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How Are Emergency Room Medical Malpractice Cases Different?

If you have been injured due to emergency room medical malpractice, it can be difficult to know who is at fault. First responders, ER doctors and the hospital itself each play a part. Understanding their individual roles can help determine who may be liable. Who is at Fault? First responder crews may be protected from lawsuits by certain laws. Most states, including NJ, have these laws to safeguard the way emergency services are run. However, these crews can still be held responsible for causing you undue harm. To be liable, they need to have been intentionally reckless. For emergency room personnel, normal medical malpractice rules are used. Put simply, if a doctor makes a mistake that a different doctor in the same situation would not make, then the doctor who made the error could be liable. Usually, the doctor needs to have made a severe mistake to be found liable…
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A Third of Medical Malpractice Cases Are Against the Same Few Doctors

New research has found that as little as 1 percent of all doctors in the U.S. are connected to more than a third of all medical malpractice claims. Looking a little deeper into the reasons behind such a disproportionate number, you can see that the doctors linked to so many medical malpractice cases have a number of things in common. For example, a staggering 82 percent of those doctors are male. Most of those are a bit older. Also, four practices stood out as most prone to litigation, including internal medicine, general surgery, general practice, and obstetrics and gynecology. However, the most telling commonality between the physicians is that they’ve all been sued for medical malpractice before. An interesting find from David Studdert, professor of medicine and law at Stanford, shows that medical practitioners with three prior medical malpractice claims against them are three times more likely to be sued…
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Woman Files Medical Malpractice Suit for Mishandling of Cat Bite Wound

A woman who suffered from complications arising from multiple cat bites has recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the physicians and hospital that treated her. She claims the doctors did not properly care for the wounds or the subsequent complications, which has led to enduring pain. The original incident occurred back in 2013, when the woman tried to break up a fight between her sister-in-law’s cat and a stray. She was bitten three times; on the left forearm, the wrist, and thumb. Initially, she says she only cleaned the wounds with water and went about her day, but later was forced to go to a hospital when the bites became infected. The woman says she made multiple trips to the hospital and ER over the course of a few weeks, but her condition steadily worsened. Eventually, she was given antibiotics and referred to a hand surgeon, with whom she…
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