Surgery is an invasive medical procedure that most people assume is relatively safe, and in the majority of cases they are right. The procedure, however, is usually performed by a number of medical professionals and there are opportunities for a number of things to go wrong, many of which are the result of medical negligence or malpractice.

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Medical Malpractice Lawyer Alarm Fatigue

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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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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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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Stress Lead to Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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. Read more

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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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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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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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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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153866572 (Custom)In September of 2014, Joan Rivers died at Yorkville Endoscopy after going into cardiac arrest. Rivers went into cardiac arrest, resulting in her death, while undergoing a routine medical procedure.

 

In 2015, Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, filed a lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy, Dr. Lawrence Cohen (medical director), Robert Koniuta (anesthesiologist), and Dr. Gwen Korovin (J. Rivers’ personal ear, nose, and throat doctor). After many months, a settlement has finally been reached.

 

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