Category: Medical Negligence

23 aug
Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Breast Augmentation?

Of the approximately 300,000 American women who have breast augmentation surgery each year, some 240,000 choose the procedure for cosmetic reasons. For the remainder, breast augmentation is a reconstructive surgery following mastectomy or accidental breast scarring. The number of annual breast augmentations makes the operation the most common cosmetic surgery performed in the United Sates,

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23 aug
Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Breast Implants?

The increase in the number of breast augmentations performed has also led to an increase in the number of breast implant malpractice claims. When a patient is seriously injured or dies as a result of breast augmentation surgery, it is possible that malpractice has occurred. Potential Breast Implant Injuries There is always a risk involved

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23 aug
Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Plastic Surgery?

The number of people choosing elective cosmetic, or plastic, surgery has increased drastically since 2000. Even the recession that began in 2007 hasn’t stemmed the desire for cosmetic surgery, according to a report from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Americans underwent more than 1.6 million elective cosmetic surgeries in 2010 alone, according to

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Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Gastric Bypass?
23 aug
Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Gastric Bypass?

According to statistics published by the National Institute of Health, more than six times as many operations of gastric bypass surgery were performed in the last decade of the 20th century. Although the statistics are not yet available for the first decade of the 21st century, the Institute expects the current pace of more gastric

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Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Gastric Banding?
23 aug
Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Gastric Banding?

What is Gastric Branding? Gastric banding is a surgical procedure which was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in 2001 as a means for helping obese patients successfully manage their weight. The procedure is usually only recommended for those with over 100 pounds in extra weight, with a body mass index exceeding

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Can Patients Sue For Injuries From An Appendectomy?
23 aug
Can Patients Sue For Injuries From An Appendectomy?

While an appendectomy is a routine procedure that is frequently performed, complications can quickly result if a surgical error occurs during the procedure or if the patient’s symptoms of appendicitis are not addressed in a timely manner. Although the appendix is a relatively small organ and does not appear to aid in a particular body

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Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Surgical Errors?
23 aug
Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Surgical Errors?

Despite many protocols and requirements that hospitals are setting in order to avoid surgical mistakes, doctors and surgeons are still performing an alarming number of errors in the operating room. In the case of surgical negligence, the responsible party largely depends on who the surgeon is employed by and whether or not the error was

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23 aug
Can You File A Malpractice Lawsuit For Induced Addiction?

When a doctor chooses to administer a potentially addictive treatment to a patient, he or she has a responsibility to make the patient aware of the possibility, as well as monitor the patient for signs of addiction. Should he or she notice signs of drug abuse, they have an obligation to immediately discontinue the prescription

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23 aug
Can Patients Sue For Allergic Reaction To Prescribed Medication?

Signs of an allergic reaction can manifest in numerous ways. The symptoms can vary from the rash and skin irritation associated with contact dermatitis, or a case of anaphylactic shock, which places the life of the patient in jeopardy. Allergies occur as a result of a hypersensitive immune system and many types of substances can

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23 aug
Can Patients Sue For EGD Perforation Injuries?

An upper GI endoscopy, usually called an “EGD” (after “EsophagoGastroDuodenoscopy,” the proper medical name of the procedure), is the visual examination of the upper intestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, and duodenum) using a lighted, flexible, fiber-optic endoscope. Although EGD is considered a relatively safe diagnostic procedure, there have been reported instances of accidental esophageal perforation (puncture)

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21 aug
Can Patients Sue For Injuries From Eye Surgery?

Eye complications can affect patients of any age. Most people experience a lack of visual clarity as they grow older and a need for reading glasses becomes unavoidable. Others may be forced to wear glasses or contacts from early childhood. Regardless of the timing, clear vision is an important aspect of health. It can affect

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18 aug
Can You Sue A Hospital?

Medical malpractice is a difficult branch of law for a variety of reasons. Of course, not every problem that results from a hospital visit is malpractice, and even when it is, legal action is not always the correct course of action. Furthermore, who is legally responsible for malpractice varies based on the circumstances. Here are

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18 aug
Can You Sue Your Doctor?

Doctors operate under a legal “duty of care”, a standard requiring they provide an acceptable standard of care for their patients. That duty is breached if they either harm their patient or lapse in their duty to treat them correctly, which is usually due to negligence. Determining Legal Action In order to have a case,

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Can You File A Malpractice Lawsuit For Kernicterus?
18 aug
Can You File A Malpractice Lawsuit For Kernicterus?

What is Kernicterus? Kernicterus is a rare but serious disease that causes brain damage in infants due to increased levels of bilirubin within their blood system. This disease typically results from jaundice that has gone untreated. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin also caused by increased levels of bilirubin. Kernicterus will only develop if

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18 aug
Can You File A Malpractice Lawsuit For Mistreating Infections?

Many infections require medical treatment in order to heal. When you seek medical attention for an infection and don’t receive treatment, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical personnel or hospital that should have provided the treatment. What is Medical Negligence? All doctors, nurses and hospitals are required to follow

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18 aug
Can Patients Sue For A Hospital Acquired Infection?

Whenever one visits a medical clinic, hospital, or other related facility, they run the risk of acquiring a hospital acquired infection, which is another term for an infection that one picked up or developed within a medical unit such as a hospital. Studies have shown that up to five percent of patients who enter a

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18 aug
Can You File A Lawsuit For Emergency Room Negligence?

All medical facilities have a standard that they must follow to provide adequate care to patients. If injury to a patient is caused by negligence, an entire medical facility may be held responsible. In most medical malpractice cases, the doctor, nurse, or other medical professional on the case is held responsible, but sometimes the clinic,

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18 aug
Can Patients Sue For Altered Hospital Records?

If an individual becomes injured due to some type of medical treatment, a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed. The aforementioned medical treatment can be administered by a nurse, doctor, hospital, clinic or a medical facility. Therefore, altered medical records give an injured party a valid reason for filing a malpractice claim. Altered Medical Records

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