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Duty of care and medical malpractice in Arizona

A plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must demonstrate that a health care provider owed a duty of care. To establish this, the patient must show that there was a relationship with that provider when the malpractice took place. Generally, it must be shown that the relationship was voluntary.

Reducing orthopedic surgical error claims in Arizona

A study was recently completed by The Doctors Company, and researchers from the medical malpractice insurer found that a number of claims for orthopedic surgery medical malpractice concerned improper patient management. To help reduce the number of claims for these issues, guidelines were drawn up, and they focus on ensuring that patients are aware of potential complications and that medical professionals stay alert for problems.

A surgical site infection can cause serious injury

When a person in Arizona is preparing to have a surgical procedure, it can be a harrowing time. Whether it is a small or large issue that must be dealt with, there is an inherent trust placed in the medical professionals performing the surgery. Even if it goes as planned, there is still a chance for complications to occur. One such issue can be a surgical site infection.

Lack of insurance may not be malpractice

Arizona residents may be interested to learn that in at least one state, a court ruled that a doctor cannot be sued for not carrying malpractice insurance. The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that after a doctor improperly placed screws in a patient's foot, it would be the responsibility of the state medical board to discipline him for not being insured and not the court.

Medical errors caused by U.S. hospitals

Arizona patients may be aware of the risk of adverse effects that can occur from being admitted to a hospital. According to statistics, approximately 4 percent of hospitalized patients eventually develop a hospital-acquired infection that could be resistant to antibiotics. These adverse events claim about 23,000 lives each year. Overall, preventable errors at hospitals kill about 400,000 people annually.

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