Small Town Hospitals And The Profit Motive.
If you live in a small town, you probably have a problem obtaining quality health care. Big cities get the big hospitals and lots of doctors practicing every medical specialty you can think of. Small towns get what is left. … Read More
Urgent Care or Emergency Department?
One of the most obvious changes in the medical landscape over the last 15 years has been the proliferation of urgent care clinics. You can’t drive down almost any street in a major metropolitan area without passing at least a … Read More
Posted in Board Certification, Cardiac CT scan, Doctors, Health Care Costs, healthy living, heart attack, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Nurses, Stroke
“Time Is Brain.”
“Time is brain” is what neurologists and neurosurgeons say to emphasize the importance of seeking prompt treatment in the event of a stroke. There are two types of strokes and they can both be terrible. The first type is the … Read More
Coronavirus Complicates Malpractice Cases.
To the list of the many, many damaging effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, you can add that it makes medical malpractice cases more difficult. In order to successfully pursue a medical malpractice claim, a patient must prove that the health … Read More
Posted in Blood Clots, Cancer, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Misdiagnosis, Nurses, science news, Sepsis, Stroke
I have written often about misdiagnosis. See here and here, for example. It is a frequent subject because it is the most common form of medical malpractice. Some new research suggests that the most damaging misdiagnoses occur in a relatively small … Read More
Posted in blood infections, Cancer, Doctors, health, Infection, Lung Cancer, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Sepsis, Stroke
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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Jury Awards $14 Million in Malpractice Case.
Here is another large malpractice award that sounds excessive but is probably not. The facts, as they almost always are in these cases, are sad. A twelve-year-old girl underwent a heart transplant in 2007 at a Seattle children’s hospital. In … Read More
Posted in Blood Clots, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Stroke, Surgical Errors, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts
Low-Dose Aspirin Not Always Good for You
If you are a male over 40 years old, your doctor may have told you it’s a good idea to take low-dose aspirin once a day to prevent heart attack and stroke. After all, that’s been the conventional wisdom for … Read More
Hospitals – Ask Before You Go.
I have written often about the importance of being an informed consumer of medical treatment. As we become more connected, more and more information becomes available to consumers to identify doctors with questionable histories and hospitals with less than stellar … Read More
Posted in healthy living, heart attack, Heart Attacks, Hip Replacement, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, joint replacement, medical errors, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Nurses, Stroke
Pearly Whites Good for the Heart
My partner and I have often commented about the reasons medical malpractice often results from the failure to timely diagnose stroke and heart attack. Both are leading causes of mortality worldwide. A lot of medical research has been done about these problems, most of which strongly suggests … Read More