You Won’t Believe This New Study on Rehabilitation Hospitals

Posted on August 03, 2016 by

A recent study carried out by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discovered patients at rehabilitation facilities are more likely to be harmed by preventable medical errors. Unfortunately, many people hurt by rehabilitation hospital errors are vulnerable and in poor health. Rehabilitation facilities used in the study were not associated with regular… Read more »

Tags: HospitalSafety
Posted in Medication Errors

Why are Surgical Mistakes Kept from Patients and Families?

Posted on August 01, 2016 by

Several weeks ago, we discussed the possibility that hospitals have a ‘culture of silence’ when patients are harmed by medical mistakes. Recent research suggests many doctors still hide medical errors, but that the number is gradually increasing. An article published by CBS News claims many doctors still remain silent on mistakes. According to a study… Read more »

Tags: PatientRights
Posted in Medical Malpractice

How to Use the Internet to Avoid Medication Mistakes

Posted on July 27, 2016 by

Patients may avoid medication mistakes by communicating with their doctors and conducting research on common errors. Under the correct circumstances, the internet can be a useful tool for avoiding medication mistakes. For example, some medications have similar-sounding names that can increase the odds pharmacists or nurses make mistakes. There are online tools that can help… Read more »

Tags: PatientSafety
Posted in Medication Errors

Historical Medical Mistakes You Won’t Believe: Death of a President

Posted on July 25, 2016 by

We often discuss on our blog how patients affected by modern medical mistakes can be killed or left permanently disabled. Historical medical mistakes led to identical outcomes for patients. In some cases, historical medical mistakes had world-changing implications. Throughout the next several months, we are going to walk you through several examples of medical mistakes… Read more »

Tags: History
Posted in Medical Malpractice

Florida Doctor Misdiagnosed Patients for Profits

Posted on July 20, 2016 by

A Florida doctor guilty of misdiagnosing patients to defraud Medicare was sentenced to three years and ten months in prison. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the doctor is guilty of defrauding Medicare Advantage, a Medicare plan involving Humana HMOs (Humana is a health insurance company). The U.S. Attorney’s Office claims the doctor misdiagnosed patients… Read more »

Tags: TampaBay
Posted in Birth Injury

Chicago Medical Malpractice Case a Textbook Example of Birth Injury

Posted on July 18, 2016 by

Birth injuries can have devastating costs for children and their families, both emotional and financial. Even worse, these emotional and medical costs are often preventable. We can use a recent medical malpractice case to explore the consequences of birth injuries further. A Chicago mother and her child were awarded $53 million from a medical malpractice… Read more »

Tags: Pregnancy
Posted in Medical Malpractice

What You Should Know About Anesthesia Before Going Under

Posted on July 13, 2016 by

If you have an important surgical procedure planned in the near future, you may want to stick around and read this blog. While anesthesia is necessary to carry out many procedures, there are complications that have nightmarish outcomes. One of the worst complications is anesthesia awareness, a condition where patients are aware of their surroundings… Read more »

Tags: PatientSafety
Posted in Surgical Errors

Are Hospitals Silent When Patients Are Harmed by Medical Mistakes?

Posted on July 11, 2016 by

Medical mistakes have become the third leading cause of death in the US, but hospitals remain opaque on offering details when these errors happen. Hospitals may be silent on medical mistakes when patients or grieving family members have questions. This might be the case because hospitals may want to avoid liability when patients are killed… Read more »

Tags: PatientRights
Posted in Medical Negligence

Why A Former Microsoft Engineer is Determined to Improve Hospital Safety

Posted on July 04, 2016 by

The Seattle Times recently published the story of a former Microsoft engineer who was left paralyzed from the chest down due to a medical mistake. According to The Seattle Times, the engineer had suffered from ankylosing spondylitis, a condition that causes the spinal cord to become inflamed and brittle. The condition can also cause spinal… Read more »

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Posted in Medical Malpractice

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