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Nathaniel Fick

Time for a Second Opinion: Everybody Makes Mistakes, Even Doctors

Nobody’s perfect, not even doctors and other medical professionals. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Medical malpractice occurs when a provider deviates from a recognized […]

Courtney Mills

Pain Pumps Risk Joint Injury, Chondrolysis in Patients

Drug delivery via a pain pump allows chronic pain patients to receive measured doses of pain medication through a catheter directly to the area surrounding the spinal cord or surgical site. Pain pump drug delivery utilizes a small pump surgically implanted under the skin near the abdomen to control chronic pain symptoms in patients who have already tried unsuccessfully to control pain with other…

Courtney Mills

FDA Takes Action against Unapproved Hydrocodone Product Marketing

Federal regulators took the extraordinary step of announcing enforcement action against companies marketing unapproved prescription drug products containing hydrocodone, a widely abused opioid used primarily in concert with analgesics and over-the-counter cough suppressants.The government has taken this action in the face of widespread popular abuse of hydrocodone formulations, as serious drug…

Steve Silverman

Sepsis: A Potentially Lethal Complication of Bacterial Infection

One of the most dangerous risks of contracting a serious bacterial infection is that the patient may develop sepsis–an overreaction by the immune system causing destructive inflammation throughout the body, often leading to heart and other organ failure and death. Even the best hospital intensive care units may be helpless to save patients stricken by severe sepsis. According to a 2003 study by…

Steve Silverman

Medication Errors: A Form of Medical Malpractice

According to a recent industry study from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, medication errors are among the most common medical errors, harming at least 1.5 million people every year. The extra medical costs of treating drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals alone conservatively amount to $3.5 billion a year, and this estimate does not take into account lost wages and…

Steve Silverman

Inexperienced Gastric Bypass Surgeons: Anticipated Spike in Litigation Claims

With thousands of obese Americans opting for gastric bypass surgery (bariatric surgery) a growing collection of research suggests that this increasingly popular operation can have a hidden risk: inexperienced surgeons. According to physicians who have tracked the results of their cases, patients of surgeons who have done fewer than 70-100 operations have complications more often and a greater…

Jamison white

Medical Device Sales Representatives in the Operating Room: Source of Potential Litigation

In 1997, a 30-year-old woman died following a routine ambulatory surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids. During the procedure, a new device was being utilized by the medical staff with the manufacturer’s representative present in the operating room. The new device delivered 9000 milliliters of saline to the patient, with only 1,100 milliliters of output. The consequences were fatal and…

Steve Silverman

Contributory Negligence Doctrine Bars Many Maryland Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury law in Maryland is vastly different then other states due to the Doctrine of Contributory Negligence. Contributory negligence means that if a person is found to be 1% or more at fault, that person is 100% barred from making any recovery. For example, if you are the victim of a rear end collision and the judge or jury finds you contributed to the accident by stopping too quickly,…

Staff Writer

Kennedy Gives Speech Opposing Medical Malpractice Legislation

According to the Democratic Daily, on Monday Senator Kennedy gave an excellent speech outlining his opposition to medical malpractice reform. This opened “health week” in which the GOP is pushing tort reform. While the Senate defeated two bills to cap damages in medical malpractice cases, Republicans hope the proposals at least won support from conservative voters.The senator’s speech pointed…