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February 2015 Archives

What is "patient dumping," and what can you do about it?

Many private hospitals are run as businesses in the sense that they need to make enough money to remain open. Sometimes, especially when a patient appears to have little or no means to pay for treatment, this can lead to the temptation on the part of such a private hospital to transfer the patient to another, usually public hospital. This procedure, which has often occurred in emergency room settings, is known as "patient dumping."

3 Common Questions Regarding Surgical Errors

Medical malpractice can have devastating effects on your health and wellbeing, and a significant portion of medical malpractice claims arise from surgical errors. All surgery carries a risk--even minor and routine procedures. As a patient, though, you are putting your trust and faith in the medical staff, and it is only natural to hope for the best.

Is it possible for a surgeon to operate in the wrong place?

One does not need to be a medical professional to appreciate that surgery is a procedure subject to exacting requirements. Even a small mistake, such as an anesthesia error, or a slip with an instrument that perforates an organ, or accidentally leaving a surgical sponge behind when the surgery is complete can have severe consequences not only for the patient but also for the surgical team and the hospital that they work for.

4 Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

When a medical professional behaves in a negligent or reckless manner, it can have lasting effects on the patient's health and wellbeing. Medical malpractice typically occurs when a doctor or nurse hurts a patient by failing to perform his or her duties in a responsible manner. It is rarely easy to prove malpractice, though, and there are a few basic requirements that need to be in place before you can file a claim.

Problems diagnosing traumatic brain injury

Brain injuries in the United States are both common and potentially devastating. More than 50,000 people die each year from the effects of traumatic brain injury, and another 2.5 million visits are made by patients to hospital emergency rooms are related to TBI.

Clinic Faces Lawsuit after Allegedly Misdiagnosing Heart Condition

Louisiana Record reports that the family of a man who died from a heart condition is suing the local hospital that treated him. The family alleges that staff at the hospital misdiagnosed the patient's heart condition, and they have filed a suit against the clinic as a result. The plaintiffs are claiming the 55-year-old man, who suffered from hypertension and Hepatitis C, went to the emergency room complaining of stomach cramps and muscle aches and pains that staff diagnosed as the flu.

Can the Louisiana government help with brain injury costs?

The human brain can be a study in contradictions: despite all of its power, it can also be quite fragile and susceptible to injury, especially traumatic injuries. It is this vulnerability to injury that can make recovery from a traumatic brain injury not only time-consuming, but it can also be extraordinarily expensive.

Hospital negligence often causes healthcare associated infections

It is always a stressful situation when you or a loved one must seek medical treatment at a hospital or other medical care facility. But we go to these places because we believe in the everlasting hope that getting treatment there will help make us well again. But for thousands of people every year, that treatment ends up making a bad situation worse because they contract an infection unrelated to their initial problem.

Court reverses cruise ships' immunity from medical malpractice

Over the last several years cruise ships have been the target of negative publicity due to contagious illnesses that have run rampant onboard, causing returns to port and passenger refunds.

What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect?

While the majority of hospital births go smoothly and result in a positive outcome for both mother and baby, it is an unfortunate fact that sometimes babies are born with severe mental or physical health complications.

Joan Rivers' Daughter Files Medical Malpractice Claim

The New Orleans Advocate reports that the daughter of comedian Joan Rivers is filing a medical malpractice claim against the clinic where her mother died. According to Melissa Rivers, doctors performed a number of unauthorized procedures on her mother and even took photographs of her during while she was unconscious. She believes their recklessness resulted in the doctors failing to notice Rivers' vital signs deteriorating until it was too late to save her.