Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

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How Could Medical Negligence Cause Sepsis?

Sepsis is a medical term used to describe the body’s extreme reaction to an infection. Although anyone can suffer from sepsis, individuals over the age of 65 or those with compromised immune systems are most at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 250,000 people in the US die from sepsis each year. To put this into perspective, slightly over 40,000 deaths in the US during 2016 were caused by auto accidents. Sepsis is also the leading cause of death in hospitals across the country. This life-threatening condition may be caused by the actions of negligent health care providers. In a health care setting, death or injury from sepsis could be caused by factors that include: Unsanitary conditions: There could be an increased risk of sepsis in hospitals and nursing homes with unsanitary conditions. Central line infections are one way you could develop sepsis. You may…
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Fifteen New Jersey Hospitals Penalized for Patient Safety Lapses

Medicare payments have been reduced for 15 New Jersey hospitals due to higher rates of hospital-acquired conditions. These are certain types of conditions that can harm patients when there are safety lapses. Hospitals with above-average rates of these conditions can have funding reduced by Medicare due to a provision in the Affordable Care Act. Fewer New Jersey hospitals were penalized this year, but there is still major work that must be done to protect the safety of patients. Hospitals in New Jersey were penalized for patient safety lapses that included: Hospital-acquired infections: Medicare will reduce payments for hospitals that have higher than average rates of hospital-acquired infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that hospital-acquired infections kill an estimated 99,000 people in the US every year. Falls: Hospitals can have their Medicare funding cut if their patients suffer an above-average rate of hip fractures caused by falls….
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Can A Medical Malpractice Claim Be Filed for a Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical mistake in the US. Although some diagnostic errors are minor in terms of the consequences they have on patients, some are serious or even life-threatening. Diagnostic errors involving cancer often fall into the latter category. How can doctors or other health care providers misdiagnose cancer? There are multiple reasons why this can happen. A doctor may not identify apparent symptoms of specific types of cancer. Lab technicians may fail to identify signs of cancer, such as abnormal cell activity during a biopsy. A biopsy is a type of procedure that tests for tissue and cell abnormalities. A doctor may fail to order diagnostic tests when a patient is showing apparent symptoms of cancer. Test results can also be misinterpreted. For instance, a doctor may misinterpret the results of an imaging test with an illness that is less serious. Mistakes can be…
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