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September 2014 Archives

Medical malpractice claims in Arizona

Residents of Arizona who have suffered injury due to a doctor's error may wish to learn more about how medical malpractice claims work. Someone who has suffered due to medical negligence could file suit to seek two types of damages: actual damages, which cover costs such as additional medical bills and loss of wages, and punitive damages, which are imposed because of a health care provider's reckless behavior.

An overview of wrong-site surgery

Arizona residents may be aware that reported cases of wrong-site surgery have been on the increase in recent years. Since the 1999 publication of a study by the Institute of Medicine about surgical errors, reports of wrong-site surgeries have increased more than tenfold. Although it is uncertain whether the increase is due to a greater number of errors, improvements in reporting or combinations of factors, individuals who have been negatively impacted by surgical errors have the option to seek legal redress for their injuries.

Medical malpractice and giving birth

Expecting mothers in Arizona may want to know that infants can suffer injuries during the birthing process for a number of reasons. The prolonged pressure endured by the baby during a long labor may cause harm. If a woman has an irregularly sized pelvis, her infant may become lodged and require that a physician use forceps or vacuum extraction. These methods can also cause trauma. Babies can also be harmed during birth when they are in a transverse position or a breech. Babies weighing more than 9 pounds, 14.7 ounces are at a greater risk of being hurt during birth.

Understanding medical errors in Arizona

Residents in Arizona may benefit from learning more about how adverse events from medical treatment are monitored and managed in the health care industry. For some time, many have ultimately viewed complications from treatment, adverse events and medical errors all as one in the same. However, more astute physicians have noted that adverse effects caused by treatment complications differ substantially from those caused by medical error.

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