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Surgeons’ Unprofessional Treatment of Colleagues Can Impact Patient Safety

In the medical field, surgeons are known for being some of the most brilliant, talented, and technically gifted individuals. Unfortunately, they also have a reputation for being rude, condescending, and unprofessional towards fellow colleagues, including nurses, physicians, and other members of their team. While some surgeons claim that this type of behavior can be productive » Read More


Patient Awarded $11.5 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

In April 2009, an 18-month-old girl was brought to Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts by her father after she started vomiting and showing signs of dehydration. According to court documents, a radiologist performed a chest x-ray and determined that the patient likely had bronchiolitis v. atypical pneumonia. However, he failed to diagnose her enlarged heart, which » Read More


Proving Causation in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical malpractice lawsuits typically occur when a medical professional fails to provide the accepted standard of care, causing harm to the patient, either in the form of an injury or an illness. For the patient to reach a successful settlement, proving causation in a medical malpractice case can be difficult. A skilled medical malpractice lawyer » Read More


Study Shows Low-Rated Hospitals are a Growing Risk to Patients

According to a recent analysis of close to 2,600 hospitals across the country, some of the nation’s most poorly rated hospitals are putting patients at an increased risk of dying from medical errors, serious infections, and other safety-related issues because the hospitals have not taken the necessary steps to improve their safety record. This new » Read More


Delay in Cancer Diagnosis Has Fatal Consequences

As patients, we put our trust in the hands of the medical professionals who are responsible for our care. What we sometimes forget is that doctors are human and make mistakes. Unfortunately, medical errors are responsible for more than 250,000 fatalities every year in the United States, according to a study by Johns Hopkins. A » Read More


How Does Telemedicine Impact Health Care?

As technology continues to evolve, telemedicine is becoming a more common practice in the health care industry. More health care organizations are implementing telehealth platforms for non-urgent services. In fact, close to 90 percent of healthcare organizations in this country rely on telemedicine. However, physicians have a responsibility to determine whether this type of practice » Read More


Improperly Sterilized Dental Tools Put Patients at Risk

Good dental hygiene starts with regular visits to the dentist. This usually involves a thorough cleaning, x-rays, and a check-up with the dentist. However, this routine visit can cause potentially serious complications if the dental tools are not properly sterilized. Unfortunately, this is what happened in several dental clinics in Philadelphia and Washington state. Thousands » Read More


Why is Colon Cancer Often Misdiagnosed in Younger Patients?

Colon cancer generally affects patients who are over the age of 50, unless there is a family history of the disease, or the patient is African American or a native of Alaska. For years, the American Cancer Society’s colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommended that patients begin screening for the disease at the age of 50. » Read More


Physicians with Multiple Malpractice Claims Move to Solo Practices

Physicians who have medical malpractice claims against them often try to save their reputation by starting fresh in a new practice. While the common assumption is that they relocate to a new state to leave their tarnished reputation behind, they are more likely to stay put and either join a smaller practice or start a » Read More


Insufficient Evidence that Surgical Robots are Effective in Treating Cancer

High-tech surgical robots are one of the latest advances in medicine that surgeons are using to treat patients with certain types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer. However, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these robots are not necessarily an improvement from traditional operations. In fact, for some patients, the device may » Read More