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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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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Filing a lawsuit after being harmed by a medical professional is by no means the easiest thing to do. But in some cases, it may be the right thing to do. However, before you rush into legal action, consider these five things first:

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99933680One of the most essential reasons to work with a Boston medical malpractice attorney if you are a malpractice victim is for assistance in navigating the complicated legal system. To be sure, filing a medical malpractice claim is not as simple as heading to the court and alleging that malpractice occurred; rather, there are a number of specific steps that must be taken, and strategies that must be employed, to recover the compensation one deserves. One step that is essential for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice claim to understand is the requirement to produce an “offer of proof.” Attorney Douglas Lovenberg is ready to guide you through everything you need to know.

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AresenicMost parents of infants use rice-based cereals and baby foods to transition their child from breast milk (or formula) to solid foods. And the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends just this – beginning with dry infant rice cereal, and then adding in other foods at a later date. As such, it is no surprise that, relative to body weight, rice intake for infants is about three times that of rice intake for adults.

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Woman having reiki healing treatment , alternative  medicine concept.When you seek care from a medical professional for a health concern, you’ll probably notice a set of letters next to the healthcare professional’s printed name. These letters – M.D., R.N., or N.P. – tell you that the person from whom you are seeking care went to school and obtained certification, and is either a registered doctor, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner; the letters provide a sense of comfort and reassurance.

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Cesareans, or C-sections, and their proliferation over the past 15 years have become an issue of increasing concern among patient safety advocates and medical professionals. Statistics indicate that the rate has increased by 50% during this period so that a C-section is the second most practiced surgical procedure in the US. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, 30% of all deliveries are now done by C-section.

 

But the rate at which hospitals perform the surgery vary widely, even among those situated within a few miles of each other.

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Over the past decade, there has been a surge in the reported number of certain conditions. The following takes a look at seven of the most overly diagnosed conditions in the U.S. – if you’ve had your condition misdiagnosed, the Boston Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. can help.

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Lowering coffinProfessionals in any kind of occupation have their share of bad apples, or those who make the rest of the profession look bad. Physicians are no different and a study from the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that a small number of bad doctors, actually just 1%, account for 32% of paid medical negligence claims.

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Medicine backgroundIt’s hard to imagine that in Boston – one of the most developed cities in one of the most developed countries in the world – drug shortages in hospitals would be a concern. But all across the nation, that’s exactly what’s happening; drug shortages are forcing doctors to make tough rationing decisions. The debate over who gets what, and who should be held liable if a lack of necessary drug leads to an adverse event, is a pressing one. If you have been denied necessary drugs due to shortages, contact medical malpractice attorney Douglas Lovenberg for legal representation today.

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