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September 2012 Archives

4,000 Objects Left In Patients After Surgery Each Year In U.S.

Every surgical operation comes with risks, but most hospitals work hard to minimize complications within their control. However, one mistake that can easily be eliminated continues to victimize thousands of U.S. patients. Items such as sponges, gauze or surgical instruments are left inside the bodies of patients an estimated 4,000 times every year.

Five Attorneys At McKeen & Associates Receive 'Super Lawyers' Honors

Super Lawyers rating service recently released this year's list of top lawyers and McKeen & Associates, P.C., is well-represented. Brian J. McKeen, Euel W. Kinsey and Robert H. Darling were named 2012 'Super Lawyers,' while Derek J. Brackon and Phillip B. Toutant were distinguished as 'Rising Stars.'

Family: Airline Discriminated Against Child With Down Syndrome

A California family insists American Airlines discriminated against it when the airline wouldn't allow a disabled boy to board its plane. The family was trying to fly from New Jersey to California and decided to upgrade two of its three tickets to first class. However, at the gate they were prevented from boarding.

MRSA Study: Hospital Infection Rates Double Over Five Years

New research from the University of Chicago suggests that hospital patients are at least twice as likely to suffer an infection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than they were just a short time ago. The data shows that 21 of 1,000 patients suffered a hospital-acquired MRSA infection in 2003. Just five years later, that number doubled to 42 of every 1,000.

Birth Injury Suit Results In $103M Award For Cerebral Palsy Teen

A New York teen recently won a long legal battle against the hospital responsible for her cerebral palsy condition. The 17-year-old not only convinced the jury that she was the victim of hospital negligence as an infant, but she painted a clear picture of how cerebral palsy has impacted her life. You see the victim, Stephanie, has a twin sister who was born healthy, without disability.