Debilitating Stroke Following Surgery Brings $178M Malpractice Judgment Against Hospital

In his latest post to our VA-NC Medical Surgery Malpractice Blog, my colleague Mark F. reports on a major victory for a patient who suffered a stroke following botched gastric bypass surgery at a Florida (FL) hospital. The man’s surgeon, doctors and nurses failed to diagnose or treat internal bleeding during the postoperative period, and…

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Wrongful Death Following Surgery Results in $2.4M Medical Malpractice Award in South Carolina

A South Carolina widower received some measure of justice when a jury in Pickens County, SC, handed down a $2.4 million wrongful death award to be paid by surgeons and an obstetrics and gynecological medical practice. Jurors found that the defendant OB/GYNs had failed to diagnose and properly repair a bowel perforation following gynecological surgery…

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Continuing Medical Education Is Disciplinary Tool for Doctor Errors

State licensing boards, hospitals and medical groups are assigning continuing medical education courses to prevent doctor misconduct that can lead to medical malpractice claims or license discipline. According to amednews.com, CME courses help doctors learn from errors such as prescribing medications to friends and family members who are not patients. Other CME courses address physician-patient communication,…

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Admitting Medical Mistakes Can Improve Patient Safety

Human medical errors hurt about 1.5 million in the United Sstates each year. Mistakes result in 100,000 health care-acquired infections, and these preventable injuries cause between 44,000 and 98,000 fatalities each year, according to Quantros. Limiting serious injuries to patients mean not only preventing medical errors, but also reporting and learning from adverse events when…

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