Detroit Medical Malpractice Law Blog

3 tips for handling medical malpractice

Medical malpractice can impact nearly anyone, from infants to adults. If you seek medical treatment at any time, then you could be a victim of malpractice.

Malpractice includes making mistakes that harm a patient and intentional participation in misconduct involving a patient. Unfortunately, many people who suffer injuries never know for sure, because the medical provider is unlikely to admit to a mistake and risk a malpractice claim.

Recall of warfarin test strips has been expanded

Last November, Roche Diagnostics recalled over a million packages of test strips used with the CoaguCheck Test Meter, which measures the level of the blood thinner warfarin. The strips were determined to be faulty, which could result in inaccurate readings.

Joint Commission seeks input for perinatal safety hospital accreditation

The Joint Commission has introduced the possibility of crafting new standardized protocols and procures in hospitals designed to improve prenatal safety.

For those unfamiliar with the Joint Commission, the organization was formed in 1951 with the singular goal of ongoing health care improvement. The organization now provides accreditation and certification for upwards of 21,000 organizations and health care programs. These include services that range from ambulatory care to nursing and even laboratory protocols. Underscoring the accreditation and certification role, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare provides determined health care solution work to enhance critical safety and quality gaps that may exist.

Hospital errors can destroy a patient's life

Patients in a hospital are often so focused on the issues plaguing them that they might not be worried about anything else. Unfortunately, there is a chance that they will fall victim to hospital errors that can have serious impacts on the rest of their lives.

Many patients don't realize the full extent of things that can happen in the hospital. Understanding these risks can help them avoid becoming victims of avoidable mistakes. If the patient is unable to speak up and keep an eye on what is going on, loved ones will need to step in to fill the void.

Has my doctor been sued for malpractice before?

If you have a major surgery coming up, you might be nervous about the ways in which it could go wrong. You want to be sure your doctor knows their stuff—whether you are facing a risky procedure or not. No doctor is going to tell you that they are incompetent—so how can you be sure of their track record?

Could screen time be damaging your child’s brain development?

Staring at a smartphone or tablet is quickly becoming the default pastime for many of us. Social media has become an ever-present temptation that’s difficult to resist. We enjoy the constant stream of entertainment, and the ability to connect with friends and strangers around the world.

A current study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking to uncover the ways in which screen time—and social media in particular—may be impacting the neurological development of young people.

Can I sue for wrongful death over a prescription drug overdose?

In a world so focused on safety, wrongful death seems like a term that should be seen less and less. Precautions are taken with cars and electronics to make them as safe as possible. But some dangers aren’t being addressed to the same degree.

Medications are one such example. Prescription opioid overdoses have been on the rise for years, causing thousands of deaths across the United States. Doctors who write these prescriptions could be responsible for overdose deaths.

Two McKeen & Associates attorneys receive top legal honor

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DETROIT - Martindale-Hubbell, the prestigious legal peer review service and ALM media, have named Brian McKeen and Norman Rosen of McKeen & Associates as 2019 Top Rated Lawyers. The National Law Journal will run a special section highlighting the Midwest's Top Rated Lawyers later this year.

What should hospitals do to mitigate the risk of infections?

Patients who enter a health care facility, especially hospitals and long-term care facilities, are at risk of contracting an infection due to conditions they are exposed to. Unfortunately, these infections are likely to be very serious. Some are resistant to the antibiotics that are available. This makes them more difficult to treat and can mean that the patient suffers even more. Infection is a leading cause of preventable death in hospitals.

All health care facilities should have an infection control risk assessment. This helps them to implement a plan that works toward minimizing the risk of patients suffering from infections that can lead to great harm.

Birth injuries may not be immediately apparent

The time leading up to childbirth and the act itself can be incredibly stressful. But the moment after is supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life. Finding out that you have a healthy baby and hearing the first cries from those little lungs should be a relief to all that stress. Why would you assume that there are any issues after you receive your little bundle of joy?

It can be scary to know that sometimes there are birth injuries that do not show up immediately. Whether it is a physical trauma to the head or a lack of oxygen during birth, there can be serious consequences that do not show up instantly.

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