A Texas jury recently awarded $ 4 million to a man who suffered significant injuries from a wrongfully performed bowel operation. The physician failed to detect a leaking bowel. As a result, the patient had to have most of his small bowel removed. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, please call one of our attorneys for a free consultation. Remember, a bad result does not necessarily mean there was medical malpractice. Medicine is not a perfect science. However, if there is a breach of the standard of care required for a particular procedure and damage results, one is entitled to file a medical malpractice claim. If you or a friend has suffered injury as a result of medical malpractice please call one of our attorneys for a free consultation. Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers
February 2010 Archives
Heart Attack. A jury in Texas recently awarded $ 1.3 million to the family of a woman who died of a heart attack shortly after going to the emergency room. There are various protocols that a hospital emergency room must follow in order to properly diagnose and treat patients. Because emergency rooms are often under staffed, shortcuts are sometimes taken which can lead to serious consequences. It is the responsibility of a physician to consider what is called a differential diagnosis whereby all reasonably possible causes for the physical complaints are at least considered. Record keeping becomes an important issue for emergency rooms because so much of their work involves seriously injured parties. If the physicians and nurses do not properly document what they do for the patient, what diagnostic tests were considered, the results of physical examinations, complaints of the patients, then mistakes can follow which could lead to liability. If you or a loved one has been the victim of negligent medical treatment please call and discuss your possible case with one of our lawyers.
Maryland Malpractice Lawyer. The Republican are trying to negotiate away patient's rights in the medical malpractice arena with health care as the bargaining chip. Health care is about making sure every American has access to low cost health care, not about limiting the rights of innocent patients harmed by medical negligence. As of this date, 48 states have passed some type of medical malpractice legislation. Interestingly, none of the legislation has had an effect on health care delivery, reduction in costs or helping innocent victims harmed by the negligence of health care providers. The Institute of medicine estimates that 98,000 people die each year in the United States from preventable health care errors. This is the 6th leading cause of death in America. Both the GAO and CBO question the prevalence of defensive medicine and have outlined how tampering with the legal system will like save little if any money. They have further indicated that some so-called defensive medicine may be motivated by profit more than liability concerns.