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Chronically ill kids at increased risk of medical errors

It can be devastating to be the parent of a child who suffers from a chronic health condition. There is the stress and anxiety of hospital visits and health problems, not to mention the difficulty of seeing a child in pain. As bad as this can be, one study suggests that these most vulnerable patients are the victims of medical malpractice more often than other children.

Nursing homes and medical malpractice

The Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at a leading medical school has recently published an article addressing the growing concerns about medication safety in nursing homes. Florida residents will be shocked to learn that medical malpractice involving pharmaceutical errors is particularly prevalent among this vulnerable population of individuals currently residing at long-term care facilities across the country.

Increase in medical procedures to blame for increase in errors

The medical landscape in Florida and across the country has changed dramatically in the past several years. With increased transparency into hospitals and doctors comes an increased level of responsibility and accountability. As techniques and procedures get more sophisticated, they also become more accessible. There is a distinct connection to an increase in medical procedures to an increase in medical malpractice instances.

Is July a hot month for medical mistakes?

Going to the hospital for any reason can be upsetting. A person is likely nervous or scared about the medical issue in the first place, but patients in Florida may also worry that a doctor is not experienced or up-to-date on a particular procedure. In fact, many people refer to something called the "July effect" that may be a factor in many cases of medical malpractice.

Several kidney donors are victims of surgical mistakes

When a loved one is suffering, family members and friends may do anything they can to help alleviate the pain. In extreme and heroic cases, a loved one actually donates one of his or her own organs to save someone. In too many cases of kidney donations, however, these brave donors are making the ultimate sacrifice. Due to medical negligence, many have died after donation.

Doctors you may want to avoid in Florida

In the pursuit of safe and effective health care, many people in Florida have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to seeking out their best treatment options. However, because a lot of what we learn comes directly from doctors, many people ultimately put their trust in their physicians. Unfortunately, there are certain types of doctors who are more likely to commit catastrophic medical malpractice.

Lawsuit: Anesthesiologist sued for medical malpractice

Before a medical procedure or treatment even begins, hospital staff and doctors must take a series of steps to ensure that a surgery goes smoothly. When mistakes are made or details are neglected, the patient is the one who suffers. Recently, a Florida man filed a lawsuit against an anesthesiologist for medical malpractice after an oversight resulted in the amputation of his male genitals.

Could an apology really be the best medicine?

Patients who are victims of a doctor or hospital mistake can be angry, confused and frustrated. Often, they have a right to pursue a medical malpractice claim against a negligent party. How do the doctors feel about this? Some say they too get angry, confused and frustrated. Rather than denying fault, however, some doctors are trying a new tactic in handling negligence or malpractice claims: They are apologizing.

Florida teen impersonates doctor at Osceola hospital

Imagine being admitted to a hospital, expecting the best care possible, and being treated by a teenager with no medical qualifications whatsoever. This happened last August when a teen impersonated a doctor at a Florida hospital. The fact that a medically-unlicensed teenager was not only given a badge to enter the hospital but was also allowed to treat patients in the emergency department is outrageous. Despite the shocking hospital negligence, the Osceola hospital was only fined $5,000.

Nurse snipped off baby's finger in Polk County hospital

When babies are born, parents want to know that the baby is healthy and has "10 fingers and 10 toes" when they leave the hospital. When negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse or hospital affects this, it may be appropriate to file a medical malpractice claim.

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