Victims of medical malpractice often build their legal claim on the theory of negligence. Negligence, in its most basic form, involves the accusation that someone did not take proper care while doing something. In a medical malpractice claim, the victim takes it a step further, stating that the failure to act with care resulted in a serious injury or death.
The Untied States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently accused the nationally recognized MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston of serious patient care deficiencies. The accusations came after the agency investigated of the facility. The agency reported it found at least three instances that put patients in “immediate jeopardy” as well as deficiencies in 9 of the 23 areas investigated.
Medical malpractice, or medical negligence, occurs when a health professional fails to provide his patient with the duty of care expected of his profession and this failure results in injury or harm to the patient. These injuries can be expensive and mayimpact the patient for the rest of their life.
According to the American Stroke Association, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds-and someone dies from a stroke every four minutes. In fact, strokes are the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S.
Medical errors continue to pose a problem in hospitals throughout the country. Researchers with Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report an estimated 200,000 patients are fatally injured every year due to preventable medical errors.
A 21-year-old college student knew he was very ill. He went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms and told medical professionals he "felt like he was dying." Nevertheless, the medical staff discharged the young man without treatment.
Thousands of Americans each year are injured due to medication errors that occur in a hospital’s emergency department. One mistake by a nurse or anesthesiologist is all it takes to change your life forever.
English is a second language for many people living in Arizona. Unfortunately, these language barriers can be a problem when a patient who is not fluent in English comes to an emergency room for critical care.
In what may come as surprising news to people in Arizona, the time of day when a person goes to the hospital may affect the quality of care that he or she receives. While some of these issues may simply reflect the body's natural rhythms, people depend on health care professionals for accurate diagnosis and precise treatment throughout the day. However, doctors, nurses and others are not exempt from the slump that many people feel at around 3:00 p.m. Productivity can decline at this time as people get tired, and fatigue among healthcare professionals can have serious consequences.
Arizona patients may be interested to learn that on July 3, it was reported that several families filed a lawsuit against a Cleveland hospital after a freezer housing more than 4,000 eggs and embryos malfunctioned. The cryopreservation system that the eggs and embryos were being housed in for more than 950 families malfunctioned in March.