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Medical Malpractice Archives

Medical malpractice and painkiller prescriptions

The growing number of lawsuits generated by the opioid epidemic are clear evidence that the problem is out of control. Recently, a number of these lawsuits have included prominent pain doctors. These doctors helped expand the use of addictive opioids in the treatment of pain. In some cases, they profited directly or indirectly from the makers of these dangerous drugs, including Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Health Solutions and Allergan.

How ER pharmacists can help reduce medication errors

Medication errors are among the most prevalent types of medical malpractice. Wrong dosages, mistaken prescriptions, overlooked drug interactions or missed contraindications - all can lead to serious harm. And these mistakes frequently happen in emergency rooms and hospitals, where staff members are stretched thin.

Picking the safest hospital

Until recently, patients looking for medical care had little reason to choose one hospital over another. Distance was likely the number one factor in deciding where to go for care. The medical field is not well known for sharing information about its safety record or results.

Doctors play a role in reducing opioid addiction

Opioid addiction is a rampant problem nationwide. More than two million people are addicted to these powerful painkillers, and more than 25,000 people die from overdoses each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's a major public health issue with complex ramifications.

Cerebral palsy: Making sense of a devastating diagnosis

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy is devastating for parents and children alike. It can mean a lifetime of intensive medical care and therapy. It can mean day-to-day struggles with basic mobility and cognitive development. It can even mean long-term residence in a professional care facility.

Labor and delivery complications: What can go wrong

Childbirth is one of life's most exciting milestones. Of course, it's also a major medical event. Even with normal pregnancies, complications can arise at any time during labor and delivery, requiring swift intervention to protect both mother and baby.

What contributes to medical mistakes?

Our system of medical care isn't perfect. Yet that's no excuse for the untold medical errors that harm innocent patients every year. In fact, according to researchers at John Hopkins, medical malpractice is surpassed only by heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death among Americans.

How one patient paid the ultimate price for hospital negligence

Undergoing surgery is nerve-wracking for any patient, even when it's a relatively minor procedure. So many things can go wrong. Ultimately, we have to trust that the surgeon and hospital staff will take extremely good care of us - and most of the time, they do.

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