Medical Malpractice

The Importance of Informed Consent

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A medical professional is not supposed to perform any medical procedure, prescribe any medication, or administer any other treatment without the informed consent of a patient or their legal representative. Doing otherwise may not only be unethical, but also illegal, and can risk major harm to the patient. But what is informed consent and why is it such an important part of medical practice?

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DVT May Result in Death If Left Untreated

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Complications from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) affect approximately one hundred thousand people each year. According to the Mayo Clinic, DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in the vein.  Most commonly, this occurs in the lower extremities of the body, such as the legs. DVT can be easily prevented and when diagnosed in a timely manner, it may have less severe consequences.  However, if left untreated, DVT may have serious effects on a patient, which include death.  

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Medical Errors are Common When Diagnosing Skin Cancer

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Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. In the United States, there are more than 3 million people diagnosed with skin cancer each year.  Skin cancer is the mutation of cells beneath the skin that is often highly aggressive.  These highly aggressive mutations grow out of control and form cancerous cells.  If left untreated, skin cancer can metastasize or spread to the bones, organs, and other parts of the body, resulting in fatal consequences.  Skin cancer comes in the form of lesions and tumors.  Types of skin cancers include:

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Medical Errors Can Result In a Patient Falling into a Coma

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In the United States, there are more than one million people that fall into a coma each year.  A coma is a medical condition where a person is unconscious.  The duration of a coma varies between patients. However, when a coma lasts longer than a few weeks, it is likely that the patient will not recover and may remain in this vegetative state.  While a coma may occur as a result of an unexpected accident or terminal illness, it may also occur as a result of medical negligence.  

 

Common errors that may result in a patient falling into a coma include the following:

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The United States Named the Most Dangerous Developed Nation for Childbirth

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In 2015 in the United States alone, there were 3,978,497 child births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, many of these births did not go as planned. According to a long-term study produced by USA Today, approximately 50,000 women suffer severe injuries during childbirth each year, while 700 of these cases are fatal. The study named the United States as the most dangerous developed nation for childbirth, which has been attributed to the lack of care in our nation’s hospitals.

 

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Make Sure You Do Not Fall Victim to a Pathology Error

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A pathologist is a medical professional responsible for examining bodily fluids and tissue in order to assist in diagnosing a patient that is experiencing certain signs and symptoms of a medical condition. A pathologist will use laboratory tests and equipment to assist with the process of diagnosing serious or sometimes life-threatening illnesses. For this reason, a pathology error can have serious consequences for a patient.

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Governor Cuomo Signs Lavern’s Law

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As of February 2, 2018, Lavern’s Law has officially become a New York State law. Lavern’s Law had been debated since 2013, when Lavern Wilkinson succumbed to her illness as a result of her doctor’s misdiagnosing her. Wilkinson died at age 41 of a type of cancer that could have been cured had her doctors recognized and treated it sooner.

 

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New York’s Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases

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It is devastating to have a medical condition that is made worse at the hands of an incompetent doctor.  If such a case arises, a patient can bring a suit against the doctor for malpractice for the injuries they caused.  However, patients must be aware that New York imposes strict time limits on medical malpractice cases called statutes of limitation.  Therefore, it is important to consult with an attorney as quickly as possible after the malpractice arose.

 

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Teenager Dies Following Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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Recently, a family experienced the tragedy of losing their healthy 17 year old daughter resulting from complications following a routine wisdom teeth extraction.  The procedure was nearly completed when suddenly, the teen went into cardiac arrest.  Although she was transferred to a children’s hospital, she suffered seizures and swelling in the brain.  After surgery to reduce the swelling was unsuccessful, the teen passed away. 

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Medical Malpractice: Understanding Misdiagnosis

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Each year, an estimated 5 percent of Americans are misdiagnosed by their physicians. The seemingly trivial 5 percent mark translates into over 12 million misdiagnosed individuals annually. Misdiagnosis can lead to serious prolonged medical problems, financial hardship or even death.

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