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When Product Recalls Happen Too Late: Injuries from Every Day Items

June 20, 2019

when product recalls happen too late

Product recalls happen as a result of consumer safety concerns not originally detected when the product was released, or because of an undetected malfunction that requires repair. But injuries or even death can occur when a product is recalled off the market too late.

Even if a product is for sale and being purchased by thousands or millions of consumers, it’s not necessarily safe. It could be a best-seller for a manufacturer, resulting in millions of dollars in profits, but it may not be safe.

Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Deaths & Injuries

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5 Ways a Nurse Consultant Can Help Your Case

June 11, 2019

5 ways nurse consultants can help your case

As an attorney, your expertise is in pursuing and winning legal cases, whether it’s medical malpractice, personal injury, or others. That’s why when cases involve a medical component, you need medical experts to assist you with building a winning case.

Nurse consultants guide attorneys through all the medical aspects of their case. This service, also known as concierge nursing, utilizes practicing nurses and/or nurse practitioners as expert witnesses in legal cases.

How do you know if your case could benefit from the help of a nurse consultant? Or should you turn to another type of expert? Let’s examine the ways a nurse consultant can help.

A nurse consultant can organize and interpret medical records and charts.

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Study Finds Misdiagnosis is Leading Cause of Pediatric Medical Malpractice

June 6, 2019

Leading cause of pediatric medical malpractice is misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis is more common than many people think, especially among pediatric patients. In a study that examined over 1,200 pediatric medical malpractice claims, the most common patient assessment issue was “failure to appreciate and reconcile relevant signs, symptoms and test results.”

The providers in the study failed to see the bigger clinical picture by looking at all available information (such as patient history, reported symptoms, a physical exam, and test results) to properly diagnose the patient.

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The Use of Thrombectomy in a Timely Diagnosis

May 15, 2019

The third most-common cardiovascular health threat is venous thromboembolism (VTE), or a blood clot in the leg that travels to the lungs. When diagnosed, it can be treated with surgical thrombectomy. But sometimes doctors don’t diagnose it in time to treat it with thrombectomy.

According to WorldThrombosisDay.org, “blood clots in the leg and lungs are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide, many of which could be avoided with proper diagnosis and treatment.”

Most VTE fatalities happen from a failure to diagnose, rather than a failure to treat it. When diagnosed in a sufficient amount of time, surgical thrombectomy is an adequate treatment to prevent long-term injury and death.

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Preventable Hospital Errors Causing Deadly Consequences

May 6, 2019

Hospital errors happen every day.

When a person is admitted into the hospital, they put their lives in the hands of medical professionals. Each of us trusts that the doctors, nurses, medical assistants, radiology technicians, and any other medical staff have our best interests at heart. But these professionals make mistakes.

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When a Delayed Diagnosis Leads to Permanent Damage

April 25, 2019

A delayed diagnosis can cause permanent damage.

Patients turn to physicians for proper diagnosis and treatment. They put their trust in medical staff to take the right steps, run the right tests, and make the right diagnosis. When a doctor fails to diagnose a condition it can lead to permanent damage and sometimes death.

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The Latest on Disease Outbreaks Across the U.S.

April 16, 2019

the latest on disease outbreaks

The state of Washington declared a state of emergency on January 25, 2019. The reason? Roughly 55 confirmed cases of measles just this year, most among children under age 10.

It’s not just Washington that’s been affected by this disease outbreak. 11 other states have seen incidences, as well. Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is tracking three disease outbreaks (measles specifically) across the country: in New York City, in New York state, and Washington state.

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When Hospital Acquired Infections Lead to Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

March 29, 2019

Hospital acquired infections and medical malpractice lawsuits

Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are common in the United States. One in 31 patients contracts a HAI every day. Not only can these infections delay a patient’s recovery, they can also increase the length (and expense) of the hospital stay, and even cause death.

Worst of all: hospital acquired infections are largely preventable.

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Types of Nursing Home Abuse in the U.S.

March 18, 2019

Learn types of nursing home abuse in the U.S.

Nursing home abuse stories are all over the national news. A Quincy nursing home is fined after mental abuse by a staffer. A troubled Raleigh nursing home faces new state and federal investigations.

And of course, the well-known and horrifying story of the long-term care facility patient who was raped, became pregnant, and gave birth.

How common is nursing home abuse in the United States? And what exactly do we mean when we say ‘nursing home abuse’? What are the different types of nursing home abuse?

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Maternal Mortality Rates & Medical Malpractice in the U.S.

March 8, 2019

maternal mortality rate in the U.S.

When you think of maternal mortality, what do you envision? A woman who hemorrhages during labor and dies shortly after? Or an undiagnosed infection that leads to sepsis and death weeks after giving birth?

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