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Hospital errors increase the risk of infections, wrongful deaths

Yesterday we discussed the World Health Organization's announcement that going to your local Boston hospital is more dangerous than flying on a plane. One of the primary reasons why hospital deaths are at such a high level is because 1.7 million infections are acquired every year in U.S. hospitals. These infections kill about 100,000 patients, which is much higher than the 37,000 patients that die in Europe every year from 4.5 million infections.

Hospital errors increase the risk of infections, wrongful deaths

We have discussed several disturbing studies into hospital errors in previous posts. Hospital errors are just one type of medical malpractice that a Boston resident may encounter, but hospital errors are among the most frequent and serious mistakes. The frequency of hospital malpractice caused the World Health Organization to announce that medical malpractice is so rampant that going to the hospital is riskier than flying.

Military hospital malpractice challenge to move to Congress

In our previous post we discussed a controversial decision of the United States Supreme Court to protect military hospitals from being held accountable for the medical malpractice of their staff members. The court did this by declining to hear a legal challenge to the Feres Doctrine, the 1950's legal rule that prevents military families from suing the hospitals for malpractice.

Activists not daunted by court's refusal to hear malpractice case

Medical malpractice is a devastating event for many Boston families, but some families are not allowed to seek redress for their love one's suffering because of an antiquated legal rule that blocks medical malpractice lawsuits against military hospitals. Currently military hospitals are shielded from malpractice suits under the Feres Doctrine.

Study: hospital medical malpractice deaths increase in July

That Boston hospital visit this month may be more dangerous than you think. A paper published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine has supported the longstanding speculation that the "July effect" is real. The "July effect" is the phenomenon of increased hospital patient deaths in July.

Patient awarded $925,000 in VA medical malpractice claim

Surgical errors are very serious and can result in lasting injuries that cannot be fixed by corrective surgery. One man was left partially blind when he had routine cataract surgery at a Veterans Affairs Hospital. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to pay a $925,000 settlement to the 60-year-old man on the eve of a personal injury trial. Settlements are common in medical malpractice cases such as this one where the negligence of the hospital staff is overwhelmingly clear.

Parents win $3 million in medical malpractice birth injury case

Birth injuries are very serious events that can cause a Boston child to develop severe developmental disabilities. Birth injuries often result it catastrophic injuries that require medical treatment for the rest of the child's life. The cost of rehabilitation, physical therapy, and other special needs services and medical treatment can beyond the financial resources of most families. This makes it important for families of children who have suffered birth injuries to consult with an experienced Boston medical malpractice attorney who will make sure that the responsible medical personnel are held accountable for their negligence.

Medical malpractice lawsuit details gross surgical errors

We have discussed many serious surgical errors in previous posts. Surgical errors frequently cause Boston residents to suffer lifelong health problems and even wrongful deaths. In our previous post we discussed the ways that doctors are attempting to prevent wrong-side surgery mistakes. We have also discussed issues that some patients have when unscrupulous doctors dodge state medical boards and continue practicing besides records of harming patients.

How doctors aim to prevent wrong-side surgery medical malpractice

Yesterday we discussed the failure of the Joint Commission to decrease the amount of wrong-side surgery medical malpractice mistakes. A former president of the Joint Commission said that the commission underestimated how simple it would be to prevent these surgical errors and that a more drastic approach is necessary.

Wrong-site surgical malpractice: the ultimate "never event."

In previous posts we discussed plans that Medicaid has to stop paying for certain Boston medical malpractice incidents called "never events." The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has adopted the term "never event" which was originally introduced by the former CEO of the National Quality Forum. The term "never event" describes an egregious medical malpractice mistake that should never happen.