Medical Malpractice

Study Finds High Medication Error Rates in Nursing Homes

Nursing homes are meant to be a place where you can put your loved one to be safe. You were probably given a wonderful pitch that included a professional staff, nice rooms and the latest technology ? all designed to care for your parent or grandparent. Unfortunately, a study published in the Journal of American Medical Information… read more

What defenses might doctors use in malpractice cases? Pt. 1

As discussed in a prior article, hospitals and doctors enjoy certain defenses in medical malpractice lawsuits. Most of these defenses center on the nature of medical malpractice cases. This article will continue that discussion on the remaining major defenses. Some states have “Good Samaritan” laws. These laws basically shield individuals from liability when they try… read more

Doctor settles multi-million dollar medical malpractice suit

A young boy suffered significant brain injuries and cerebral palsy in Chicago after several experimental surgeries failed. His family sued the doctor and the accompanying hospital for several million dollars. Their case settled just last week for 30 million dollars. According to a press release from the Rush University Medical Center, the case was settled… read more

A no-fault insurance system for medical malpractice claims?

No-fault insurance, as it is for cars and worker’s compensation, basically means that there is no investigation or trial to determine who was at fault for the accident or injury. Everyone is covered by their insurance carrier and they recover against their insurance carrier. It is good for companies (or hospitals and doctors) because it… read more

Alleged misdiagnosis of infant’s injuries results in lawsuit

Everyone wants to be able to trust their doctor. Unfortunately, doctors are human, just like everyone else. Typically, you would not associate legal problems with medical decisions, but sometimes, they do intersect. A woman in Ohio filed a lawsuit against two doctors for allegedly misdiagnosing her baby. She claims that her child was misdiagnosed with… read more

What is the “standard of care?”

Everyone has probably heard about someone suing a doctor or hospital for medical malpractice. You have also probably been privy to or part of a conversation or argument over the merits of medical malpractice lawsuits. One side may argue that it discourages doctors from taking high-risk patients or specializing in high-risk fields because of their… read more

Caring for someone with a brain injury

The brain is a delicate organ that can be injured in any number of ways including sports injuries, car accidents, falling objects, and infections. The key to managing brain injuries is to control what you can, namely how you treat yourself after incurring the injury. Major brain damage symptoms may develop after the accident event… read more

Your rights to doctor-patient confidentiality

Some relationships are so sensitive that certain information must be kept confidential to facilitate open and honest communication. Some relationships like lawyers to clients, psychologist to patient, priest to layperson and doctor to patient spring to mind. These relationships require a certain level of confidentiality to ensure that the person seeking help can be open… read more

Potential compensation for brain injuries

It might be easy to forget that you got bumped on the head a while back. In fact, you may not even believe you were that injured. Sure you had a concussion but people get those all the time. Brain injuries are difficult to heal and are complicated cases because the symptoms may take months… read more

How to figure appropriate compensation for your brain injury

Brain injuries are terrifying. Infections, broken bones and lacerations are all something tangible; something you can fight with determination and science. However, a brain injury is insidious. You may not even be aware that your brain is injured. With medical expenses piling up, you or a loved one may be tempted to accept an insurance… read more