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Posts tagged "wrongful death"

Journal: Some Hospitals Fall Short On Basic Infection Prevention

Healthcare-associated infections kill 100,000 each year in the U.S., handwash-thumb-170x255-33366.jpgoften because basic safety guidelines are not followed. That is what makes a medical study recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control so disconcerting.

Surgeon's Egotism, Drug Use Caused Patients' Paralysis, Death

The former patients of a surgeonsurgeons-thumb-170x113-32293.jpg recently filed lawsuits against the hospital that hosted him, arguing that it had knowledge that the doctor was an "an egomaniac, mentally ill, an alcoholic, drug addict or a combination thereof."

Infant's Skull Crushed In Forceps Delivery; Suit Will Be Filed

A young couple is pleading for all doctors to discontinue use of forcepsbabyfeet-thumb-166x110-29275.jpg in deliveries after their daughter's skull was fractured. Their baby lived for only five days before dying from severe brain damage allegedly caused by their obstetrician's negligent delivery.

Boston Scientific To Pay $30M For Selling Defective Defibrillators

Boston Scientific and its child company, Guidant,defibrillator-thumb-175x116-27650.jpg recently settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for knowingly selling defective defibrillators. Guidant must pay $30 million.

Hospital Tuberculosis Outbreak Infects At Least 26

The word "tuberculosis" used to bring trepidation to Americans.tuberculosis-thumb-160x213-26519.jpgThe creation of the antibiotic streptomycin in 1946 largely quieted this fear, but a new drug-resistant strain of the disease has surfaced in recent decades. A recent tuberculosis outbreak at a Las Vegas hospital shows why people, again, should fear "TB."

Healthcare-Associated Infections Plague 1.7 Million Every Year

PatientsHospitalInfections-thumb-160x200-22692-thumb-160x200-22693.jpg go to the hospital to improve their health, but each year 1.7 million Americans become worse when they suffer a healthcare-associated infection (HAI). These infections may involve deadly bacteria like clostridium difficile (C. diff), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA) and E. coli. What's especially frightening is that HAIs have been trending upward for years.

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses Soaring, Especially In Women

painkillers-thumb-165x120-22465.jpgPrescription painkiller addictions have quickly become a widespread problem in the U.S., a phenomenon that has been closely followed by officials and lawmakers. However, even after Michael Jackson's death, the prevalence of prescription painkiller overdoses hasn't gotten enough attention. An estimated 16,600 Americans died from prescribed painkiller overdoses in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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.