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Medical Malpractice Archives

Some specialties have higher risk of medical malpractice

Going to the doctor is seldom pleasant. Even for a routine checkup, there is a level of nervousness about the possibilities. If the doctor finds something irregular, chances are good the patient will be sent to a specialist, and that may increase one's anxiety even more. Medical malpractice data published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that a patient's anxiety about seeing a specialist may not be unfounded.

Doctor accused of medical malpractice after woman's death

Surgery is a frightening prospect for many people in New York. When asked why, many will say they do not like to be put to sleep. The practice of anesthesiology is delicate and deals with many variables, any of which may become a crucial element in a patient's survival of the procedure. One doctor in another state is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit following a surgery that ended a woman's life.

Woman files medical malpractice claim after crippling infection

When preparing for a routine medical procedure, it is common for patients in New York and elsewhere to feel a little nervous. After all, anytime people are sedated and their bodies opened for surgery, there is a risk of complications. Those complications are often preventable, and when patients are left with the devastating consequences of medical malpractice, they may seek compensation.

Family files medical malpractice suit for fatal dental procedure

Sometimes surgical procedures are risky, and patients and their families in New York understand the higher possibility of injury or death. However, when death results from a routine, seemingly simple surgery, families are often left stunned and confused. Parents in another state are devastated after the death of their vibrant teenage daughter during a dental extraction. After denying their intent to sue for medical malpractice, the parents have reconsidered.

Medical malpractice reform may be on its way

Top lawmakers and some members of the incoming presidential administration are planning sweeping reforms in the country's health care system. One major change they propose involves medical malpractice, which they feel is reaching a state of crisis. According to proponents of reform, lawsuit abuse in New York and across the country wastes hundreds of billions of dollars as doctors order expensive, unnecessary tests to protect themselves from being sued.

Mother claims medical malpractice after baby mix-up

Historically, mothers of nobility would pass their newborns to hired women who would breastfeed them. This typically doesn't happen anymore in New York or other states because medical science has learned a great deal about the special qualities of a mother's milk. One mother who is well aware of those qualities is suing a hospital in her state for medical malpractice for a mix-up that risked endangering the health of her newborn.

Risk factors associated with ischemic strokes

If you have been reading posts from our website, you are familiar with the most common type of stroke patients suffer: the ischemic stroke. This medical emergency can have a long-term impact on a patient's wellbeing because the blood clot causing the stroke can starve the brain of oxygen it needs to function. We have discussed many of the life-long complications that can result from an ischemic stroke: paralysis, memory loss and difficulty in talking or eating.

Cosmetic surgeon accused of medical malpractice by four women

Cosmetic surgery seems to become more common each year, with millions of men and women in New York and across the country going under the knife seeking improvements in all parts of their bodies. More surgeries also raise the possibility of an increase in medical malpractice lawsuits if doctors become careless in their procedures. One doctor is now facing four women who claim he botched their surgeries, leaving them permanently injured.

Prescribing dangerous drug may be medical malpractice

Childhood illnesses are common, and doctors treat them routinely. Parents in New York can expect to deal with a child's colds, flus and viruses periodically, and may trust a doctor to prescribe medicine for pain and other symptoms. However, when research has shown that certain drugs may be harmful to a child, it is expected that physicians would heed those warnings. When they do not, they risk injuring a child and facing a medical malpractice suit.

Unsanitary conditions may lead to medical malpractice claims

Some hospitals in New York and across the country believe they are setting high standards when they require staff to wash their hands regularly. Others have implemented buddy systems in which health care workers remind one another to sanitize. Nevertheless, it is estimated that 13,000 people die each year from infections contracted during a hospital stay. When those deaths are the result of preventable infection, a patient's family may have a justifiable medical malpractice claim.