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October 2012 Archives

Pharmaceutical error in meningitis outbreak signals future lawsuits

It's hard to miss the headlines about the deadly meningitis outbreak. More details continue to unfold about the pharmacy that issued the tainted steroids and the death toll is also rising. The story affects New Yorks and patients across the country. Twenty-three people are now dead and over 300 are sick with the strain of fungal meningitis from the steroids.

New York case questions whether an affair counts as medical malpractice

Medical malpractice as we know it happens when a medical professional acts in a negligent manner and the negligence causes harm to a patient. Common instances of negligence include mistakes during treatment or surgery or failure to diagnose an illness. An injured patient may be able to recover damages in a medical malpractice claim against a doctor if the doctor strayed from the accepted standards of care and this deviation caused the injury. But just what is the extent of medical malpractice?

Medical errors following surgery is cause for concern

For Queens patients and their family members, surgery is scary enough. Surgical procedures carry any number of risks. But perhaps patients should also consider the incidence of doctor error after the surgery is finished. A recent study, although completed outside the United States, indicates that patients can expect four to five procedural mistakes during the course of recovering from surgery.

Common surgeon mistake: leaving sponges inside patients

As a nurse herself, one woman never imagined that she would be the victim of a surgical mistake. But four years after a hysterectomy, a painful stomachache led to a CT scan that showed a sponge left inside her abdomen. An immediate surgery removed the sponge.

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