Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

If you were hurt by medical malpractice, our Atlantic City personal injury lawyers have experience dealing with medical negligence cases.

Study Finds Opioids Are Linked to a Majority of Medication Mistake Lawsuits

America’s opioid epidemic is the worst public health crisis in decades. Thousands of people are overdosing OxyContin, hydrocodone and other prescription opioids each year. A new study published by Coverys, a medical liability insurer, has discovered that opioids are also responsible for a majority of medical malpractice lawsuits involving medication errors. Some of the lawsuits may be a result of negligent pain management. Coverys analyzed more than 10,000 medical malpractice claims that were filed between 2012 and 2016 to compile its report. According to the data, 24 percent of these claims involved prescription opioid medications. To put this into perspective, opioids are responsible for only 5 percent of prescriptions in the US. Plaintiffs who filed opioid lawsuits made several types of claims. Some claimed they or loved ones had overdosed, while others filed lawsuits after becoming addicted. Furthermore, 15 percent of the claims involve allegations that physicians inappropriately prescribed opioid…
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Are Joint Commission Hospital Ratings Exaggerated?

An investigative article published by the Wall Street Journal suggests there are serious flaws with the Joint Commission’s accreditation process. The Joint Commission is a private organization that is responsible for accrediting 80 percent of US hospitals. According to the article, the Joint Commission rarely revokes accreditation status, even when hospitals are not in compliance with safety standards set by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Wall Street Journal investigated hundreds of Joint Commission inspections from 2014 through 2016 for its article. According to its findings, 350 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission were in violation of CMS standards during 2014. Some of the hospitals were still in violation during 2015 and 2016. The Wall Street Journal article found that even though these violations occurred, only 1 percent of the hospitals lost their accreditation. CMS may inspect and pull federal funding from hospitals with high rates of…
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Can Hospital Staff Negligence Cause Hospital-Acquired Infections?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 25 US hospital patients will develop hospital-acquired infections. Hospitals workers know that pathogens are a major threat to patient safety. For this reason, health care workers are required to follow sanitation and patient care policies that cut the number of hospital infections. As medical malpractice attorneys, we have seen our fair share of instances where sanitation policies are ignored or patients are not given the standard of care. Hospital staff may put patients at risk of an infection by: Improperly cleaning equipment: Medical devices used during surgery must be sterile or they can transmit infections to patients. For example, the duodenoscope is notorious for having hard-to-reach crevices and cracks that can hide bacteria. These medical devices are also responsible for outbreaks of CRE, a deadly antibiotic-resistant superbug. Other medical devices, such as catheters, can also transmit infection. Poor…
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