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Medical Malpractice Archives

Teen accuses Mayo Clinic of 'medical kidnapping'

In December of 2016, doctors determined that 18-year-old Alyssa Gilderhus had a ruptured brain aneurysm. When surgeons at a local hospital said her chances of survival were slim, Alyssa’s parents knew they needed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After eight hours of waiting for bad weather to pass, the family made it to Mayo.

Infection transmission prevention mistakes: A common thing at hospitals?

Among the care commonly provided at hospitals is infection care. When hospital staff are caring for patients that have or show signs of having an infection that transmits by contact, there can be risks of the infection spreading. This is why it is so important for hospital staff to take proper precautionary steps when providing such care. One would hope missteps when it comes to such measures would be rare. Unfortunately though, a recent study indicates such missteps might actually be rather common.

Independent stem cell clinics put patients at risk

Stem cell research has been developing for decades and shows promise of providing cures for serious diseases and ailments. To date, placental and umbilical cord stem cell treatment has been proven effective at treating leukemia and certain blood diseases. These treatments have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How some medical malpractice claims can be defended

On this blog, we focus on the issues that face victims of medical malpractice and how these people can seek justice given the horrible treatment they received at the doctor's office. However, sometimes it is beneficial to analyze the other side of the issue to have a better understanding of the whole topic. In this regard, today we want to talk about the defenses doctor's and medical institutions use to combat medical malpractice claims against them.

A bit about medical malpractice claims based on failure to obtain informed consent

In our last post, we noted both the importance of informed consent in health care, as well as the fact that informed consent is not necessarily always sufficient. Under Michigan law, negligence can occur with informed consent when a physician fails to reasonably inform a patient of the risks of a treatment.