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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

NORTH CAROLINA COURT PREVENTS EFFORTS TO PUNISH PATIENT’S MEDICAL EXPERT

Medical malpractice cases are “battles of the experts.” Both sides present expert medical testimony to the jury on whether the defendant health care providers were negligent and, if so, what harm resulted. It is difficult enough to get an honest credible medical expert to testify in court that a colleague committed malpractice but in the...[Read More]

DISCLOSING MEDICAL ERRORS TO PATIENTS – do Physicians do this?

We often have clients tell us that they wished their physician would have let them know about the mistake or error – or even, how an apology would have been sufficient closure for a medical mistake. We also hear stories where one treating physician will be fearful to state openly and honestly, that a second...[Read More]

ONE OF FOUR MEDICARE PATIENT DEATHS IN HOSPITALS DUE TO NEGLIGENCE

How good is your hospital? A recent examination of Medicare beneficiaries’ records at 5,000 hospitals in the United States reveals that more than one million medical errors occurred between 2002 and 2004. Most alarming is the fact that one quarter of those incidents led to the death of the patient! Read the report for yourself.

WHY ARE THE SAME MISTAKES MADE OVER AND OVER AGAIN?

Why do doctors, nurses, and hospitals repeatedly make the same mistakes which injure or kill their patients? We see it all the time in our cases! The same doctor misdiagnosing acute appendicitis as a simple stomach ache. Emergency physicians regularly missing the opportunity to diagnose a myocardial infarct (heart attack) in the emergency department and...[Read More]

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