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May 2013 Archives

Medical Malpractice Suits Spur Safer Hospitals, Clinics

medical money-thumb-150x224-20422.jpgMedical malpractice lawsuits provide accountability for medical errors and allow injured patients to recover compensation. However, another benefit of malpractice suits has been overlooked: the improved safety of American health care.

Johns Hopkins: Malpractice Suits Not Cause Of Costly Healthcare

gavelchange-thumb-140x93-20173.jpgJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently completed a study that supports what medical malpractice attorneys have been saying for decades: malpractice lawsuits are not the cause of soaring healthcare costs.

Study: Diagnosis Errors Are No. 1 Reason For Malpractice Payouts

malpractice-thumb-140x140-19835-thumb-140x140-19873-thumb-140x140-19874.jpgDiagnosis errors account for more than 35 percent of all medical malpractice claim payouts, according to a study published by BMJ Quality and Safety. In malpractice suits involving wrongful death of the patient, a diagnosis mistake was involved 41 percent of the time.

Family Wins $700K Wrongful Death Award Against Nursing Home

syringe-thumb-140x93-19577.jpgIn 2009, a nursing home resident was rushed to the hospital, barely clinging to life. Acting on limited information, the hospital staff attempted to treat the 46-year-old for a heart attack, but he died soon after. Postmortem toxicology tests revealed that the man did not die from an ordinary heart attack, but a morphine overdose.