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Malpractice happens in multiple medical situations

There are dozens of injuries that can take place at a hospital. Malpractice may happen when you least expect it. For example, when you think of anesthesia injuries, you probably think about people waking up too soon or passing away because of the wrong dosages of medications. There are actually many other forms of anesthesia errors that can cause problems including breaking teeth when inserting the breathing tube used during the surgery and nerve damage. Of course, organ damage, cardiopulmonary arrest and death are also concerns.

Understanding the 4 main types of medical malpractice

Medical malpractice lawsuits are usually very complex and often require the testimony of medical experts and representation of experienced attorneys. These are cases where a plaintiff claims that he or she suffered an injury because of the negligence of a doctor, medical facility or medical staff. Because there are a number of different types of patients, doctors, facilities and treatments, there are different types of medical malpractice cases. Here are four types of medical malpractice that are commonly brought against doctors and hospitals.

Widow sues hospital for improper diagnosis of bacterial infection

The family of 43-year-old Athens, Ohio, man who died on April 20, 2016 at the Medical Center at Ohio State University has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against various defendants for what is alleged to have been his wrongful death from necrotizing fascitis. Among the defendants, there is the Holzer Clinic, Ohio Health O'Bleness Hospital, Athens Medical Associates and emergency room physicians who treated the man.

Bill would make winning malpractice suits more difficult

A bill sponsored by Republicans in the House of Representatives would make it more difficult for older Americans and low-income people to win medical malpractice lawsuits. This could include those based on defective medical devices or drugs. This is part of their plan to replace President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Emergency room errors aren't excusable at all

Emergency rooms are very busy places. It is imperative that you get the care that you need when you are seeking care at the ER. Just because doctors and nurses are busy doesn't mean that your care can suffer. We can help you to learn about your options if you suffered injury because of errors in the ER.

Small hospitals with low emergency room admit rates pose risks

Annually, 20 percent of the population winds up in emergency rooms all across the United States. According to a study published this month in The BMJ, the hospital where they seek care could make the difference between their recovery or death.

Why a delayed diagnosis can be complicated in malpractice suits

A delayed diagnosis is one of the more common reasons for a medical malpractice suit, because it can mean that the results of the ailment are more detrimental to the person's health than they should have been. For example, if a cancer diagnosis had been made on time, the cancer may have been treated and beaten at only one location, but a failure to diagnose the cancer at the proper time could cause it to spread. This could lead to far longer treatments, it could mean the cancer can't be overcome, and it could even mean that a survivable condition could turn terminal.

Dental malpractice leads to 15 illnesses and 1 death

Patients who visited one dentist for oral surgery during 2014 and 2015 are at an increased rate of developing a serious heart infection known as endocarditis. The dentist, who doesn't practice in Ohio, has been linked to 15 cases of the bacterial form of this illness. All of the patients who have been affected had intravenous sedation prior to the procedure.

What is a medication error versus an adverse event?

When you suffer harm because of a medication, you might hear the terms medication error or drug event. These two terms can lead to similar harm when they occur; however, they aren't caused by the same thing. It is important to know the differences if you are going to seek compensation for the harm that you suffered.

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