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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 harms 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

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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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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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How to know if you might have a birth injury claim

The entire basis of a medical malpractice case is to prove that a doctor or healthcare provider was negligent. Medical malpractice occurs when healthcare professionals cause harm because they do not give quality medical care during childbirth or make careless mistakes. If you think your child may have suffered an injury at birth, take note of your child’s physical, social, and emotional developmental milestones. An early diagnosis can help your

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What To Expect After We Take Your Case

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury or medical negligence claim on your hands. The truth is, however, that many accident victims are unaware of what these claims entail and what happens once they decide to file one. For example, you may know that a personal injury settlement is meant to compensate you for financial

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How Dangerous is the Wrong Medical Diagnosis?

One of the most common and dangerous negligent practices in the medical field is giving a patient the wrong diagnosis. The implications of such an error may prove far-reaching. Patients may face struggles when a medical professional draws the wrong conclusion from tests or fails to order them. Dive into some things that may go wrong when a doctor gives the incorrect diagnosis. It delays the proper treatment Doctors often

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How burnout in the medical industry may be causing malpractice incidents

Even if you don’t work in the medical industry, you probably know how stressful being a doctor or nurse can be. Every day, physicians and other medical professionals work under tremendous pressure, especially in hospitals. They are responsible for the lives and well-being of several severely injured or sick patients. These days, the problem is even worse in many parts…

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Common types of medical malpractice issues

When seeing health care professionals, you expect to be in trusted hands. You have questions and concerns about medical issues every time you go in for an appointment, seek medication, enter surgery or for any other health-related matter. You expect precise answers and precise results. However, infallibility does not always occur in medical settings. Physicians, nurses and medical support staff…

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What common risk factors can lead to anesthesia issues?

Individuals of all ages might struggle with numerous conditions that make anesthesia a significant risk. It is up to the doctor, nurses, surgical team and anesthesiologist to account for these risk factors and adjust any treatment or procedures. Common risk factors can include: Health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney problems or lung conditions. Neurological disorders including seizures.…

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Medical malpractice and children: From birth to teens

The things parents want most for their children include safety and good health. Unfortunately, sometimes children are born with health problems that are no one’s fault and that science and technology can not yet prevent. However, some injuries to otherwise healthy children are completely preventable and are due to a doctor’s negligence. A study by the Doctors Company – the…

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How compensation is calculated for birth injuries

In many cases, a birth injury profoundly predicts the course of the infant’s life. Sadly, the child might face a lifetime of disability. They may need a lot of help and accommodation to enjoy a comfortable and dignified life. If your child’s birth injuries were the result of negligence from your doctor, nurse or another member of the medical team,…

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Failing to make a proper diagnosis can be medical malpractice

Patients in Kentucky and across the country rely on the knowledge and expertise of medical professionals. Successful medical treatment is a step-by-step process that requires doctors and providers to be thorough and meticulous. If one step is missed in any part of the treatment process, the patient can suffer permanent or fatal injuries. Even something that seems minor, like misreading a…

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