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In July of 2014 we blogged about an announcement claiming preventable medical errors to be the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, this startling finding was just replicated by another more recent study through Johns Hopkins. Authors Martin Makary & Michael Daniel published an article in The BMJ with findings that preventable medical mistakes are (still) the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States.
The study’s authors claim that keeping track of these mistakes is so difficult because there is no spot to formally and legally record “medical mistake” as an official cause of death on autopsies and death certificates. For this reason, the researchers argue that better and more effective reporting is necessary after medical errors result in fatalities. Better reporting may lead to the development of better communication practices and medical care in facilities where preventable medical errors are frequently occurring.
Currently, on death certificates throughout the country, a code is attributed to a person’s cause of death that is taken from a handbook of disease classifications (ICD). Although the ICD allows for the accurate reporting of the technical reason for a person’s death (i.e., a heart attack), it fails to delineate whether the precipitating event was caused by a preventable medical error (i.e., a medical error took place that caused a heart attack leading to death).
Although we unfortunately cannot prevent medical errors from taking place, we can help the victims and/or their loved ones once they have occurred through achieving compensation to cover a future economic loss, medical expenses, and emotional distress. Weiss & Paarz has been helping victims of preventable medical errors for over 30 years. If you or a family member feels they have a medical malpractice claim, contact our office for a consultation. Please note that our firm does not charge any fees unless we recover compensation for you.
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When a patient undergoes a recommended surgery, he or she is generally given a stack of papers to sign beforehand. In general, those papers will include a few pages consisting of what’s known as “informed consent”. Quite simply, informed consent is a set of risks and consequences that can occur with a particular surgery…patients should be keenly aware of these risks before they move forward and sign on the dotted line.
All too often, our medical malpractice lawyers receive calls from patients that have suffered serious permanent injuries for things that they signed off on but were not aware of. In more unfortunate circumstances, informed consent sheets are not even detailed enough to properly educate a patient on what can happen to them during or after the surgery they are about to have.
An Iowa woman recently filed a $15 million medical malpractice lawsuit against a university hospital for negligence and lack of appropriate informed consent. The then 52-year-old went into surgery for a benign tumor removal that was causing her hearing loss. While under the knife, a main artery that supplies blood to the brain was accidentally cut. The woman went on to suffer a severe stroke that has left her permanently disabled and in need of round the clock, extremely expensive care. This incident in particular emphasizes the importance of informed consent in avoiding a medical malpractice claim.
Before you opt into a procedure, be sure you thoroughly read your surgical consent form and ask your doctors and healthcare providers to discuss any worrisome risks and statistics with you before you sign your name. To read more about the Iowa medical malpractice lawsuit mentioned above, click here.
New Jersey / Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers Weiss & Paarz have spent decades recovering compensation for lost wages, pain / suffering, and future medical expenses after a patient’s life is destroyed by an unexpected mistake during surgery. If you or a loved one feel they have a potential surgical malpractice claim, call our firm today for your consultation (1-800-952-8444) or fill out the contact form on our contact us page. We do not charge any fees to our clients unless we win compensation for them.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine late last month details some interesting findings about patterns that have been established in medical malpractice claims throughout the United States. The research was conducted by Stanford University and the University of Melbourne.
According to the fascinating study, a mere handful of ‘like’ physicians (approximately 1% nationally) are responsible for 32% of medical malpractice settlements and verdicts that were paid over a decade’s time. The research followed over 65,000 claims settled against more than 50,000 physicians between early 2005 and late 2014.
Recurring medical malpractice claims are extremely frightening for two groups in particular: the patient population and the insurance companies that are providing coverage for the accused physicians. Interestingly, the risk of recurring medical malpractice claims was found to vary by a doctor’s specialty with the lowest risk of recurrence for psychiatrists and pediatricians. The risk for recurring medical malpractice claims among male doctors was found to be a whopping 40% higher than the risk of recurring medical malpractice claims for female physicians. Additionally, younger physicians were significantly less likely than older physicians to be involved in a medical malpractice suit.
As is true in other matters, the best predictor of future behavior in the doctors studied was their past behavior. The greater the number of claims each doctor was faced with prior to the study, the greater number they ended up incurring throughout the study.
The research team hopes that their findings will aid hospitals and insurance companies in better understanding high-risk groups of doctors (high-risk being defined as physicians consistently found more likely to be involved in recurring medical malpractice claims throughout their years practicing). The hope would be that high-risk physicians could then be flagged for targeted training and evaluation to prevent claims from piling up in the future.
To read more about the study, visit the New England Journal of Medicine’s website overview. To read more about medical malpractice claims, read our medical malpractice FAQ page.
Groundbreaking research has revealed unprecedented results in the fight to cure cancer. Patients with advanced types of blood cancers who were given months to live and little hope for remission were gathered for a clinical trial to undergo “T-cell therapy”.
To administer it, doctors take immune cells from patients and alter them with “receptor molecules” that are designed to target specific forms of cancer. After this process the cells are infused back into the patients – then doctors wait for signs of improvement.
The most promising set of results involved over three dozen patients with Acute Lymphoid Leukemia (ALL), with over 94% of them in complete remission after T-Cell therapy was administered. The studies also included greater than 50% remission rates for lymphoma patients and a significant reduction of cancer symptoms in over 80% of patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The researchers caution that clinical trials are still young so it’s too soon to know whether cancer symptoms will return in the future. T-Cell Therapy won’t be an end-all for every cancer, but with remarkable rates of remission it’s certainly a promising start for various blood cancers. To read more detail on this research and what the results mean for the future, click here to visit WebMD’s detailed article.
NJ medical malpractice attorneys Weiss & Paarz have been fighting for victims of cancer misdiagnoses for over 30 years. If you or a loved one has been permanently disabled or has passed away after being diagnosed with cancer in its advanced stages, contact us today for help.