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Understanding Medical Terminology.

In my job as an attorney representing victims of medical malpractice, it is critically important to be able to read and understand medical records and to be able to examine and cross-examine doctors, who appear as defendants or witnesses.  Both … Read More

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The Electronic Medical Record.

One of the requirements of federal law is that hospital records be recorded electronically.  The requirement for electronic medical records (“EMR”) has a number of justifications, including portability.  Patients are entitled to have a copy of their medical records.  When … Read More

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They Did WHAT To Me?

If you have ever been the victim of medical malpractice during a hospital stay, it is unlikely that the hospital or the doctors taking care of you told you about it.  On those occasions when they do, it is usually … Read More

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Lots of Malpractice Out There.

I have spoken to or reviewed records for thousands of patients over the years I have been representing people injured by medical malpractice.  I have also read a lot of articles about the incidence of medical malpractice.  I can say … Read More

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Telephone, Anyone?

I am sure most of you remember the children’s game of Telephone.  You get a group of people and the first tells a secret to the second.  The second repeats the secret to the third person, who tells it to … Read More

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Medical Record Confidentiality.

As patients, we have an expectation that our medical records will remain confidential. After all, there are few records more personal than our medical records, which may describe the most intimate details of our personal lives. Confidentiality is important to … Read More

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Another Perspective on Healthcare Consolidation

Here is a piece that a friend of mine sent me.  It appeared in a healthcare blog.  It recounts a probably fictional event in which a doctor saw a briefing paper intended for a hospital executive but accidentally left behind … Read More

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Patients Aren’t The Only Ones Being Injured By Our Health Care System

I have written from time to time about the priority our health care system gives to making money.  The most important goal for our health care system should be addressing the health issues of the patient.  Instead, making money is … Read More

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Lots of Malpractice Out There

There is often a debate about just how much medical malpractice there is.  Advocates for the medical industry and their insurance companies would have you believe that there is very little malpractice and that lawsuits claiming malpractice are almost always … Read More

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Misdiagnosis: The Most Common Form of Malpractice

A recent article in the peer-reviewed medical journal Diagnosis concluded, “[D]iagnostic errors remain the most common, most catastrophic, and most costly of serious medical errors . . . .” The researchers were from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and … Read More

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