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November 2013 Archives

Jury finds hospital accountable for little boy's disability

Cerebral palsy is a motor condition that in the vast majority of cases is caused by injuries suffered by a child during pregnancy or birth. The condition may not be diagnosed for months or even years, but most children are diagnosed at a young age. The types of brain injury that lead to cerebral palsy occur under a variety of circumstances, and it is important that parents of children with cerebral palsy understand what led to the disability.

Pennsylvania law aims to protect doctors who apologize for errors

Medical mistakes often have painful and lifelong consequences for injured patients, and many doctors are undoubtedly saddened by adverse medical outcomes. Still, hospitals and doctors have to be held accountable when a surgical mistake, medication error or failure to diagnose leads to patient injury or death.

Breaking the culture of silence in medical communities

Medical errors are, unfortunately, far from uncommon in hospitals today. In fact, a recent study found that doctor errors are responsible for over 400,000 deaths in America's hospitals each year, making them the third most common killer of Americans today. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths.

Watchdog group reports over 770 objects left in surgical patients

In a recent report, the medical watchdog group The Joint Commission says that over 770 foreign objects have been left behind in American patients in recent years. The numbers are surprising, given the serious possible consequences of an object left behind, and the obvious ease with which such a problem could be prevented.

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