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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ENDANGERS LIVES

As a patient, you should be able to trust your medical professional. When you are sick, you are vulnerable and you expect your doctor to take time to listen to your symptoms, formulate a plan to figure out what is wrong and to ultimately make a correct diagnosis so you can be treated quickly and […]

HOW CAN THE USA BE THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE TO GIVE BIRTH IN THE DEVELOPED WORLD?

A recent investigation by USA Today reported that out of all of the developed countries in the world, the United States ranks highest for maternal death during childbirth. The report shines a bright light on the staggering statistics of maternal death or serious injury that occur because hospitals across the country are deliberately choosing to […]

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE RISKS IN COMMUNICATION FAILURES

When information falls through the cracks, diagnoses are missed, treatment is compromised and patients are harmed. Errors often occur because information is not recorded, misdirected, never received, never retrieved or ignored. For example, when I ask a doctor if they review nurses notes the typical response is sometimes or rarely. I recently had a doctor […]

Medical Malpractice: Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Anyone who does medical malpractice litigation has heard the following: “If it’s not documented in the medical record, it was not done.” The omission of critical facts can be a significant finding that supports liability. Although there is really little to prevent a health care provider from testifying that an omitted fact from the record […]

The Truth Is No Longer In The Medical Records

Once upon a time. . . we relied upon the medical record to tell us the non-fiction version of what happened to our clients. Then along came electronic medical records and non-fiction is no longer fact. The medical record is supposed to be a systematic documentation of the medical care across a defined period of […]