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September 2011 Archives

Hospital negligence leads to man receiving hepatitis infected kidney

We have discussed many cases of hospital negligence in previous posts. Hospital negligence covers a broad array of medical malpractice including anesthesia negligence, failure to diagnose treatable illnesses, emergency room errors, and surgical errors.

Malpractice database takedown has journalists enraged

An uproar was caused when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services abruptly took down The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Public Use Data File which journalists have relied on since 1986 as a source for information on medical malpractice. The database tracks doctors' records of medical malpractice, discipline and medical errors and is a vital resource for those monitoring the nation's medical malpractice problems.

Hospitals seek to cut medical malpractice incidents by fixing errors

We have covered numerous cases of hospital negligence in previous posts. Medical malpractice is a pervasive problem in the Boston area and unfortunately many of the most serious medical malpractice injuries are wholly avoidable. In an effort to improve patient outcomes and possibly avoid medical malpractice lawsuits a program has finally been designed to allow hospital workers to report dangerous situations that they observe before someone gets hurt.

Regulator: plastic surgery malpractice is "out of control"

Yesterday we discussed the case of a 32-year-old mother of six who died of a painkiller overdose after her plastic surgery. This mother's death is shockingly common because most state regulations concerning plastic surgeons are very lax. This means that doctors who are trained in other medical areas such as obstetrics or vision are now performing plastic surgeries after training courses that can take as little as a weekend.

Cosmetic surgery patients weigh medical malpractice risk

There are many concerns that Boston residents have while considering elective surgery such as tummy tucks and liposuction. Medical malpractice can occur during any surgery, but family members are especially burdened by the guilt that may arise if a loved one is seriously hurt or killed in an optional surgery. In a previous post we discussed the death of a Framingham woman who may have died as a result of a breast implant surgery and complaints that other patients of the clinic had. Unfortunately incidents such as this are not uncommon and many women and men die every year after cosmetic surgery.

Medical errors result in fines for 12 hospitals

Medical errors are frequently devastating to patient families and preventable. Hospital errors occur in some of the most well regarded medical centers around the country and even the most competent physicians can make a mistake that forever alters the life of a patient and his or her family.

Study: few doctors pay medical malpractice claims

We recently discussed a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which indicates that the vast majority of doctors will be sued for medical malpractice at least once during their careers. This statistic was true for physicians who worked in high risk specialty areas and those who worked in low risk areas.

Boston mother receives $11M after infant death

In an earlier post we mentioned that Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was found to have one of the worst readmission rates in the country. Beth Israel had among the highest national readmission rates for patients experiencing heart attack, pneumonia, or heart failure. Readmission can mean that patients are more likely to encounter problems such as infection and medical malpractice. Patients say that the hospital has other issues, including inadequate care for premature infants.

Patient loses penis amputation medical malpractice lawsuit

We have covered many surgical errors in previous posts. Surgical errors are distressingly common in Boston area hospitals and can result in the permanent disability of a patient. A surgical error can be the result of an inexperienced doctor, nurse negligence, wrong-side surgery, or an unauthorized amputation, among other things.