal cord ends at the upper portion of the lumbar spine. Due to pressure on the lower nerve roots, motor and sensory functions may be disrupted as these nerve roots supply the lower extremities and the

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Birth Injuries

Preeclampsia in pregnancy poses serious risks to mother and baby

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that requires immediate action. A sign of preeclampsia is high blood pressure or a sudden spike in blood pressure during pregnancy, high levels of protein in urine (proteinuria), or other signs of organ damage. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure has previously been normal. If untreated, this can cause serious, possibly fatal, complications to you and your baby.

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concentrated potassium chloride
Hospital Errors

Pharmacists warn of deadly preventable medical error due to new drug packaging

A medical products company announced new way of packaging potassium chloride for injection concentrates – new packaging of this concentrate has been the in the past associated with at least 3 infant fatalities. What was once stored in a glass bottle is now given in an Excel plastic bag, that looks similar to an IV infusion bag. Pharmacists are concerned about the potential risk for the concentrated potassium chloride to

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