Ordinarily, if a hospital, nurse or doctor commits a grave act of negligence that seriously injures you or kills your loved one, you can sue for malpractice.
Cancer is one of the most common health problems people can face. According to government statistics, more than 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer each year, and more than 600,000 will die.
If you're 40 or older, you probably remember a time when every doctor's office had shelves of paper files that contained the important medical records of each patient who passed through the doors. Somewhere along the line, that changed. It gradually became the norm to keep patient records on computerized files.
Many personal injury attorneys say that there's a perception that medical malpractice cases are overblown. That perception sometimes affects the way that a jury sees a case.
If you don't have medical insurance at all -- or, perhaps, have medical insurance that's provided through a government assistance program like Medicaid -- do you get subpar treatment when you see a doctor or end up in the emergency room of the local hospital?
It's frustrating -- even infuriating -- to find out that your doctor botched a diagnosis. Maybe you came in complaining of pain, and your doctor (wrongly) assured you it was nothing to be concerned about. Maybe your doctor gave you a diagnosis that just turned out to be way off the mark. Either way, you've certainly got a good reason to be upset.
Almost every hospital, clinic and doctor's office now relies on electronic medical records to keep track of their patient's medical histories. For many patients, this could be a nightmare.
Doctors who have committed serious medical mistakes have discovered a way to skirt around the controls that state medical boards try to exert over them. Instead of letting a state medical board take their license to practice, they surrender it instead -- and then go to another state to practice, their troubled histories hidden from their patients.
By now, you might probably think that everybody -- especially medical providers -- should understand that hand-washing is the best way to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
Could over 6,000 prisoners in Louisiana be suffering from medical negligence? According to a lawsuit that's reached federal court, that's exactly what's been happening for a number of years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.