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Communication, staff issues could lead to medical mistakes

No one wants to become the victim of a medical error. These mistakes often prove serious or even fatal. Unfortunately, they're more common than you might think. In fact, according to a study at Johns Hopkins, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States - ranking higher than diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and strokes.

What documentation do lawyers need in medical malpractice claims?

Sometimes, even the most clear-cut medical malpractice claim may fall apart in the end, leaving victims bewildered and hurt. Victims must always remember that what is obvious to you, and probably to your injury attorney, still needs to be supported with strong evidence. Documentation is a key element in medical malpractice claims, and without it, your case will certainly suffer.

Veterans fight for their rights after receiving substandard care

Americans want veterans to be treated well and to get excellent health care as part of the debt they're owed for their service to the country. Unfortunately, there have been problems with health care for veterans for decades. This is something that leaders at the national level say they are now working to try to correct.

Medical facilities need to work hard to avoid errors

There are many medical facilities in Boston, Massachusetts, that do excellent work and have satisfied patients. Other medical facilities, however, can run into problems, including those that can lead directly to claims of medical malpractice. Those claims are often due to medical errors that could have been avoided. Medical facilities need to be extra careful about avoiding those.

Can I get a witness? Testimony in medical malpractice claims

If you recently visited a hospital for treatment of a medical condition, chances are, you probably expected to receive a certain standard of care during your stay. Unfortunately, sometimes things don't go as planned, and you could be suffering the consequences.

Infant SIDS monitors: Causing more harm than good?

For parents of newborns, few things are scarier than SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). It's the leading cause of death in babies. Parents can reduce the risk by following the safe-sleep guidelines and other protective measures recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, because SIDS ultimately can't be explained or predicted, there's no way to completely prevent it.

Overlapping surgeries may result in medical malpractice

When going in for surgery, a patient hopes that his or her operation will be performed by an expert medical team that focuses on only that patient until the surgery is complete. However, prospective patients should be aware that many hospitals engage in a practice called overlapping. If they do this in a way that leads to negative repercussions for a patient, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

Study shows that second opinions are often different

You go to the doctor, and he or she gives you an opinion about your ailment and your treatment needs. You trust the doctor, going home to carry out that treatment plan. Should you be worried that the doctor was actually wrong and that you're now involved in improper treatment?

What to ask before hiring a medical malpractice attorney

A hospitalization usually means that you will undergo a procedure or will be monitored to see if certain medications are working. Being injured or sickened is not your expectation. Unfortunately, thousands of people across the U.S. are harmed through negligent actions. In these instances, the law allows for negligent physicians and hospitals to be held accountable through medical malpractice lawsuits.