What Happens When Sponges Are Left Inside of Patients?

Posted on September 07, 2016 by

Data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics suggests 5,500 to 7,000 patients have foreign objects left behind after surgery each year. Surgical sponges are one of the worst objects that can be left behind, as they cause excruciating pain and deadly infections. A Los Angeles woman’s horrifying story can serve as an example…. Read more »

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Posted in Surgical Errors

Should You Use Yelp to Find a Hospital or Doctor?

Posted on September 05, 2016 by

People use Yelp to find reviews on restaurants, barbershops, retail stores and other businesses. Customers also leave detailed comments describing their experiences with service. Should we use Yelp to rate hospitals or doctors in the same way we do businesses? Would this be a reliable way of finding hospital safety scores? Yelp does allow patients… Read more »

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Posted in Medical Malpractice

Is This Illness the Most Misdiagnosed Disease in the World?

Posted on August 31, 2016 by

Tens of thousands of Americans have been afflicted by a mysterious illness that causes chronic fatigue, muscle aches, night sweats and chills. No, this is not the flu, it’s Lyme disease, a vector-borne illness (meaning it is caused by bites, mostly from ticks). The illness mimics so many other conditions that it’s frequently called ‘the… Read more »

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Posted in Misdiagnosis

Can Hospital Interpreters Cause Medical Mistakes?

Posted on August 29, 2016 by

Hospitals across the country use interpreters to help doctors communicate with patients who primarily speak foreign languages. In some cases, hospital interpreter mistakes cause patients to suffer permanent or fatal consequences. Several years ago, NPR wrote an article that shared the story of Willie Ramirez, an 18-year-old man who suffered a catastrophic injury due to… Read more »

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Posted in Medical Malpractice

What You Should Know About Wrong-Patient Surgeries

Posted on August 24, 2016 by

Wrong-patient surgeries have horrific and permanent consequences for patients and their families. Doctors may sometimes remove limbs or other body parts from the wrong patients. A wrong-patient surgery that occurred in Massachusetts is gaining national media attention. According to St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, a doctor removed a kidney from the wrong patient. St. Vincent… Read more »

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Posted in Surgical Errors

Are Children More Vulnerable to Medical Errors?

Posted on August 22, 2016 by

Children are more likely than adults to suffer permanent disabilities or death from medical errors. This is because organs and immune systems are still developing during early childhood. Children are also less capable of communicating with doctors or nurses when errors are made. For these reasons, it is important for parents to help prevent medical… Read more »

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Posted in Medical Malpractice

What Are Common Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy?

Posted on August 17, 2016 by

Several weeks ago, we discussed a medical malpractice case involving a newborn who acquired cerebral palsy from a birth injury. The story is a reminder that in some cases, children develop cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice during or shortly after the delivery process. Blunt force trauma, oxygen deprivation and health conditions such… Read more »

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Posted in Birth Injury

Can Pokémon Go Endanger the Safety of Hospital Patients?

Posted on August 15, 2016 by

Millions of people across the world are playing Pokémon Go, a new smartphone game that superimposes the famous franchise over the real world. The goal of the game is to visit these locations and capture as many Pokémon as possible. Unfortunately, this has caused problems for players capturing Pokémon at police stations, on crowded freeways,… Read more »

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Posted in Medical Malpractice

What Parents Should Know If Their Child Has Suffered a Birth Injury

Posted on August 10, 2016 by

Several weeks ago, we discussed a textbook case of medical malpractice involving a newborn. The birth injury lawsuit discussed on our blog can show the lifelong consequences children face when doctors make mistakes during childbirth. Cerebral palsy, paralysis and death are all consequences of birth injuries. Birth injury lawsuits hold hospitals accountable for inflicting these… Read more »

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Posted in Birth Injury


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