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Medical Malpractice

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Mark Hickey
Medical malpractice cases encompass a wide range of behavior by a medical professional resulting in serious injury or death. While most doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers make few mistakes, medical errors can have devastating consequences when they do occur. In order to prove medical malpractice, an injured party must establish that the medical professional negligently deviated from the prevailing standard of care in their care or treatment of their patient. Failure to Diagnosis, Incorrect...
Medical Malpractice

Proving a Diagnostic Error

Mark Hickey
Patients seek medical care from their physicians in order to have a problem treated and hopefully cured. When a patient receives a misdiagnosis, negative impacts can snowball. In fact, diagnostic error is becoming the most prevalent medical malpractice issue in the United States. What Is a Diagnostic Error? Diagnostic error is the misdiagnosis or the delay of an accurate diagnosis. Failure to diagnose puts the patient at risk for developing complications for inadequate and inaccurate...
Medical Malpractice

Emergency Room Medical Malpractice

Mark Hickey
When emergency medical care is needed, patients rely on the skill and attention of the emergency department of the hospital. Medical problems can be made worse if medical malpractice occurs. Though first responders, such as paramedics, ambulance crews, EMTs, and firefighters, are generally exempt from medical malpractice liability, the emergency room staff is not similarly protected. In fact, emergency room staff operates under the same protection as the other medical staff in the hospital. What...
Medical Malpractice

The 5 Most Common Reasons for Malpractice Cases

Mark Hickey
Becoming the victim of your doctor’s negligence is painful and devastating, both physically and financially. Unfortunately, serious errors are not uncommon. Each year, upward of 20,000 patients file lawsuits against their doctors. At any given moment, one in 14 American doctors faces a medical malpractice lawsuit from a patient. Malpractice lawsuits generally stem from one of a handful of reasons. A recent studyof cases from around the world by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical School and...
Medical Malpractice

4 Things You Can Do to Avoid Being a Victim of Malpractice

Mark Hickey
Every year, hundreds of thousands of patients fall victim to medical malpractice. While errors in diagnosis and treatment are ultimately the responsibility of the practitioner, it is also incumbent upon patients to be informed consumers and take charge of their health care. Negligence on the part of your health care provider can lead to costly, painful and even fatal consequences. That is why, as the patient, it is crucial you take certain important steps to help...
Medical Malpractice

When You Suspect Medical Malpractice: A Step-By-Step Checklist

Mark Hickey
Every day, Americans trust their lives to medical professionals; and most of the time, their faith is rewarded.  However, doctors, nurses, surgeons and health care providers are only human, and sometimes they make medical mistakes.  These mistakes can lead to injury, illness — or worse. As reported in Forbes, as many as 200,000 Americans die annually from substandard medical care.  If you suspect that you or a family member is a victim of medical malpractice, protect...
Medical Malpractice

Is It Malpractice or Simply a Bad Result? Questions to Ask When Considering a Medical Negligence Claim

Mark Hickey
Medical professionals serve an important function in society: to heal the injured and care for the sick.  We place our trust in doctors, nurses and hospitals and, in return we expect quality care.  When this trust is violated, the results can be catastrophic. Inattention, understaffing and carelessness often result in medical errors — with the patient paying the price.  In fact, a study in The Journal of Health Affairs found that nearly a third of all hospital...