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October 2012 Archives

Medical malpractice insurance may not cover every medical injury

Most doctors and physicians in Rhode Island and around the country fully understand the medical liability risks their practice presents, but there are events that can occur that will not fall under the general definition of medical malpractice, and thus may not be covered under ordinary malpractice insurance. Take for example a case recently discussed in an industry publication where a family sued a hospital and several of its staff members claiming medical negligence after their newborn child suffered a brain injury due to a case of jaundice that went untreated.

Rhode Island among states hit by meningitis outbreak

The media has been ablaze of late with news of the ongoing meningitis outbreak spreading across the nation with as many as 16 states affected thus far, including Rhode Island. The outbreak has been traced to a drug compounding pharmacy called New England Compounding Center, and the latest reports claim as many as 300 cases have been reported with almost two dozen deaths associated with the product so far. The problem has already produced a number of lawsuits, including product liability, pharmacy negligence and even two medical malpractice claims filed against clinics that administered the contaminated drugs to two patients.

Study: post-surgical medical mistakes more common than you think

Rhode Island residents who have undergone surgery or know someone who has may be interested in this latest study which claims that post-op patients recovering from surgery should expect upwards of four or five medical procedural mistakes during their hospital recovery. And even more alarming - half of the mistakes have the potential to cause them serious harm. Although the study was not conducted in the United States, one U.S. doctor who specializes in patient safety said the study's findings are symbolic of what transpires in teaching hospitals in the U.S.

Proper care during delivery can prevent Erb's Palsy birth injury

Erb's Palsy is a common birth injury a child can sustain which can be avoided with proper medical care and treatment during the delivery. Erb's Palsy or brachial plexus dystocia is an injury caused by trauma to the brachial plexus, which involves damage to the nerve tissue of the baby's upper arms and shoulders. It is completely avoidable if the medical staff identifies complications that arise during delivery and take the necessary steps to avoid harming the baby during the childbirth process.

Obama Administration Proposing a Plan to Check Medical Errors

Injuries and fatalities resulting from medical negligence are both preventable and unacceptable. The consequences of medical malpractice can be devastating, especially considering that malpractice is characterized by failure to administer a level of care that physicians are fully capable of employing.

Inappropriate Use of Popular Antibiotic Causes Serious Illness

Antibiotics, if administered correctly, save lives. However they can be hazardous and life-threatening if prescribed incorrectly. For example, inappropriately prescribed fluoroquinolones, a common class of antibiotics, were the cause of roughly 2,000 personal injury lawsuits in the U.S. last year. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections (some more serious than others), but due to various risk factors, they shouldn't be prescribed for illnesses that don't require this kind of medical intervention.

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