Causes of medical malpractice generally involve negligence or carelessness on the part of medical professionals and other employees of the facility they practice in. However, medical malpractice may also results from a failure to take appropriate actions or follow established medical procedures fully. The following are some of the most common causes of medical malpractice seen in healthcare facilities today.
Receiving anesthesia for surgery may have an effect on young brains that puts kids at a long-term cognitive disadvantage, researchers found.
Chad D. Engelhardt was recently named by his alma mater, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, as an adjunct professor teaching pre-trial skills at the Ann Arbor campus.
Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top ten list. And more than fifteen years later, its infamy continues. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case. It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts? Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.
While a number of cases of medical negligence are filed every year in the United States, many more injured patients may forgo such claims. For a variety of reasons, patients may not realize they were the victims of medical malpractice, leaving them to bear the brunt of the physical, emotional, and economic harm they may be suffering. Sometimes medical errors may not become apparent until days or even weeks after a procedure, while other patients may simply not connect a health problem to recent care they received.
Each person is different, and the medical treatment a patient receives should be tailored to private needs. To achieve the best results from personalized medical care, the medical professional and the patient must be completely open with one another. However, studies show that doctor-patient relationships are still lacking in modern health care.
Medicare officials have selected 500 primary care practices to be part of a 4-year pilot project testing the use of care coordination bonuses to improve quality and lower costs.
Malpractice claims dipped dramatically among Massachusetts physicians after they began using electronic medical records, according to new research, although it's not clear whether the record-keeping was connected to the decline in claims.
Patient dumping is the practice of hospitals physically removing patients from the hospital, usually prematurely, and almost always those who are indigent or on Medicare. Many patients have been refused care, while others have been transferred elsewhere. Patients on Medicare have had the right to challenge a premature discharge after treatment since 1986 after the passage of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). While this regulation was adopted primarily to fight Medicare fraud, you may be able to file a medical malpractice suit if you or a family member was negligently “dumped” by the hospital, especially if treatment was subpar or non-existent.
According to World Health organization, almost 10,000 kidneys are sold in the black market every year or one kidney sold every hour, The Guardian reported on Sunday.
A new test may enable doctors to diagnose a heart attack in as little as one hour, which would save time and money and reduce crowding in hospital emergency rooms, researchers claim.
Currently, patients who have had a stroke are given tissue plasminogen activator, a drug to dissolve blood clots. Physicians then wait for any signs of recovery. New research suggests that measuring electrical activity in the brain would be a better way to monitor stroke patients.
People with health insurance were more likely to recover than people with substandard health insurance or without it altogether.
A British man had to undergo emergency surgery after doctors left a pair of eight-inch long forceps inside his body during an appendix operation.
Cesarean births should only be conducted only when absolutely necessary because the risk of infection is so high, experts warn.
A case study published in Discover magazine outlines the story of a woman who would pass out any time she reclined on a bed or was standing upright. The only way she could maintain consciousness was if she was held upside down.
Veron - whose name means "Miracle Light" in Spanish - was born in April. Upon her delivery, doctors pronounced her dead. That would have probably been the most likely outcome: Veron was premature, born an incredible three months early. The baby showed no signs of life. Nearly immediately, she was shipped off to the morgue.
For many minorities living in an overpopulated neighborhood can be fatal to one's health.
Conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, 38,000 patients record were assessed and researchers found older adults who suffer from head trauma during the weekend are considerably more likely to die from their injuries than on weekdays.
Black, Hispanic and Asian women - and a handful of white women not born in the U.S. - accounted for 41 percent of all births nationwide between 1993 and 2006, but for 62 percent of pregnancy-related deaths, researchers found.
Researchers recommend that physicians be sensitive when talking about children's weight and avoid using words that may hurt their parents' feelings.
After being advised by physicians to give his daughter painkillers and water, Rashid Fernando is now mourning the death of his two-year-old daughter.
Thousands of people in Colorado may have been infected with HIV or hepatitis after a local dentist was discovered to have been reusing dirty sedation syringes and needles to some of his 8,000 patients for 12 years.
Ten women are in the process of suing a St. Louis-area plastic surgeon for posting pictures of their breasts on the internet.
A nurse at a Toledo hospital in Ohio ruined a kidney that was meant to be transplanted into a woman - by throwing it into the trash.
Most people are unwilling to contradict their doctor in discussions on medical treatment, according to a U.S. survey showing that most want a say in treatment decisions or they may end up not following the advice.
Consumers shouldn't expect straight talk about robot surgery from hospital websites, but rather vague claims and marketing mantras, according to a new U.S. study.
The pill is implanted with a microchip that is about the size of a grain of sand that reacts with digestive materials.
Doctors continuously underestimate the need of informing their patients on potential risks.
DETROIT (AP) - Dozens of Michigan hospitals are expected to pay federal penalties because too many heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients needed to be readmitted within 30 days.
A 69-year-old man from Detroit is the second victim.
A medical error is the sixth primary reason of death in the United States and is completely preventable. According to the American Association for Justice medical errors kill and seriously injure hundreds of thousands of Americans every year, costing approximately $29 billion. In addition, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement estimates that there are 15 million incidents of medical harm each year, and found that Medicare patients who experienced a patient-safety incident had a one-in-five chance of dying as a result.
Plaintiff says doctor went in incorrect order, surgery aborted intra-operatively
At the outset of surgery after opening Miller's chest, there was a tear of the right atrium with resulting hemorrhage and a need to resuscitate the patient with blood transfusions. Thereafter, as Devaney then attempted to "mobilize the chest," he tore Miller's aorta, resulting in even more hemorrhage and a surgical crisis. Additional surgeons were summoned emergently to assist, and more resuscitation was required.
Communication failures cited for misdiagnosis, unperformed intervention
At deposition, one of the urologists admitted that the surgery was ill advised, claiming that he undertook it because the patient insisted. The urologist's reasoning was contrary to his own operative report and records.
The benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks, but parents should still make the final decision about whether it's right for their child, a task force on circumcision said.
Drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry capsules or tablets was associated with a protective effect against urinary tract infection, a systematic review found.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Of patients with systemic hypertension but preserved ejection fraction, those with pulmonary hypertension tended to be older and female, a retrospective study found.
Recently a series of sweeping proposed laws have been introduced in the Michigan Senate and Michigan House that are supposed to "reform" the law in Michigan regarding medical malpractice cases. The stated purpose of these of these bills is to "protect" patients and keep doctors from leaving the state.
CHICAGO - Commercial insurers incorrectly processed about one in 10 claims in the early part of 2012, which is a major improvement over error rates from last year, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).
Mistakes can happen during surgery. Surgeons can do the wrong surgery. They can operate on the wrong part of your body. Or they can operate on the wrong person. Hospitals and other medical facilities that are accredited by The Joint Commission must follow a procedure that helps surgeons avoid these mistakes. (Facilities that are accredited by The Joint Commission are listed on The Joint Commission's Quality Check website: www.qualitycheck.org.) Mistakes can also happen before or after surgery.
Choosing the right long term care organization is a challenging task. Whether it will be for yourself, a family member or a friend, it is important to know what questions to ask when you visit long term care facilities.
WASHINGTON, August, 25, 2012 - For over 20 years, Missouri juries, like too many other juries in the United States, were not necessarily the last word in providing justice to civil litigants who took their claims to court. Damages caps have now been removed in Missouri, and those injured due to the neglect of others will now be responsible in full, as a jury determines.
Hospital menus appear to go heavy on the salt, researchers found.
A mother and her child were doing fine 3 years after the woman received therapeutic hypothermia following a cardiac arrest during pregnancy, a case report showed.
WASHINGTON -- The FDA has issued a Class I recall on several lots of cardiovascular diagnostic tests because of a potentially fatal sensitivity error that increases the rate of false positive and false negative results.
On July 23, 2012, the State of Michigan Supreme Court ("Michigan Supreme Court") decided a case in which the issue was how to apply Michigan's cap on noneconomic damages when a medical malpractice jury renders a verdict but there was a settlement reached with some medical malpractice defendant(s) before the trial. In the particular case before the Michigan Supreme Court, the plaintiff had settled with two hospitals before trial in the amount of $195,000 and thereafter filed a medical malpractice case against a physician who the plaintiff claimed was also responsible for her injuries.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A report says Michigan lags many other states in measures of child well-being.
Restrictions on the length of time that residents can be on duty will have a negative impact on the quality of training, surveyed surgical interns said.
Anorexic patients think they are larger than they actually are, but researchers found that they correctly assessed the dimensions of others.
Inappropriate drug prescribing for the elderly is still common, with possible risks in about one in five prescriptions, a Dutch systematic review found.
When ranking hospitals on outcomes for treating acute ischemic stroke in Medicare patients, it might be necessary to take into account the patients' initial stroke severity, researchers found.
Hospitals that provided a disproportionate amount of care to uninsured and Medicaid patients scored worse in patient satisfaction than did hospitals that bore less of a burden for uncompensated care, researchers found.
QUINCY, ILL. — Misuse of prescription pain killers has become a leading cause of death across the country.
Better regional systems of postresuscitation care for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest appeared to improve outcomes, a Japanese study showed.
WASHINGTON - Implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will make about three-fourths of the seven million children who were uninsured in 2009 eligible for health insurance, a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found.
Nearly 40 doctors, researchers, and public health officials Wednesday asked the Food and Drug Administration to change the labeling used on narcotic painkillers, a move that, if approved, would make it more difficult for drug companies to market the medications for chronic, noncancer pain.
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Exposure to high levels of fluoride in drinking water may harm children's neurodevelopment, according to a systematic review and metaanalysis of published studies.
Infants who receive antibiotics before 6 months of age may be at increased risk for obesity during childhood, according to data from a cohort of 10,000 children in the United Kingdom.
Despite strict adherence to sanitary practices, a tattoo parlor in Rochester, N.Y., was the center of an outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae skin and soft tissue infections, researchers reported.
Loss of a spouse to a myocardial infarction (MI) was associated with a significant risk for depression and psychotropic medication use by the surviving partner, a large Danish study found.
Intensive care admission practices varied widely at Veterans Affairs hospitals, suggesting a lack of consensus about high- and low-risk patients, investigators concluded.
The FDA has issued a Class I recall of leaky breathing tubes that compromise the delivery of ventilation.
Surgery residents committed eight times as many errors during simulated procedures when realistic distractions and interruptions were introduced than when they completed procedures without interruption, investigators reported.
Most U.S. hospitals are scrambling to reduce readmissions for heart failure and heart attack as financial disincentives go into effect this fall, but efforts aren't always targeting recommended methods, a survey found.
Women who have a lot of stress at work appear to have a greater cardiovascular risk than those with lower-stress jobs, an analysis of the Women's Health Study showed.
Rates of a wide range of birth defects were influenced by occupational exposures in the children's fathers, an exploratory study showed.
Congress is once again considering a bill that would eliminate liability for harm caused by dangerous drugs.
Most of the information turned up by online searches seeking information about baby sleep safety is wrong, researchers said.
Levels of nurse staffing and burnout were significantly associated with rates of hospital-acquired infections in Pennsylvania, researchers said.
More than 2,000 hospitals - including some nationally recognized ones - will be penalized by the government starting in October because many of their patients are readmitted soon after discharge, new records show.
Patients with Alzheimer's disease who develop delirium while hospitalized - a common and preventable occurrence - saw worsening of their dementia, researchers found.
Agreements in which the maker of a brand name drug promises a patent challenger, it will not launch a competing authorized generic are anti-competitive and should be stopped, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) told a federal court.
Private sector workers who have paid sick leave are less likely to be hurt on the job, researchers found.
Trauma-associated hypothermia evolves from a combination of injury severity and potentially modifiable environmental and treatment-related factors, French investigators reported.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) after colorectal surgery decreased by a third after implementation of a surgery- and unit-based safety program, investigators reported.
Pediatric inpatients had more adverse events at academic hospitals but fewer preventable complications compared with non-academic centers, a review of Canadian hospital data showed.
Shift workers had a significantly higher risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, and coronary events compared with the general population, a review of published data showed.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Measures to upgrade safety for Alzheimer's patients at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans aren't enough for the daughter of a resident who died after he was beaten by another resident in April.
Surgical errors are unfortunately common. Although classed in the category of "never events," or types of medical malpractice that should never occur, surgical errors such as amputating the wrong body part persist.
It happens all the time. People Google a doctor and find one website that says he's an optometrist while another says he's an ophthalmologist. Or, it says he's located at an old address.
At a time when medical malpractice claims in the state have already dramatically decreased and Michigan has among the lowest average claim payments in the country, a package of tort reform would make it even tougher for lawyers trying medical malpractice cases, attorneys say.
Television crime dramas may draw big audiences, but they don't seem to work as a recruiting tool for forensic pathologists.
The in-hospital cost of treating trauma patients is lowest in the Northeast and highest in the West, but without a significant difference in mortality rates across the U.S., researchers reported.
If development of innovative new drugs is lagging, it's largely because the pharmaceutical industry would rather spend its money on protecting the franchises built around existing products, two researchers charged.
A test for heart problems called coronary CT angiography is overused as much as 15% of the time, a costly intervention that can lead to complications, a Michigan study published today says.
Deb Waldin showed up at a Minneapolis-area emergency room one night last summer with the worst pain she’d ever felt — a kidney stone. While she waited to see a doctor, a man rolled a computer into her emergency-room bay and asked her to pay $750 or $800.
New Hampshire health officials are screening roughly 3,300 Exeter Hospital patients for hepatitis C after a former hospital worker was charged with infecting patients in his attempt to steal drugs.
Many Women Aren't Told Their Breast Type May Cloud Cancer Screening; More States Consider Notification
It’s caused drug makers to tighten caps on prescriptions and create programs to better educate doctors on who to prescribe them.
Pediatric patients who have undergone either procedure should receive only the lowest effective dose of drugs that contain codeine, for the shortest time, and only on an as-needed basis, the agency said.
With aging, the prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) increases. In individuals aged 65 and older, the prevalence of AF is about 5%, and doubles to 10% in those aged 80 and older.1 Additionally, as the population ages, the number of people with AF is rising dramatically, with 5.6 million people in the United States projected to have AF by the year 2050. In this population, the risk of ischemic stroke is of primary concern; nonvalvular AF increases the risk of stroke by 5-fold and is responsible for approximately 24% of strokes in patients aged 80 to 89.1
Results of tests ordered on the day of a patient's discharge from the hospital made up a disproportionate number of tests that doctors never review, Australian researchers found.
C.S. Mott Women and Children’s Hospital is part of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor Health System, one of the organizations Medicare is penalizing for its high readmission rate.
Healthcare providers should have rapid access to legal remedies for end-of-life disputes involving children whose parents resist withdrawal of aggressive therapy on the basis of religious beliefs, authors of a review concluded.
Getting a pet may help autistic children improve their social skills, a small study showed.
Many patients commonly have to wait days, if not weeks, before getting lab results from their doctor. The delay canaffect patients' health negatively.
BOSTON--Massachusetts doctors who make medical errors while treating patients are now required to disclose their mistakes and are allowed to apologize without facing lawsuits under a new health care law that overhauls the state's approach to medical malpractice cases.
Reports of errors in Oregon hospitals grew slightly last year, according to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission.
Hospital chain HCA Holdings Inc., under government scrutiny for allegedly performing unnecessary surgeries and other medical procedures on some Florida patients, has posted healthy profits at its three hospitals in Southern California.