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Can a Patient File a Malpractice Lawsuit Against a Dentist?

Most medical malpractice cases involve medical professionals, such as doctors, surgeons, and anesthesiologists. Medical malpractice cases involving dentists are far less common, but they do occur. There are over 200,000 practicing dentists in the United States, with each dentist seeing approximately 2,500 patients each year. This adds up to roughly 500 million dental patients annually. » Read More


Are Doctor-Patient Relationships Important in a Medical Malpractice Claim?

If you believe that your doctor was negligent and caused an injury or health complication, you may wish to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. To prove that medical malpractice occurred, you must show that a doctor-patient relationship existed, the doctor was negligent, his or her negligence caused the injury, and the injury led to specific » Read More


What is the Difference Between Negative Treatment Outcome and Malpractice?

Health care professionals are not perfect. They occasionally make mistakes, like all of us. Unfortunately, when they make a mistake, it can cause serious health complications for the patient. However, just because something went wrong, or the patient’s condition deteriorated, it does not necessarily mean the health care professional was negligent. In order to pursue » Read More


What is the Second Most Common Medical Malpractice Claim?

Even routine surgical procedures come with risks. In addition to the obvious impact on the patient, surgical errors are responsible for a significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits. Medical liability insurer, Coverys Inc., released a report on the impact of surgery risks on medical malpractice claims. The report found that surgical errors are the second » Read More


Primary and Outpatient Care Settings Affected by Medical Errors

It is a common misconception that medical errors occur only in hospitals. However, according to a white paper that was recently released by the Foundation for the Innovation and Development of Health Safety, approximately four out of 10 patients are affected by medical errors in the primary care and outpatient health care setting. The study » Read More


Infant Lifetime Care Trusts

Multi-million-dollar medical malpractice settlements associated with birth injuries are having serious financial consequences for health care providers in Maryland. These huge settlement amounts are making it difficult for hospitals like Johns Hopkins to cover the malpractice insurance costs that continue to skyrocket. Self-insured providers also worry that they will have to cut back on obstetric » Read More


Family Requests Autopsy After Sudden Death Raises Questions

After losing their mother suddenly, the surviving family members of a 53-year-old Pennsylvania resident had a lot of questions about how she died. The month before the patient died, she was dancing at a wedding and seemed to be in good health. Two weeks later, she was in the hospital, where she remained for approximately » Read More


Common Myths About Medical Malpractice Claims

Health care professionals have a duty of care to protect patients from harm. While most health care providers take this responsibility very seriously and provide the best possible care, medical mistakes can happen. In fact, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. » Read More


What Steps Should I Take If My Health Care Provider was Negligent?

As patients, we put our health and safety in the hands of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers. We trust that they have our best interests at heart and that they are going to provide the best care possible. However, health care providers are also human and capable of making mistakes. Unfortunately, there are » Read More


Understanding Liability in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If a patient dies after receiving medical treatment at a hospital, the surviving family members may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit if they believe negligence was involved. Depending on the details of the case, the family members may sue the negligent doctor and the hospital. However, that is not always the best course » Read More