Advancements in medical technology have served to transform what were once major operations into relatively minor surgical procedures, meaning less intrusive tactics, shorter recovery times and better results. One area in particular that has seen great advancements is cosmetic procedures. For example, a once major procedure like liposuction may now be performed in the setting of a doctor’s office.
Medical Malpractice Archives
Earlier this month, a jury in New York handed down one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in state history to a family whose daughter suffered a devastating birth injury.
A few weeks back, our blog discussed the elevated risk of serious injuries or even death facing those men and women who make their living competing in extreme sports challenges like ESPN's X-Games, which thrives on pushing participants to the very edge.
In a rather shocking case out of New York City, a young father has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital in The Bronx after his wife died due to complications associated with childbirth.
The results of a new study examining the use of checklists in hospital operating rooms has yielded some very surprising results, and could perhaps combat the alarming incidence of medical malpractice.
The prospect of having to undergo any type of surgical procedure can prove to be rather frightening for both a patient and their family. While the surgery will theoretically resolve the patient's medical issue, there is always the possibility that it won't do so, or even worse, that it will exacerbate their already delicate condition.
A grave oversight on the part of doctors has created a nightmare scenario for one New York mother -- a diagnosis of terminal cancer that should have been caught two years ago, when it could have possibly been treated and saved her life. Instead, doctors failed to address a two-centimeter nodule appearing in X-rays of the woman's right lung that were taken during an emergency room visit back in February 2010.
With the Affordable Care Act being implemented and not as many people wanting to be a physician, there will be an increase in the number of physician assistants and nurse practitioners entering the health care system. With this, some experts believe that there will be an increase in liability issues, and medical malpractice claims.
The average age of doctors in the United States is rising. Currently, about 42 percent of physicians are over the age of 55 and 21 percent are over the age of 65. While many function as well as they ever did -- or perhaps even better because of their lengthy experience -- some older doctors may have age-related mental or physical impairments, or may not be using the most modern techniques.
Doctors have very specific reasons for ending a prescription for their patients. However, when a prescription runs its course and is not renewed, the last entity to get the memo is often the one that matters most: the pharmacy. In fact, a new study reveals that about one out of every 100 discontinued prescriptions are still filled by pharmacies, creating a potentially dangerous scenario for patients.