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National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2020

Intended to encourage the public to learn more about healthcare safety, National Patient Safety Awareness Week is being held during the week of March 8-14, led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). This week in March serves as a dedicated time and platform to raise awareness about patient safety, advances that have already been [….]


Long Emergency Room Wait Times Cause Issues

After having to wait hours in the emergency room at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, a 25-year-old teacher has died. However, she is not the only one who has experienced delays in receiving medical care at this facility. According to federal documents, Froedtert Hospital staff did not check the woman’s vital signs as often as they [….]


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 [….]