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World Patient Safety Day

For the first time, September 17, 2019 is being recognized as World Patient Safety Day to increase awareness about the importance of keeping patients safe when they are in the care of medical facilities. Unfortunately, approximately 2.6 million deaths occur annually across the world due to about 134 million events that take place under the [….]

Medical Malpractice Does Not Discriminate

Medical malpractice is defined as harm to a patient by a doctor, who does not competently perform their medical duties. This is extremely common across the United States today, in fact, it is currently the third leading cause of death in America. Medical malpractice is universal and it affects people in every socio-economic group, from [….]

USA Most Dangerous Place to Give Birth in Developed World

According to a report by USA Today, the United States is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. Each year, more than 50,000 women are injured and about 700 die during or after childbirth. Half of these deaths and injuries are preventable with the proper care. To make matters worse, hospitals [….]

Aetna under investigation after exec admits to denying care without reviewing patient records

A former medical director at Aetna, the third-largest health insurance provider in the United States, admitted under oath that he approved and denied patient’s care without reviewing their medical records. According to reports by CNN and Fortune magazine, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is now investigating Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma. Jones said of the investigation: [….]

Illinois plaintiffs given more time to file medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuits

The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Moon v. Rhode that the more liberal discovery rule applies to the case. As such, the potential time limit that plaintiffs are given to file medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuits is expanded. Normally, plaintiffs are given only two years from the discovery of an injury and [….]

Hospitals doing away with ‘deny-and-defend’

Hospitals habitually are cautious when it comes to disclosing particular details of a medical procedure for fear of being slapped with a medical malpractice lawsuit if the operation did not go as smoothly as planned. However, in recent years, more hospitals are opting to be more open to their parents and their families instead of [….]

Arkansas lawyers fight against proposal to put cap on medical malpractice fees

Financial reports released on Friday, August 12 showed that the Committee to Protect AR Families, received more than $400,000 from attorneys during its first month of fundraising. The group is which is opposing a suggested change to the Arkansas Constitution that seeks to put a cap on lawyer fees in lawsuits against medical care providers. The [….]

Making Everyday Medical Decisions

How often do you here the phrase, “I made a mistake. I’m only human.”? Does that phrase also insinuate “I’m not accountable?” Every state has unique regulations that keep practicing doctors, teachers, and lawyers accountable for their decisions and actions. However, hearing that 2% of the nation’s doctors have been responsible for 50% of the total malpractice [….]

Bone & Joint Institute physicians sued for alleged prescription errors

Kimberly Jansen has filed a lawsuit against two physicians, namely, Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky and Dr. Susan Lewandowski, and the hospital they work for, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute of Morton Grove in Cook County Circuit Court. In her suit, she claims that due to them prescribing an inappropriate dosage of a medication she had to take [….]

Improvement of healthcare another way to reduce malpractice claims

According to a study by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, improvements to the quality of hospital care is just as effective at reducing medical malpractice suits as legal methods to reduce a patient’s punitive damages, The State Journal-Register reported on June 13. According to SIU’s chairman of the orthopedic surgery division [….]