I recently had a new client come into the office who was suffering from several significant medical issues. The cause of these issues was the medication he was taking. Unbeknownst to him when his prescription for acid reflux was filled by the pharmacist he was given the wrong medication.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal focused on “how to stop hospitals from killing us”, the author, a surgeon at John Hopkins Hospital and a frequent writer on physician accountability, and highlighted a number of troubling statistics. While the Institute of Medicine’s estimate that 98,000 deaths occur annually from medical errors in the United States is well publicized, here are some statistics that you may not have heard.
Back pain and back injuries are common workplace occurrences. When conservative treatment fails, epidural shots are a common tool used to treat back pain. In recent weeks, there has been an outbreak of fungal meningitis related to tainted epidural shots.
Stryker Orthopedics has issued a recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stem hip replacement systems. This hip system has been in use since approximately 2009 and was reportedly promoted by Stryker’s sales representatives as enabling surgeons to better customize the implant for any given patient, and as having a better and longer-lasting fit.
One of the more difficult things that personal injury attorneys have to do is to explain to the family of someone who has died as a result of the negligence of another, how New Jersey law values their loss. Imagine that a loved one – a mother, father, child or spouse – has died as a result of an automobile accident or medical mistake.
Auto insurance coverage can be confusing and complex. Few people take the time to look at your auto insurance policies to determine whether they have the proper coverage. Even less people understand what the various types of coverages mean. Auto insurance policies can be confusing and difficult to understand. I will try to make it easier for you to understand the various types of coverages on a standard auto insurance policy.
Prescription errors by pharmacies are a wide spread problem. Many pharmacies employ non-pharmacist assistants to actually fill the prescriptions. While these assistants are required to be under the supervision of the licensed pharmacists who are physically present at the pharmacy, the high volume of prescriptions that are filled at many pharmacies sometimes makes the supervision spotty.
Two recent studies have documented that preventable medical errors continue to cause serious injuries and deaths in our nation’s hospitals. A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that from 2002 to 2007 in ten North Carolina hospitals the frequency of incidents causing harm to patients did not go down. The study concludes that the failure to reduce the rate of medical errors is due to the continuing failure to adopt procedures which would prevent such errors. The study also concludes that the rate of injuries and deaths caused by medical mistakes is probably under-reported by the medical profession because such reporting is voluntary.
The advent of cool cap therapy to treat perinatal hypoxia has not only improved the chances of infants who experienced perinatal asphyxia surviving without major, permanent brain injuries, but it has also leveled the legal playing field for those infants who are not so fortunate as to escape permanent brain injuries.
Reuters Health news service reported on November 5, 2010 on a new study conducted by the University of Michigan which shows that self-employed urologists were twice as likely to order imaging tests as employed urologists who received a flat salary. The self-employed doctors stood to make more money by ordering more tests. The physicians who received a flat salary were not influenced by a profit motive in their decision to order tests.