Medical Malpractice Archives

Transparency in health care and patient compensation

A recent article on the blog Health Affairs made an important point about the current situation with the health care system when it comes to dealing with medical errors: transparency can significantly improve the outcome of cases in which medical errors occur, even when those errors result in death, but transparency is not the norm, unfortunately.

Patient engagement doesn't negate physicians' responsibility

Increasingly, health systems across the United States are moving toward an approach which aims to increase patients' involvement in their own care. The idea is that patients who take ownership of their treatment through deeper engagement can help improve their own quality of care and achieve better outcomes.

When doctors fail to recommend cancer screening

We've been talking about cancer screening in our last couple posts--the risks, the benefits, and the potential for doctors to make the mistake of failing to recommend cancer screening. The latter issue is an important one, of course, because doctors have a huge responsibility in ensuring that their patients receive a timely diagnosis and proper treatment.

Screening for cervical cancer: guidelines are only guidelines, P.2

In our last post, we spoke briefly about new guidelines released by the American College of Physicians that govern when health care providers should order screening for cervical cancer. The guidelines are an attempt to balance the risks associated with cancer screening with the obvious benefits of detecting cancer early on.

Screening for cervical cancer: guidelines are only guidelines, P.1

Cervical cancer, like other forms of cancer, is best treated when physicians are able to identify it early on and begin appropriate treatment as soon as possible. The presence of cervical cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, is typically first determined by a test called a colposcopy.

Electronic records no guarantee against error

More and more businesses and industries, in an effort to cut costs and streamline operations have been turning to electronic record-keeping in recent years. In the field of health care, the use of electronic health records is becoming a widespread trend, with many in the health care industry expecting that an electronic record system could help cut down on errors and the patient harm—and provider liability—that stems from these errors.

Off-label drug prescriptions and medical malpractice liability

We began speaking in our last post about litigation that has been initiated against GlaxoSmithKline in connection with Zofran. As we noted, the lawsuits accuse the manufacturer of failing to warn patients about the risks the drug presents for pregnant women, which include the possibility of birth defects. The issue we raised last time was what liability may attach to doctors who choose to prescribe medications for an off-label use, as is the case with Zofran as used by pregnant women.

Zofran litigation raises issue of physician liability for off-label prescriptions

Readers may have heard of the medication Zofran and the current litigation going on with respect to its safety for use by pregnant women. GlaxcoSmithKline, the manufacturer of the drug, is reportedly being accused of failing to warn patients about the potentially dangerous effects of the drug during the first three months of pregnancy.

Study shows patients feel better after reviewing medical records

Isn't it funny how scientific research often confirms what most of us already suspected or knew to be true? Well, another study like this recently came out. According to recent research conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, patients who are allowed to see their medical records during their stay in a hospital have less anxiety about their treatment or procedure. We know...not that surprising.

What are the qualification requirements for expert witnesses? P.2

In our last post, we began looking at what Michigan law has to say about the qualifications for expert witnesses in medical malpractice litigation. As we noted, one of the main requirements is that the physician has knowledge and experience practicing in the same field and specialty as the defendant physician.

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