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May 2015 Archives

Largest medical malpractice verdict ever awarded in Rhode Island

Unless or until people are personally affected by a preventable medical injury, it can be difficult for them to fully appreciate the impact that such an incident can have. Medical malpractice victims and their families can face immediate and long-term financial difficulties as a result of issues like excessive medical expenses and loss of income. Beyond that, the emotional toll of these types of injuries can be profound as well. It is for that reason that medical malpractice financial awards often account for multiple types of damages.

The disturbing link between surgery mistakes and distractions

As people’s every day routines and lifestyles continue to be impacted by the increasing use of mobile phones and other devices, more concerns are being raised over user distraction and accident rates. For instance, it is now widely understood that issues relating to cell phone use and distracted driving can have catastrophic consequences for motorists. Similar concerns are being raised by patient advocates and members of the medical industry, and revolve around distractions that occur in the operating room.

Recognizing heart attack symptoms and misdiagnosis concerns

Rhode Island cardiologists, emergency room doctors and other medical professionals are trained to promptly and accurately identify the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. After all, they understand that the nature and severity of heart attack symptoms can vary from case to case, and that a number of tests are available to confirm a heart attack diagnosis. If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack and were not properly diagnosed or treated, it is important to understand that your worsened medical condition may have been prevented. That is why the attorneys at DeLuca & Weizenbaum are committed to advocating on behalf of our clients and medical misdiagnosis victims.

Understanding central line-associated bloodstream infections

When patients in Rhode Island go into emergency departments, doctors’ offices or other medical facilities, they rarely expect to develop worsened conditions due to doctor errors or negligence. In health care facilities of all kinds, central-line associated bloodstream infections, or CLASBIs, are a common issue. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there are anywhere between 84,551 and 203,916 central line-associated bloodstream infections each year. These often develop in addition to the conditions that patients were initially being treated for, and commonly result in worsened conditions and, in some cases, even death.

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