Some mistakes should NEVER happen if the surgical team follows the rules.
Some hospitals have pulled the plug on this legal and ethical dilemma.
Recently, 570 stem cell clinics have popped up across the U.S. offering treatments for many health issues. From arthritis to spinal cord injuries to autism, the clinics are claiming stem cells from various body tissues can solve your health problems.
A professor from Johns Hopkins medical school has authored a new study showing that medical errors accounts for the deaths of around 250,000 people each year. This puts medical errors as the country's third leading cause of death.
When many people hear the term medical malpractice, they usually assume a physician or surgeon is the person who is the focus of the lawsuit. However, that is not always true as a recent jury ruling showed.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be very complex and time-consuming. A patient may have suffered a life-altering injury or illness or even died due to the negligence of a physician or member of the medical staff. For one woman in Connecticut's neighboring state of New York, the pain of a hip replacement surgery was worse than giving birth without anesthesia.
The Civil Justice Resource Group found that only about 2.9 percent of victims of medical malpractice will actually file a claim. What's even more surprising is that only about 5 percent of those that file a claim will receive a payment of some sort.
As patients, many people feel like they're helpless to prevent malpractice. In many cases, that's true. However, there are ways that we can lessen the chances of receiving inadequate or improper care.
One of the resources patients should have to find information about their doctor is their state's medical board. These agencies license physicians and discipline them for offenses like negligence care. However, not every state's medical board provides the information patients may need to determine if they want to receive care from a specific physician. Whether the information available is complete or even accurate depends on the state, as well as if punishments have been handed down.