Could You Develop Alzheimer’s as a Result of Medical Malpractice?

For years, scientists and doctors have studied Alzheimer’s as a (sometimes genetic) condition affecting the brain. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease with no cure and no way to determine whether or not a person will develop it, unless it is one of the rare genetic forms. A person with [...]

Shortcuts with Electronic Health Records (EHRs) May Be Injuring Patients

When we think of medical malpractice, we think first of errors made by doctors – an incorrect test reading here, a nicked artery during surgery there. But according to Medscape, it is the way in which an electronic health record (EHR) is filled out that leads to errors. The EHR has replaced the old-fashioned, hand-written [...]

Are Electronic Health Records to Blame for Medical Malpractice?

The country’s largest medical malpractice insurer is called The Doctors Company, and they have released new data indicating that electronic health records, or EHRs, are becoming increasingly common in medical malpractice claims. In fact, they say that claims involving EHR errors or problems have essentially doubled over the last year. These errors are affecting patients’ [...]

American Medical Association Wants to Delay Electronic Prescription Law

A measure was passed in New York that would eliminate handwritten prescriptions completely and significantly curtail phone-based orders. The expansion of the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP) law would go into effect on March 27, 2015, and is the first of its kind in the country. Now, the American Medical Association (AMA) is [...]

Malpractice Is Not Always Reported to the Proper Authorities

We wrote about an abortion practitioner named Steve Brigham back in October, 2014. Brigham had his license to practice pulled after multiple complaints about his practice and his facilities came to light. Now a new story has come about regarding a 2013 case involving abortionist Dr. Timothy Liveright of Delaware. Liveright surrendered his license after [...]

Maryland’s Court of Appeals Upholds Immunity for Doctors When Patients Are Denied Admittance

We recently spoke about a case regarding a man named Charles Williams who suffered an apparent mental break, which led to his being shot to death by police officers. On November 21, 2014, the Court of Appeals ruled that “Health care providers are immune from liability both when they evaluate and involuntarily admit an individual [...]

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