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Is Your ER Doctor an Employee of the Hospital? You May be Surprised

By John Malone

The choice of a hospital emergency department is a potentially life altering choice when you or a loved one is facing a medical emergency.

Hospitals frequently advertise the availability and quality of their emergency departments to draw in new patients; because patients equal revenue. When choosing a hospital emergency department, a numbers of factors might come to mind: the nature of the medical emergency, hospital size, location, rankings, etc.

However, one question that normally does not come up is: who employs the physicians working in the emergency department? This is likely because most people, understandably, assume that the physicians working in the hospital emergency department are employees of the hospital, and that the hospital with all of its resources will stand behind the care being provided by the physicians working in its emergency department. It's only when the emergency department doctor commits medical malpractice and a patient seeks just compensation for their injuries that the patient finds out that the doctor was an independent contractor, not a hospital employee, and the hospital will do everything it can to avoid being held liable for the quality of the care that was provided.

Surgical sponge never events: One system could help

Sponges are used in surgeries and are designed to absorb blood and keep the visible area clear for surgeons. Unfortunately, the reality is that these may soak up that blood and become nearly impossible to find again. Even though the staff may count how many go in and how many come out, mistakes could be made.

Leaving behind surgical sponges in a patient is known as a never event. The name "never event" is self-explanatory, but it refers to medical errors that never should have happened if the team was following the right protocols.

Overmedication of the Aging is a Common Problem

One of the specializations of McKeen & Associates is pursuing medical negligence cases against health workers who prescribe too much medication, especially to the aging population.

Hospital miscommunication costs Port Huron man his life

ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a blockage in one of the heart’s major arteries, resulting in a very serious type of heart attack. A STEMI is a life-threatening emergency, and any delays in receiving medical care can mean the difference between life and death.

Unfortunately, medical professionals cannot always be relied on to respond properly to an emergency. Any mistake can cost patients their lives.

McKeen & Associates Attorneys Named to Leading Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Congratulations to McKeen & Associates attorneys recently named to the Leading Lawyers for 2020 and Best Lawyers for 2021 lists. A Leading Lawyers distinction comes from peer recommendations and Leading Lawyers Advisory Board approval. A Best Lawyers recognition is based on peer review.

Some Blindness is Preventable with Good Medical Care

Few things are as devastating as losing your eyesight. Loss of eyesight can lead to loss of independence, loss of career, and loss of ability to do many of things we take for granted. At McKeen and Associates, we fight for those who have suffered this devastation and experienced the preventative loss of vision due to physician negligence.

When Back Pain is a Calling Card for a More Serious Problem

Spinal Epidural Abscess (SEA), is occurring with greater frequency in our population but it is an often misdiagnosed cause of back pain that can result in serious consequences including paralysis if not detected and treated correctly. If SEA is diagnosed, surgery must be performed immediately to prevent these serious consequences.

Delays in performing a C-section can put your baby at risk

Childbirth is an exciting but simultaneously stressful time. You may be eager to welcome your new baby into the world, but at the same time, you may be worried about the physical process involved. You rely on the medical experts around you to do everything that’s necessary to keep you and your baby safe.

Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes too – and the results can be disastrous.

Threats of Self-Harm Should Always Be Taken Seriously

This week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality (CDC) reported that suicidal ideation among young people is higher than it was a year ago, with as many as one in four people ages 18 through 24 having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days. The CDC also reported that 11% of adults surveyed had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days. Studies have demonstrated that suicide thoughts and attempts among transgender people are significantly higher than that of the general population of the United States.

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