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May 2013 Archives

Medical Malpractice Suits Spur Safer Hospitals, Clinics

medical money.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.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

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for malpractice.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.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.