What Are the Most Common Surgical Errors?

Surgery is always something to be cautious about. There are always stories of people going in for a routine surgery who end up injured, disabled, or dead. There are always risks of surgery, even for common outpatient procedures. It is important for patients to be aware of the risks of surgery and…

What Is the Most Common Type of Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice can happen in any type of medicine, from neurosurgery to ophthalmology. Some medical errors are minor and may not cause any major problems. More serious medical accidents can cause permanent injury, including disability, paralysis, and decreased lifespan.  Instead of frightening patients into worrying about every possible medical procedure, it is…

Medical Malpractice and Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement surgery is among the most common joint replacement procedures. Many older people get knee replacement surgery to address knee pain and joint problems. Even younger people who are physically active may have problems with knee pain after their cartilage, bones, and ligaments cause joint issues.  Knee implant surgery can provide…

Can I Sue for a Multiple Sclerosis Misdiagnosis?

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease. MS events can come on without warning and go away just as unpredictably. For some patients, the disease has a steady progression. It can be frustrating for patients and their families to live with MS as patients and doctors try different treatment options to manage symptoms. …

What Are the Medical Malpractice Laws in Pennsylvania?

If you are injured because of a mistake made by a doctor, you may not be thinking about how the court rules of Pennsylvania will affect your case. The reality is that every state is very different in how it handles civil lawsuits, like personal injury, defective products, car accidents, and medical…

Can You Sue an Acupuncturist for Medical Malpractice?

Acupuncture is an alternative to more traditional Western medicine that is becoming more popular across the country. Some acupuncture practitioners are also medical doctors, who can provide a broader range of treatment options. Many people think of acupuncture as a safe alternative treatment with many benefits and few side effects. Unfortunately, when…

Was My Medical Implant Recalled by the FDA?

There are thousands of surgeries every year that involve using a medical device or implant to help patients with a variety of health conditions. Once a device is implanted, it becomes a part of your body and will stay with you until it is surgically removed.  Unfortunately, some medical devices have problems…

How Common Is a False Diagnosis?

When you are suffering from unfamiliar symptoms, you may do a quick search on the internet and find that you could have anything from the flu to a fatal and rare tropical disease. Searching the internet can be helpful for finding a nearby restaurant or checking the hours of the grocery store…

Botox Injection Malpractice

Botox is one of the most common non-invasive cosmetic procedures in the country. More people are getting it every year and at younger and younger ages. With anyone from 18-year-olds coming in for Botox, many patients don’t understand the possible risks. After hearing from friends, family, Instagram models, and celebrities, it seems…

Coronary Stent Implant Malpractice

For people with coronary heart disease, coronary stents are a common surgical treatment to open the arteries and keep blood flowing to the heart. The treatment can be a lifesaver to help patients with angina and reduce the risk of an acute myocardial infarction or heart attack.  When talking about angioplasty and…

Why Do Doctors Get Away with Medical Malpractice?

If you made a mistake in your job that caused serious damage, you would probably feel the consequences. You would be held accountable for your errors and may even lose your job. How come the same doesn’t happen when doctors make a medical mistake that causes serious bodily injury, or even permanent…

What Is the Most Common Type of Birth Injury?

The last thing any pregnant mother-to-be wants to think about is a birth injury. Unfortunately, birth injuries and birth defects are a reality of modern U.S. medical care. Birth injuries can involve unpreventable birth complications. However, other birth injuries are entirely preventable. When a birth injury is caused by medical negligence, the…

Can You Sue a Dermatologist for Diagnostic Errors?

The skin is the largest organ of the body and provides vital protection for the rest of the body. With such an important function, it is important to take care of our skin. When there are problems with the skin, a dermatologist is a doctor who can evaluate, diagnose, and treat any…

Liposuction and Medical Malpractice

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures. Patients seek out liposuction as a way to improve their physical appearance by surgically taking out unwanted fat. Unfortunately, lipo is not always performed with the proper standards of medical care.  Medical errors during lipo surgery can cause infection, disfigurement, scarring, serious…

Can You Sue for MRI Errors?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a powerful tool for doctors and healthcare professionals. An MRI can give a unique look inside the body of a patient and help with diagnosing medical conditions. Like other diagnostic imaging, it is important that an experienced professional review the findings. Failure to properly order, track, and review…

Can I Get Compensation for a Traumatic Birth?

After months of carrying your child, the time for delivery finally arrives. Unfortunately for many women, the physical and mental trauma of a birth complication can last for months or years after delivery. When the mother or baby suffers during a traumatic birth caused by medical negligence, the mother may be able…

Can You Sue a Physician Assistant for Medical Malpractice?

When you are getting care in a hospital, you may not know whether the person treating you is a nurse, doctor, physician’s assistant, or other healthcare worker. All of the abbreviations on the care provider’s identification may not make it any clearer until they introduce themselves as “doctor” or “nurse.” A physician…

Is it Hard to Sue a Doctor in Chicago?

Patients in Chicago who are injured because of a medical error may not know where to start. The doctor may not admit to making a mistake or even try to blame the patient. If the doctor isn’t cooperating, you may need to take action on your own to get answers and help…

What Are the 3 Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice?

It can be difficult to know what the 3 most common types of medical malpractice are because so many medical errors go unreported. Medical malpractice has contributed to hundreds of thousands of unnecessary injuries and death each year in the United States. According to one study, medical errors are the 3rd leading…

What Is Classified As Medical Negligence?

Medical negligence happens when a doctor or medical professional fails to provide proper care. Everyone has a duty not to negligently cause injuries. However, doctors have a special duty of care based on their training, experience, and responsibilities to their patients.  When medical negligence causes injuries to a patient, the patient may…

Can You Sue if an Operation Goes Wrong?

For an elective surgery, the patient may end up waiting weeks or months for the operation. Medical emergencies may require immediate surgery. For planned or unplanned surgeries, the patient experience is often interrupted by being under anesthesia. Anesthesia allows the patient to go through a procedure without feeling pain.  However, the patient…

How Can I Check My Doctor’s Malpractice History?

You may have every confidence in your doctor. However, after something goes wrong and you are injured by a medical error, your opinion may change. After filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you may be shocked to learn that your doctor has been the subject of dozens of medical malpractice lawsuits for injuries…

Can You Sue for Birth Defects After Genetic Testing?

Genetic counseling for pregnant women can help get more information about genetic conditions in the parents and the fetus. A pregnant woman can find out more about possible genetic birth defects to make family decisions. However, if a genetic counselor makes a mistake, it can leave a pregnant woman without the information…

Do Doctors Hide Mistakes?

Doctors make mistakes all the time. In some cases, those mistakes are minor and no one is injured. However, some medical mistakes can lead to serious health consequences, including serious injury, disability, or death. What happens next can depend on whether the doctor admits to the mistake or denies everything.  The healthcare…

Botched Facelift Procedures and Medical Malpractice

Getting a face-lift is a common cosmetic surgical procedure for people getting into their 50s, 60s, or 70s. A facelift can reduce sagging skin and smooth the contours along the jawline and cheekbones. Facelifts are increasingly common among men as well.  Unfortunately, not all plastic surgery is as good as it should…

What Happens if There Are Medical Documentation Errors?

Your medical record documents your medical care, treatment plan, and observations. Your health record is incredibly important in communicating your care in the hospital. Problems in your medical chart can mean problems with your medical care.  Medical documentation errors can result in wrong treatment, wrong medication, and even wrong surgery errors. Fortunately…

How Often Do Doctors Get a Diagnosis Wrong?

A diagnosis is the identification of a medical illness or condition that is made based on an examination of the patient. Making a diagnosis is one of the most important roles provided by doctors. Doctors often need to make a diagnosis before they can begin to explore treatment options.  Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is…

Preventing Medical Errors During Delivery

During the months of pregnancy, parents-to-be are often thinking about how they will care for their child to give them the best life possible. The last stage of pregnancy is delivery, and parents understand how important it is for their child’s health. If a doctor makes a mistake during delivery, it can…

Spinal Fusion Implant Malpractice

The spine is among the most important structures in the human body. It is literally the backbone of a person, and is responsible for protecting the spinal cord as well as providing stability and structure. Patients with bone and spine disorders can benefit from spinal implant surgery to strengthen and stabilize the…

Are Medical Malpractice Cases Hard to Win?

Medical malpractice lawsuits have the same burden of proof as other civil lawsuits. The injury victim has to show that “by a preponderance of the evidence,” they meet the elements of the claim. This means it is more likely than not (more than 50%) that elements of a malpractice case have been…

How to Find a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Chicago

After a medical injury in a Chicago Hospital, the injury victim may not know where to turn. The hospital may be avoiding your calls and the doctor may try and blame the mistake on something you did. At this time, you need help from a professional. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can…

What Are the Most Common Reasons Patients Sue Their Doctors?

Healthcare patients don’t just sue doctors on a whim. There are generally very good reasons for when a patient goes through the process of filing a lawsuit against their healthcare provider. Among the most common reasons are lawsuits filed because of medical malpractice.  There are tens of thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits…

How Common Are Surgical Mistakes?

Surgery can be a major medical intervention. Most patients don’t undergo surgery without giving it serious thought. In most cases, patients will undergo surgery after carefully considering the risks and benefits. There are still risks associated with surgery, even for the best surgical teams in the country. However, errors can occur that…

The Basics of Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Law

Every state has different medical malpractice laws. It may not seem fair but your legal options can depend on the location where your hospital or doctor is located after a medical injury. State laws can impact the medical malpractice lawsuit process, timelines to file a case, and the amount of money you…

Can I Get Compensation for Emotional Distress?

A medical injury caused by negligent medical care can be traumatizing. Some medical malpractice accidents result in permanent scarring, loss of function, or disability. For the rest of the patient’s life, they have to live with the painful memories of being permanently injured because a doctor didn’t follow the rules.  Emotional distress,…

Medical Malpractice and Breast Implant Surgery

Breast implants are one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. Some people want breast implants to give them more self-confidence, balance their figure, or adjust the size of their breasts after pregnancy. Many people are happy with the outcome but not all breast implant surgeries go as…

What Elements of Malpractice Are Hardest to Prove?

There are four basic elements of a medical malpractice case. To win compensation for a medical injury, the plaintiff has to prove each element of the claim. Even if you think you have a strong case, it is important for you to address each element of medical malpractice or you could have…

Can You Sue a Nursing Home for Restraint Injuries?

When an older parent or family member can no longer care for themselves at their own home, they may need to be placed in a residential facility. It can be a difficult decision for family members when they have to displace an older person from their home and belongings. However, it may…

Is There a Cap on Birth Injury Damages in Chicago?

A birth injury can be devastating for parents. After waiting months for your new baby to arrive, you may discover the child was injured during delivery or something went wrong during the pregnancy. When a child’s birth injury was caused by medical negligence, the parents can recover damages to help pay for…

What Are Signs of a Birth Injury?

Many parents experience issues with the hospital during the birth of their child. The problems are not always obvious, sometimes it could be a doctor or OB/GYN who seems stressed or rushed. Sometimes it could be a nurse speaking quietly to the doctor but not sharing information with the parents. Unfortunately, most…

Artificial Pacemaker Medical Malpractice

Millions of people across the world have a pacemaker implanted as a way to repair damaged hearts. A successful pacemaker implant can prolong a quality of life for years to come. Pacemakers can be for people with congenital heart defects, heart disease, or other heart problems.  Most pacemaker surgeries are successful but…

What Evidence Do You Need for Medical Malpractice?

When you file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you are responsible for proving to the court that the doctor or hospital committed malpractice. This includes showing evidence that supports your case, that the doctor did something wrong that caused your injuries. It is important to know what kind of evidence you need to…

What Are Examples of Medical Errors?

You may hear the term “medical malpractice” on TV and in movies and generally understand what it is. However, until you have experienced a serious malpractice incident that causes serious injury and suffering, it is shocking to find out how common the problem is. Thousands of incidents of medical errors happen every…

Did I Get Sepsis Because of an Infection in a Hospital?

Most people don’t like spending any more time in a hospital than is absolutely necessary. Some people even forgo getting medical treatment because of their concerns about being in the hospital. Even though hospitals are supposed to have strict cleaning protocols, sterilization procedures are not always followed. A healthy patient could walk…

How to Obtain Copies of Your Medical Record

As a patient, you have the right to access your own medical records. Your medical records can be important in a medical malpractice lawsuit to show which doctors and staff were involved in your treatment and identify any suspicious treatment notes. Unfortunately, doctors and hospitals can make it difficult to get your…

Medical Malpractice and Hip Implants

A hip implant is a major surgery but it can bring welcome relief to people suffering from hip pain from arthritis. A serious and invasive surgery like hip implants can have complications, including some of the risks associated with any major surgery. However, doctors can also make mistakes before, during, and after…

Calculating Lost Wages From Medical Malpractice

After a serious injury, you may not be able to work for weeks or months. In some cases, your injuries may be so severe that you will not be able to return to work. If your injuries were caused by a medical error, the doctors involved should be held accountable for your…

Medical Malpractice and Veterans Affairs

After service to the country, veterans deserve respect and proper care for their sacrifices. Unfortunately, many veterans find that the government seems to forget about them after their service, especially for veterans in need. Medical care at VA facilities can have problems just like any other hospital. Unfortunately, it may be more…

What Is Medical Malpractice Insurance?

Medical malpractice is professional negligence involving doctors, hospitals, and healthcare professionals. When a patient is injured by a doctor’s medical errors, the injury victim can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor involved in the medical accident. If a doctor is found liable, the doctor may have to pay for the…

Who Will Pay Out My Medical Malpractice Settlement?

After the pain and difficulty of a medical injury, you may want to speed up the process and receive your settlement so you can get back to your life. Unfortunately, the legal process for a medical malpractice lawsuit can take a long time. The medical provider or insurance company may make a…

How Long Will a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Take?

Real lawsuits are not like court dramas on TV where everything gets settled within an hour-long episode. A real civil lawsuit can take months or years. Even a minor car accident lawsuit can take a year or more. However, medical malpractice lawsuits can take even longer. It may be surprising but the…

How Can a Lawyer Help With Medical Liens?

When a patient suffers a serious injury caused by a medical error, they may still be worrying about who will pay the medical bills to fix the injury. It is unfortunate that cost has to be such a concern for injury victims who need care through no fault of their own. Even…

How to Appeal a Medical Malpractice Verdict

Medical malpractice cases can take a lot of time before they ever get to trial. Even though most medical malpractice lawsuits are settled before they get to trial, even getting a settlement can take 2 years or more. The injury victim may be relieved after years of waiting and a long trial…

How to Speed Up My Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical malpractice cases can take a long time. For the injury victim and their family, the time spent waiting around before they can get the money to pay for their injuries can be difficult. It may seem like nothing is happening for weeks or months before there are any updates. Unfortunately, a…

How to Find Out a Nursing Home’s Rating

One of the most difficult choices family members can make is selecting a nursing home for their loved ones. It is a difficult decision to put a loved one in a long-term care facility but it may be the only option. After an older parent is no longer able to care for…

How to Find Out a Hospital’s Rating

Many people just end up going to the hospital that is most convenient or nearest to where the patient lives. However, after getting poor treatment, being ignored by your doctor, or where you were suspicious of medical mistakes, you may be tempted to look elsewhere. How are you supposed to know which…

What to Do if Your Doctor Isn’t Listening to You

The modern healthcare experience can be frustrating. Patients often feel like they are an inconvenience to the hospital, doctors, and the insurance company. It shouldn’t be so hard to get decent medical care. Unfortunately, many patients just come to expect that they won’t get much one-on-one time with a doctor who will…

Can I Sue for Punitive Damages in My Medical Malpractice Case?

If a doctor makes a medical mistake that causes injury, the injury victim deserves to be compensated for their losses, including medical bills, lost income, and suffering for any unnecessary pain. However, what if a doctor was intentionally careless or lied about their medical errors? Shouldn’t the doctor be punished for their…

Can Errors on My Patient Record Lead to Medical Malpractice?

Making a spelling error in an email or writing down the wrong date for an appointment can be embarrassing but it usually doesn’t result in anything serious. However, errors on your patient record can have disastrous consequences. The wrong medical dosage, wrong patient information, or even the wrong site of a surgical…

Do Organ Transplant Errors Happen Often?

When a patient finds out they need an organ transplant, the clock begins ticking. It can take days, weeks, or months to find a matching donor organ. When the patient finally does finally get the call for transplant surgery, they can be so happy that they don’t consider the downsides.  If a…

Did My Doctor Misdiagnose Me Because I’m Obese?

Patients who are overweight often experience some form of “fat shaming” from healthcare providers. Even when a patient is otherwise healthy, their doctors may focus on the patient’s weight instead of addressing the patient’s actual concerns. Unfortunately for larger patients, obese patients can also be more likely to be misdiagnosed with medical…

What to Do About Wrong Site Surgery Errors

It may sound unbelievable that a doctor would take out a left healthy kidney instead of the bad right kidney. As a result, instead of one good kidney, the patient would be left with no good kidneys and require a kidney transplant even though they had a perfectly good kidney before the…

What Causes Doctors to Make Errors?

Making a mistake can be much more serious in some jobs than in others. If a pilot makes an error, it could increase the risk of a fatal crash. When a logging worker makes a mistake, it could be fatal to themselves or other logging workers. When a doctor makes a mistake,…

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for X-ray Overexposure

X-ray imaging revolutionized medicine by allowing doctors to look inside the human body from the outside. X-rays are still one of the most common imaging studies used in medicine, for everything from routine dental exams to identifying lung diseases. X-rays are extremely useful but they involve using powerful waves of radiation.  Too…

Can You Sue a Radiologist for Negligence?

Radiologists are doctors with specialized training in the area of radiology. Radiology involves medical imaging and diagnostic tests, including X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Radiologists interpret imaging results to help diagnose patients with a variety of medical conditions.  The role of a radiologist is very important because they…

What to Do About a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

A breast cancer diagnosis can be life-changing. Many patients who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not know what to do or how they will be able to cope. Cancer treatment has come a long way over the past decades. There are improved detection methods and treatment options. Make sure you talk…

When to Call a Lawyer For a Medical Malpractice Case

Making a phone call to a law firm can be difficult. You may still have a lot of questions before you decide to call a lawyer, including whether or not you actually have a case of medical malpractice. Many people never end up calling an attorney, even after they were injured by…

The Basics of Maryland Medical Malpractice Law

Medical malpractice laws are different in every state. If you want to know about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in your area, it is important to talk to an experienced medical malpractice attorney who understands your state and local laws. The trial attorneys at Gilman and Bedigian have years of experience dealing…

Can a Second Opinion Prevent Medical Malpractice?

Many of us have confidence in our doctors and health care providers that they are being open and honest with us. We trust their extensive education, training, and experience to understand our health conditions, treatment options, and when to refer the patient to a specialist. Unfortunately, some doctors are just plain wrong. …

Can You Sue a Pharmacist for Medical Malpractice?

By the time you end up at the pharmacy, you may have already seen the doctor and are picking up the medication that is supposed to help your condition and make things better. You would never expect that the medication could end up hurting you or making things worse. Even if your…

What is Doctor Burnout?

We can all get burnt out in our jobs. Especially after years of dealing with the same people, the same stress, and no relief in sight, it is easy to get worn out from work. Doctors are no different. Doctors often deal in high-stress and high-stakes situations. Few jobs involve life or…

Is Overtreatment Medical Malpractice?

Many people don’t think adding an extra treatment or two would be necessarily harmful. Sometimes, providing extra treatment is helpful or at least not damaging. However, given the extent of overprescribing, overdiagnosing, and providing unnecessary medical treatment, overtreatment can cause serious injury.  Medical care should not be about guessing what a patient…

Is Medical Malpractice a Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.?

Medical malpractice is a leading cause of death in the United States. Recent studies have shown that medical errors are accountable for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, just in the U.S. The exact number of malpractice deaths is difficult to track down because there is no mandatory reporting system in…

Suing for Kidney Dialysis Errors

Going through dialysis can be tough on the body. Some people continue to decline in health while undergoing kidney dialysis treatment. When some patients become ill or die during dialysis, it may seem like it is one of the risks of treatment. Kidney dialysis errors that injure or kill patients often go…

Can You Sue a Doctor in Civil and Criminal Court?

When a doctor makes a mistake that causes serious injury, it can be hard to believe that such things can happen without anything happening to the doctor. If you were injured by a medical error, it is up to you to take your case to court to get money for your injuries….

My Doctor Admitted to a Mistake. Now What?

Admitting to a mistake is rare in the medical community. Many doctors are worried that admitting to a mistake will mean they get sued for medical malpractice. However, in many cases, handling a medical injury by admitting to a mistake may be a way to avoid a lawsuit. When a doctor discloses…

Can Low Staffing Lead to Medical Malpractice?

Not enough staff is a common problem across many industries. As a consumer, it may take forever to get your server’s attention to ask for your bill or find an employee to answer your question in a home improvement store. However, when there are staffing problems in a medical facility, it can…

Signs of Medical Malpractice

It may be difficult to know if your injuries were caused by a medical mistake or if it was just a risk of surgery. However, there may be signs of medical malpractice. There can be some indication that your doctor was not following the proper medical standards or procedures in your care,…

How Long Will My Medical Malpractice Case Take to Settle?

Medical malpractice cases can be complex and end up taking years before a case could go to trial. Unfortunately, the best answer to the question, how long will my medical malpractice case settle? is…that depends. A simple medical malpractice claim with a limited demand for damages could settle in a few months….

Can You Sue an OB-GYN for Medical Malpractice?

Female patients often have regular visits with their OB/GYN for gynecological and obstetrical medical care. This can involve routine visits, pregnancy-related treatment, childbirth, and medical emergencies. The female reproductive system involves a number of different organs and processes. Proper OB-GYN care can make sure the female patients are healthy throughout their life. …

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