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Most people probably associate ultrasound scans with pregnant women who are eager to get a glimpse of their growing baby, but experienced providers know prenatal imaging is just one of the many uses of ultrasound technology. At the end of the day, sonography is a valuable diagnostic tool that helps doctors identify conditions affecting various organs throughout the body, including the heart, liver, spleen, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, and testicles. According to the American Cancer Society, for example, sonograms can help physicians differentiate between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts. Like every other diagnostic procedure, though, ultrasounds are not...
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Practicing medicine is one of the most stressful professions in the modern world. Doctors may be different from police officers, soldiers, and construction workers in that their own lives are not at risk, but they must bear the burden of protecting others’ lives every single day. Unfortunately, since medicine is far from an exact science, healthcare providers are not always able to save their patients. Regardless, people expect a lot from their physicians, and when complications arise, malpractice lawsuits are likely. In one study originally published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that 7.4 percent of all...
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Every medical procedure poses certain risks, and every patient has the right to know about those risks before undergoing a particular screening, exam, or treatment. When a patient agrees to a procedure despite knowing the risks, this is called “informed consent.” Getting informed consent is important not only to ensure patients are aware of potential complications but also to protect healthcare providers from medical malpractice claims. Laws regarding informed consent were first implemented in the early twentieth century. In 1914, the Supreme Court ruled that every adult of sound mind has the basic right to consent to medical care. Although...
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When a doctor prescribes a medication, it is reasonable for the patient to assume that the drug is going to help. At the very least, it should not cause any unexpected side effects if it is taken as directed. Unfortunately, medication mistakes happen all the time and can result in devastating complications. The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention defines medication errors as preventable events that may cause inappropriate drug use or lead to patient harm. Although many medication mistakes do not result in any lasting damage, some pharmaceutical errors can have tragic consequences. If you are...
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When you hear hoof beats, don’t look for zebras; look for horses. What might sound like instructions to a zoology apprentice is actually a fundamental principle in diagnostic medicine. Dr. Theodore Woodward coined this oft-quoted zebra maxim in the 1940s to remind physicians to consider the simplest and most common cause of any given symptom before testing for rarer conditions. Additionally, if a patient does present unusual symptoms, he or she is more likely to be experiencing rare complications of a common condition than common symptoms of a rare disease. Unfortunately, there are circumstances in which “zebras” do enter the...
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It is common for anesthesiologists to administer various anesthetics to 500,000 patients over the course of their careers. Each time a patient receives anesthesia is an opportunity for a mistake to occur, and when anesthesia errors do happen, they often have severe or fatal consequences. If you are facing a medical malpractice lawsuit over an alleged anesthesia error, turn to Lubell Rosen. Our lawyers have the experience, resources, and proven legal strategies to defend your interests during every stage of the proceedings. Call (954) 880-9500 to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice defense attorney in Florida. Common Causes of...
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Leaving a foreign object inside a patient is considered a “never event,” which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services define as a preventable error that should never happen during the course of treatment. Despite its classification as such, leaving objects inside patients happens fairly often. Officially called a “retained surgical item,” this scenario occurs in hospitals all over the country at least a dozen times per day. Once patients realize what has happened, they typically file a medical malpractice claim against their provider. Because retained surgical items are considered never events, physicians who face such claims can find it...
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Brachial plexus injuries are among the most serious types of injuries a newborn can sustain due to a difficult delivery. According to the Mayo Clinic, factors that increase the chances of nerve damage in the neck and shoulder area during labor and delivery include prolonged labor, breeched presentation, and a high birth weight. A severe injury that causes considerable damage can result in neonatal brachial plexus palsy (NBPP), which is characterized by partial or total paralysis of the arm. ScienceDirect reports that the incidence of NBPP in the United States is approximately 1.5 per 1,000 live births. Since NBPP can...
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Both procedural errors and misdiagnoses have the potential to cause catastrophic damages, but surgeons and internists are not the only practitioners likely to face malpractice lawsuits. At the end of the day, patients can file a claim against virtually any healthcare provider or facility, including dentists and dental clinics, if they believe they received substandard care. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, physicians in every specialty have a high risk of facing a malpractice lawsuit at some point in their career. With so much at stake, dentists should do everything possible to fight any claims that patients bring...
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Nearly 20 million Americans have some form of peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that affects sensory, motor, or automatic nerves. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, physical trauma is the leading cause of acquired peripheral neuropathy. Nerves can become severed, compressed, stretched, crushed, or detached during forceful impacts, such as motor vehicle collisions and falls, or during contact sports and other related activities. Surgical procedures can also result in nerve damage. When they do, a medical malpractice lawsuit is likely—regardless of whether the surgeon was actually at fault. If you are being sued for nerve...