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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.

Outdated equipment can lead to patient harm

Have you ever thought about how the equipment your doctor uses can affect your medical care? If not, you should think about that. Some of the medical innovations that occur come with new or improved equipment. If your doctor doesn't have access to the necessary equipment, you might not get the care you need.

Informed consent is a crucial component of medical care

Barring an emergency need for surgery, anyone who is going into surgery should be informed of the risks and benefits of the surgical procedure. In fact, informed consent is important in a variety of medical procedures because many procedures come with risks. There are some cases in which the informed consent must be obtained in the form of a written statement.

Nursing malpractice is a very serious issue with lots of causes

Nurses are usually tasked with a host of duties when they work in any setting. Being able to provide proper patient care must be a top concern for every nurse. This means learning how to prioritize tasks, such as taking care of a patient's medical needs before assisting with comfort measures like bringing cups of water. It also means having open communication with the rest of the medical team and keeping a close eye on the patient.

What is medical malpractice in nursing?

Medical malpractice is a term that is usually associated with doctors; however, it is a term that can also be used when referring to nurses who don't provide patients with adequate medical care. Patients who are injured by medical malpractice in nursing can seek compensation just like a patient who is injured because of a doctor's medical malpractice.

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