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What causes anesthesia errors during surgery?

The death of a high school principal in New Jersey made national headlines because of the situation's tragic nature. The principal had gone under the surgical knife so that he could donate his bone marrow to one of his students, potentially saving that student's life.

A lack of 'informed refusal' can be malpractice

You've probably heard that a physician or surgeon's failure to get a patient's informed consent before a procedure is grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit when something goes wrong with a treatment or procedure -- but what about times when a physician fails to get a patient's informed refusal?

Telemedicine and medical malpractice claims

Telemedicine is becoming an increasingly popular way for doctors to see and treat patients. It typically involves appointments via video conferencing. Telemedicine can help patients in areas without easy access to hospitals and other medical facilities get care. It allows patients to connect with specialists hundreds and even thousands of miles away. It's also useful when patients aren't able to drive because of their medical condition.

A Florida bill may reduce medical malpractice award amounts

A panel of Florida House lawmakers reintroduced a bill on March 13 aimed at capping damages in medical malpractice cases. A similar bill was initially proposed by lawmakers back in 2003 and later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2017.

Why do misdiagnoses occur, and how should they be handled?

Patients who are suffering from symptoms that their doctor has difficulty diagnosing may wonder if they've come down with a rare condition. Although instances in which a doctor is unable to diagnose a patient's symptoms don't happen all that often, there are two common reasons to explain why these types of events occur.

Why emergency room doctors are sued for malpractice the most

A study published by The Doctors Company in 2015 revealed that the types of physicians most apt to be sued were emergency room doctors. While one of the most frequent reasons that they ended up getting sued was because of their delayed diagnoses, there were some other themes that were commonplace when the insurer reviewed seven years' worth of its settled medical malpractice cases.

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