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 [...]

Medical Malpractice Alleged in Death of 85 Year Old Nursing Home Patient

The family of Esther Gray is suing ManorCare Health Services-Woodbridge Valley in Catonsville for medical malpractice, claiming their neglect led to the death of the 85 year old patient. In a video that can be described as both heartbreaking and horrifying, Esther Gray is seen and heard moaning and crying out for help while her [...]

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 [...]

New York to Change Laws Regarding Medical Misconduct for Unproven Disease

An article published in Slate on December 9, 2014 discussed pending changes to New York’s laws regarding medical misconduct. The author writes that: “In May and June, the two houses of the New York State Legislature unanimously passed a bill prohibiting the state’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct—the agency that disciplines doctors who put their [...]

Defective Medical Devices: Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is used to help women suffering from a prolapsed uterus and/or stress urinary incontinence. These conditions often develop after a woman has given birth, but may also occur after menopause or after a hysterectomy, as well as after certain kinds of trauma. The material is the same that is used to correct [...]

Understanding Defective Medical Devices and Medication

Manufacturers of medical devises can be responsible for harm caused by their products. There are a large percentage of medical malpractice cases, which don’t primarily target healthcare professionals. Those cases usually involve a defective medical device or a dangerous drugs. It is important to note, however, that a product or pill’s failure to work doesn’t [...]

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