Alarm Fatigue: When the Doctor Doesn’t Answer the Alarm

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Alarm FatigueWith alarms beeping all day, nurses and doctors can become desensitized to the sound. This happens even more frequently, when many of the alarms are false ones.  When a nurse or doctor fails to check, however, and the alarm isn’t a false one, disaster can result for the patient. All too often, alarm fatigue results in patient injury or fatality, when all it would have taken is a nurse checking to make sure everything was okay, and acting when they discovered that it wasn’t.

 

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What about the catheter?

A urinary catheter is a standard medical device that nearly all healthcare professionals are familiar with. Inserted into a person’s bladder via the urethra, a catheter is used to collect urine when a patient in a hospital cannot control his or her own bladder. While catheters can be essential medical devices in many situations, an article in ABC News reports that the American Journal of Medicine has found that catheters are not only overused, but that they’re often forgotten about, too.

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Social Media Abuse of Nursing Home Patients – Cause for Malpractice Suits

SocialmMedia AbuseThe information that is shared on social media is not always positive nor appropriate. That being said, seeing someone rant about their ex or post a picture in which they are scantily clad is not nearly as shocking as what is going on in some nursing homes throughout the country. To be sure, recent reports indicate that some nursing home workers are taking inappropriate pictures and videos of nursing home residents – some of them sexual – and sharing them on social media networks.

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Doctor Stress Leads to Medical Malpractice

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There’s no doubt that doctors have stressful jobs–between the long hours and the emotional energy spent on treating patients, a career in medicine is one of the most demanding jobs that there is. And, studies show that doctors who have been sued for medical malpractice have even higher levels of stress–medical malpractice can lead to a decreased interest in work, depression, insomnia and fatigue, and problems concentrating. As such, a physician who has faced medical malpractice charges may–albeit unintentionally–be more at-risk for committing malpractice again based on high levels of stress. As such, choosing the right physician is incredibly important, as is knowing what to do if you become a medical malpractice victim – call the attorneys at Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. to learn more.

 

Physician Stress Leads to Medical Malpractice

In an article published in 2001 discussing the psychological effects of how physicians cope with a medical malpractice suit, a number of key points are made: more than 95 percent of physicians being sued react to the litigation by demonstrating some form of emotional distress; this emotional distress is most often characterized by major depressive disorder, adjustment disorder, the onset or exacerbation of a physical illness, and alcoholism; and that stressful events in a physician’s life play a role in the physician committing medical malpractice (or committing medical malpractice a second or third time).

 

The Importance of Choosing the Right Physician

When choosing your physician, there’s a number of things to consider, such as location, insurance, specialties, and likeability. However, another incredibly important thing to consider is whether or not the doctor has been involved in any medical malpractice suits in the past; if they have, they may be more susceptible to committing malpractice again due to high stress levels. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine provides a fantastic resource for finding a physician and reviewing their background. In the event that a physician has been involved in medical malpractice litigation in the past, it is probably within your best interest to opt for a doctor with a clean record.

 

When Stress Leads to Malpractice, Consult a Boston Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice lawsuit aren’t the only cause of stress amongst medical professionals – lack of sleep, the nature of the job, and relationships with friends and family can also contribute to the likelihood of a medical error occurring. If you’re the victim of medical malpractice in Boston, you don’t have to defend yourself on your own – at Lovenberg & Associates, P.C., our Massachusetts medical malpractice attorneys can walk you through everything you need to know about how to file a malpractice based personal injury claim for damages. To learn more about why our team is the best when it comes to medical malpractice litigation, call us today at 617-973-9950.

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Child and Mother Awarded $53 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

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Child and Mother Medical Malpractice Award

A jury in Cook County, Illinois recently came back with a $53 million verdict, to be awarded to a mother and her 12-year-old son, as reported by the Hyde Park Herald. The verdict comes at the conclusion of a lawsuit, originally filed in 2013, by the mother and son against the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC), and is the largest verdict against the university to date. In fact, according to the article cited above, this is the largest lawsuit in Cook County’s entire history.

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When Hospital Mismanagement Leads to Patient Harm

Patient Care DelayWhen most people think about medical malpractice, they think of specific acts that a doctor takes to cause harm to a patient, e.g. using forceps incorrectly during the delivery of a baby, leaving an object within a patient, and the like. What may be rarely considered, though, is malpractice that is caused not by a doctor’s actions, but rather a doctor’s inaction. For Delfino Cuautle, who lost his leg, and many other patients, inaction has led to significant harm.

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Maternal Mortality and Medical Malpractice Suits on the Rise

PreggersDespite the fact that it is one of the most developed countries in the nation, the United States has one of the highest rates of infant mortality and one of the highest rates of maternal mortality. To be sure, a global survey reveals that women in the United States are two times as likely as woman in Canada to die from pregnancy-related complications. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there are over 600 women who die each year in the United States due to pregnancy-related complications, and more than 23,000 infants died in the year 2014 in the U.S. alone. The following considers why rates of maternal mortality and infant mortality are so high, and what to do if medical malpractice is the cause of either.

 

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What to Do If Your Pediatrician Refuses to See Your Child

Vaccine for ChildrenCan a Doctor Who Refuses to See an Unvaccinated Child Be Liable for Medical Malpractice?

One of the largest medical debates in the country today is that regarding vaccinations. While most in the United States—including the vast majority of health, medical, and scientific professionals—agree that all children should receive routine vaccinations, there are a growing number of parents who are refusing to vaccinate their children for religious or personal reasons. But in the wake of disease outbreaks that are a result of a lack of vaccinations, many physicians against the U.S. are closing their clinics’ doors to unvaccinated children. Parents of children who are unvaccinated are asking: “Is a doctor legally permitted to refuse to treat my child?”
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Rates of Healthcare-Associated Infections on the Decline

Zika virus in blood with red blood cells, a virus which causes Zika fever found in Brazil and other tropical countriesHealthcare-associated infections, also known as hospital-acquired infections or simply HAIs, are a serious problem in the United States. Targeting those with the weakest immune systems, HAIs can cause devastating medical consequences, including death, for patients in health centers across the United States. But recent statistics bring to light some good news: the rate of HAIs in the U.S. is on the decline.

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Medical Malpractice Claims Filed Against the VA on the Rise

Soldier Holding CrutchThe U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is responsible for coordinating benefits and care for the country’s veterans. And for veterans – disabled and otherwise – one of the fundamental rights supported and funded by the VA is the right to quality medical care.

 

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