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June 2012 Archives

Women not informed about options after C-section

In many cases, women will be directed to have a C-section delivery after they have had one in the past. Many women undergo C-section without being given correct information about their options and the risks of the procedure. New research suggests that women are making the decision to have a C-section without proper advice and counsel from their doctors. This can pose some unforeseen medical risks and potential complications. It may increase the risk of medical malpractice, birth injuries and wrongful death.

Slope owners not liable for teen's skiing accident and paralysis

As downhill skiers know, there is some risk when getting on a slope. However, skiers and visitors to commercial downhill skiing areas do have some protections, even when on a mountain or man-made ski hill. Skiers should be able to assume that the grounds are safely maintained and that any dangerous spots are marked to avoid slip and fall accidents and injuries.

Patients Harmed by Lack of Hospital Reporting Standards

A new study by John Hopkins University researchers has determined that an alarming gap in reporting standards for hospital infections exists nationwide. The study, which was published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, concludes that the lack of standards significantly harms patients and costs the health care system billions of dollars.

Voluntary kidney transplant is fatal, doctors face malpractice liability

When you enter the hospital for care or surgery, you expect that your treatment will meet medical professional standards. People must be especially trusting of their doctors, surgeons and providers when they enter for a voluntary surgery. In a tragic case of surgical error and medical malpractice, a woman lost her life while undergoing voluntary surgery to donate a kidney to her dying brother.

Connecticut driver speeds off with victim attached to fender

After an accident, it is not uncommon for drivers to panic. Many are in shock, but most have the decency and wherewithal to make sure that other victims are okay. In a case that has already made national headlines, a Connecticut man was accused of fleeing a hit-and-run accident with the victim still attached to his fender and fighting to free herself. He now faces criminal charges.

Tour bus accident caused by fatigued driver

A recent report revealed that a fatal tour bus crash was caused by a fatigued driver. The accident that killed 15 passengers was mostly likely the result of a driver lacking sleep and a company that failed to proved safety oversight according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The driver had almost no sleep in the three days leading up to the March 12, 2011 accident except for a nap he took while passengers were in a Connecticut casino.

Patient photos and electronic records can prevent medical errors

A new study shows that putting photos in an electronic hospital chart could help reduce a major type of medical error. Hospitals can be very transient with a large volume of patients getting admitted and discharged every day. Not surprisingly, keeping track of patients as well as orders for procedures and treatments can be complicated.

Family collects $3 million after man dies in threesome

Medical malpractice claims can arise both out of a negligent act as well as a failure to follow a standard duty of care. In a bizarre case, a man's family successfully pursued a medical malpractice claim after a man died in a threesome. The jury found that doctors failed to warn a patient who had complained of chest pain to avoid physical activity before his scheduled medical tests. The patient died after engaging in a three-way tryst.

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