News Category: Medical Information
Accurate and reliable medical information can be crucial when assessing which medical facility and provider best suit your needs. The Center for Disease Control and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality can be two such organizations to obtain information related to quality health care.
When accidents happen, you may not always have the benefit of research and time to come to a conclusion on where to receive care. Estimates indicate that 5 to 10 percent of all emergency room visits involve some sort of medical error. There are more than 100 million ER visits per year, according to the CDC. This would mean that 5 to 10 million mistakes are being made on average. It may be important to understand that many of these mistakes take place during diagnosis, which can be exacerbated by an understaffed emergency room.
After dropping precipitously from 2003 through 2012, medical malpractice settlements are on the rise again, according to data from Diederich Healthcare. In 2017, roughly $3.9 billion was paid out to victims of medical malpractice. That represents a 2.34 percent increase from 2016. If these trends continue, medical malpractice victims will receive more than $4 billion inRead More
Each year, more than 265,000 people die in the United States from medical accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this is a higher annual death rate than the combined total of stroke and Alzheimer’s deaths. The Leapfrog Group has shown concern for this trend by evaluating the safety of 2,652 hospitals acrossRead More
Physicians have long recommended that women receive annual mammograms beginning at the age of 40. A mammogram is a diagnostic screening process in which low-energy X-rays are taken of the human breast, male or female. Instances of breast cancer are much more common in women, which is the reason for the annual mammogram recommendation putRead More
According to a recent article in the New York Times, some of the city’s busiest hospitals are practicing a disturbing new trend when it comes to protecting themselves from mistakes. Many hospitals have reduced the amount of medical malpractice insurance coverage that they pay for, and some facilities are even completely forgoing malpractice insurance. BecauseRead More
The Special Focus Facilities List is a national registry of nursing homes that are considered to be problem facilities that require monitoring for poor and negligent treatment. The list was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and as of 2010, there were at least 126 nursing homes nationwide that qualified for this negativeRead More
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) defines the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system as the electronic version of patient medical history. Healthcare providers actively maintain and update this record and may also “include all of the key administrative clinical data relevant to that persons care under a particular provider, including demographics, progress notes,Read More
The cap for non-economic damages in California medical malpractice cases is set at $250,000, and it’s been that way since the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) was first passed in 1975. The Consumer Watchdog advocacy group, along with a man whose two children died after a drugged driver crashed into them, wants to liftRead More
If you become injured, through negligent healthcare providers, you may have questions about how best to proceed. Our knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys are here to provide you all the information you need to successfully navigate the legal system and get your rightful compensation. Review our materials and contact us today.