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March 7, 2014

Reasons Why a Medical Malpractice Claim Might Not Succeed

Individuals who have suffered injuries or complications from a medical procedure gone awry should know that they may have a legal right to sue the at-fault doctor or hospital. However, not all claims for relief result in financial awards. Sometimes these legal actions fail before making it in front of a judge and jury. These …

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February 26, 2014

Why Is It Important to Seek Representation for a Medical Malpractice Case?

Winning a medical malpractice case requires a thorough understanding of the law as well as working knowledge of medical practices. Not only do you need to file the correct legal forms on time, but you also need to secure expert witnesses to testify on medical concepts, helping prove that the health care provider in your …

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February 18, 2014

The Proactive Patient’s Guide to Quality Healthcare [INFOGRAPHIC]

What is your most precious commodity? If you’re like most people, it is your health and the health of those you love. Many people enter the medical system—the system that cares for your valuable health—and simply assume that they are always in good hands. In reality, mistakes can and do happen in the medical environment, …

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February 17, 2014

Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Claiming around 600,000 victims every year, heart disease is the number one cause of death among Americans. Perhaps the most tragic aspect of this statistic is that many of these deaths can be prevented. By making a few lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and increase your lifespan. Quit Using Tobacco …

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February 15, 2014

A Look at Cancer Misdiagnosis

Even though drug errors and wrong-site surgery cases seem to receive a lot of attention, misdiagnosis is more common than both of these types of medical errors, according to The Washington Post . In fact, missed, incorrect, or delayed diagnoses affect between 10 and 20 percent of cases. Misdiagnosis can lead to delayed treatment, a …

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February 6, 2014

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014

Many people place the responsibility of patient safety solely on the shoulders of medical professionals. While doctors and nurses have a great responsibility to provide the best care possible, it’s up to everyone in healthcare to ensure the safety of the patient—including the patient! We all want to avoid medical negligence and one of the …

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January 27, 2014

Breaking News: FDA Asks Doctors to Limit Acetaminophen

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking healthcare professionals to stop prescribing combination prescription pain relievers that contain more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit, citing the risk for liver damage. The action targets prescription analgesics that contain both acetaminophen and another ingredient, typically opioids such as …

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January 17, 2014

How Can Doctors Limit Medical Mistakes?

When a patient undergoes surgery, he or she entrusts the entire surgical team with his or her safety and well-being. Unfortunately, surgical mistakes, including operating on the wrong body part or operating on the wrong patient, are not uncommon in hospitals across the country. One of the main reasons why these kinds of errors occur …

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January 17, 2014

What Is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a general term referring to any disorder of the heart. Over one quarter of all deaths in the United States are caused by heart disease, making it the leading killer of Americans. While some kinds of heart disease cannot be prevented, many kinds can be prevented. Common types of heart disease include …

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January 11, 2014

Article by brave physician highlights her own mother’s hospital stay filled with avoidable mistakes due to a culture lacking safety.

This brave article by a young physician highlights her own mother’s hospital stay as being filled with avoidable mistakes and an absence of safety. Learning to Care about Patient Safety Elaine Besancon, MD Most of us can recall a particularly memorable patient who inspired or altered our career path. My patient was a 63-year-old woman …

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