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Malpractice, the third leading cause of death in the States

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Then comes cancer, in all of its varieties. What would you guess is next? According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the answer is medical malpractice.

A lot of people are surprised by this figure, not knowing just how dangerous doctors' errors can be. They trust doctors to help heal them and prolong their lives. While they undoubtedly do this, it appears that medical mistakes are also taking lives at an astounding rate.

Adverse events at Connecticut hospitals

According to a new Connecticut Department of Public Health report, there were 24 cases last year in hospitals in the state where surgeons left foreign objects inside their patients. In addition, there were four instances where a patient had the wrong surgical procedure done. There was even a case where someone impersonated a doctor and ordered a patient's care.

Does this mean that you should go to another state to have surgery? Overall, the numbers for "adverse events" went down by 12 percent in 2014 from the prior year. These errors decreased from 534 to 471.

$9.6 million medical malpractice judgement awarded to child

Birth injuries can be very serious and result in life-altering injuries for both the mother and the child. When a child's birth injury occurred because the physician or other medical staff did not provide the standard of care that another doctor or member of the medical staff would in the same situation, that is considered medical malpractice.

For a 3-year-old child across the country, a decision to wait to deliver her has resulted in a large medical malpractice award - $9.6 million. The child's mother was also awarded $250,000 because of the emotional distress she suffered during the child's delivery.

Tips for staying safe on the roads on Halloween

When people think of holidays when the most accidents occur, most think of New Year's Eve and other holidays where there tends to be a lot of drinking. However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is consistently one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and also fatalities.

Many Halloween accidents do involve drunk drivers. However, there are other factors that make this holiday a recipe for collisions involving pedestrians and drivers. Fortunately, some reasonable precautions by both parents of trick-or-treaters and those who are behind the wheel can make the night a safer one for everyone.

Paralyzed man wins $9.2 in medical malpractice case

A man has been awarded one of the largest jury verdicts in a Minnesota medical malpractice case. While this case didn't take place in Connecticut, it shows how someone going to the hospital for something as minor as flu-like symptoms ended in paralysis.

The 51-year-old man, who owned a mechanic's shop, went to a hospital for flu-like symptoms in 2012. He received fluids until doctors found that he had a perforated bowel and surgery was scheduled.

Good Samaritan laws may not apply to gross negligence

Good Samaritan laws were put in place because people were afraid of being sued if they tried to help accident victims. If a doctor stopped at a car crash and tried to render care, he or she could be accused of medical malpractice if injuries to the victim were deemed to be related to the doctor's efforts. As such, some doctors felt they'd be better off to not stop and help in order to avoid these cases. Good Samaritan laws offer them protection so that people with the skills and training to help don't just ignore the accidents.

However, it's worth noting that these laws don't mean a doctor can't be charged under any circumstances — the same goes for any other individuals who stop. The laws were not put in place as a license for people to be reckless and careless at an accident site, knowing they can't be sued.

Ready-to-eat chicken at the center of a huge recall

Those who bought ready-to-eat chicken from Aspen foods need to be aware that the company is now recalling an incredible amount of the product. This all started back in the summer, when a recall was issued for 1,978,680 pounds of the product. However, they've now expanded on that, adding another 561,000 pounds.

The fear is that the chicken has been contaminated and could give those who eat it Salmonella poisoning. It came to light when five people fell ill after eating the chicken. They were in Minnesota, but the company is now recalling products at any location.

Injunction sought by parents of 3-year-old against physicians

In October 2014, the parents of a now-3-year-old boy filed a medical malpractice lawsuit over the care the mother received when she was in labor and when she delivered the boy. The lawsuit states that the care given resulted in the child suffering from permanent brain damage because of a lack of oxygen.

On Sept. 21 of this year, the parents received a letter stating that over 600 physicians in the OU Physicians group had to withdraw from caring for the child and his family. This includes physicians who are subspecialists in caring for the brain-damaged boy.

Report: Most patients will have 1 delayed or wrong diagnosis

A new report by the Institute of Medicine says that at some point, most people will experience a delayed or wrong diagnosis -- at the least. This report also found that diagnostic errors are not getting the attention needed to correct problems in the health care system.

The IOM committee chairman said that the most important change is that "Patients are central to a solution." This means that doctors, lab workers and other medical staff need to improve their teamwork, but the patient needs to be a part of that team.

Facts about surgical items left behind after a procedure

A "never event" is something that happened during surgery that should have never occurred. Unfortunately, it's more common than you might think. Each year, 1,500 patients have surgery and come out of it with a foreign body left inside them.

Johns Hopkins researchers estimate that 39 times a week a towel, sponge or other foreign object is left inside a patient's body. That means one patient in every 10,000 across the United States suffers from such a mistake.

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