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Top ten causes of medical malpractice

It was not so long ago that talk show host David Letterman devoted a couple of minutes each night to a Top Ten list in which a politician, celebrity or a bad idea got lampooned. A recent list of the Top Ten causes of medical malpractice lawsuits is entirely serious, however.

Should you pursue a negligence claim for a hospital fall?

During their hospital stay, as many as 20 percent of all patients in our country fall at least once, according to data collected by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In fact, more data from the collaborative health care organization Premier Inc. indicates that hospital falls comprise the largest category of reported incidents.

Misdiagnosis verdict upheld

One of the reasons West Virginia doctors give their patients for annual check-ups is that yearly physicals help physicians spot illnesses and conditions and begin early treatment. Of course, the positive benefits of early treatment are dependent on an accurate diagnosis.

Little boy, parents prevail in medical malpractice case

There is no price that can be put on the damage done to a little boy at his birth a little more than 3 years ago. Deprived of oxygen, he suffered irreversible brain damage, experts say, and his life expectancy has been shortened to just another 9 to 12 years, the federal judge in the medical malpractice case said.

Family fights medical malpractice caps

He was a kind, easygoing 16-year-old who "always did what he was supposed to be doing," his mother says. These days, things are not going easily for T.J. Denham, now 20. Instead of attending college or starting a career, he lives at home with his parents, unable to walk, swallow food or speak.

Out of prison, former surgeon faces medical malpractice suits

While many prisoners celebrate the day they walk out of captivity, one former orthopedist might find life outside prison walls tougher than it was behind bars. He faces more than 200 medical malpractice lawsuits, according to recent news media reports.

Study: Medical malpractice claims on the decline

Another dubious health industry claim has been shot down by research. This time, researchers looked at data spanning the period 1992 to 2014 and determined that paid medical malpractice claims are on the decline in the United States, rather than on the rise as hospitals, doctors and some politicians might want you to believe.

Differing approaches to medical errors

Two stories of medical malpractice start with similar circumstances but quickly go their separate ways. In one case, a nursing professor entered a hospital for a routine hysterectomy. Unfortunately, medical errors occurred that left her in a coma for weeks and required her to undergo five additional surgeries.

A frivolous argument against medical malpractice litigation

It's a popular and familiar refrain in political battles, but is it an accurate one? The oft-repeated refrain is that "frivolous" medical malpractice lawsuits are driving the costs of health care higher and higher.

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