Back in the 1980s, there was a widespread belief that medical malpractice claims were out of control. People bought into the notion that attorneys handling such claims were just ambulance chasers looking to make a quick dollar off of the newly bereaved.
If you spend a little time, it isn't hard to turn up story after story of medical mistakes with serious consequences, especially missed or mistaken diagnoses.
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.
Florida has been reeling in recent months over the revelations about flaws in the medical system that have allowed disreputable plastic surgeons to operate -- and keep on operating long after they should have been stopped.
When you're sick, you rely on your medical providers to give you the best possible care -- and you expect them to be attentive to your condition and needs.
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 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 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.
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.
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.