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Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death: Part II

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In part I of this piece, reference was made to an article in NPR News detailing the fact that a new study names medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States. Part I delved into the issue of cause-of-death reporting, and raising more awareness about a lack of an… Read More »

Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death: Part I

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A recent article in NPR News shares data recently published in The BMJ suggesting that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. Part I of this article will review those statistics, and discuss the current problems regarding tracking causes of deaths in America, including medical errors, as well as the… Read More »

Dangers in Being Discharged from the Hospital (Part II)

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In a previous post, reference was made to a New York Times article that reported the discharge stage of a hospital patient’s care – when the patient is being released from the hospital and transferred back to the care of the patient’s primary care physician – as one of the most dangerous times for… Read More »

Dangers in Being Discharged from the Hospital (Part I)

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When a patient is discharged from the hospital, it would make sense that their condition has improved.  However, According to a recent article in The New York Times,  this period of the patient’s hospital stay – the period leading up to and just following discharge – can be one of the most dangerous times… Read More »

Nursing Homes and Forced Arbitration Clauses: What You Need to Know (Part II)

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Nursing homes throughout the country have attempted to limit their legal liability by requiring new residents to sign contracts upon admission. Buried deep within the text of these contracts are forced arbitration clauses and are designed to severely limit the ability of the new resident or his or her family to recover compensation if… Read More »

Nursing Homes and Forced Arbitration Clauses: What You Need to Know (Part I)

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Although some may not wish to talk about nursing home abuse, the statistics don’t lie – older Americans are being abused and mistreated in nursing homes as well as in other settings at an alarming rate. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, a 2000 study that interviewed 2,000 nursing home residents found… Read More »

Risk of Cancer from Lumber Liquidators Greater than Previously Thought

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that the agency’s previous statements and conclusions that exposure to Lumber Liquidators’ products posed a “low” risk of increasing a person’s risk of developing cancer was not correct. A 60 Minutes investigation first uncovered that formaldehyde levels in the company’s laminate… Read More »

Judgment Against Johnson & Johnson Tops $70 Million

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A St. Louis jury recently awarded the family of Jackie Fox $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages after finding that Ms. Fox’s fatal ovarian cancer was linked to Johnson & Johnson brand talc powder. The verdict – reached after four hours of deliberation – is the first in the… Read More »

New Jersey Psychiatric Hospital Named as Defendant in Federal Lawsuit for Negligent and Intentional Mistreatment

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The family of a New Jersey woman under the care of the Ancora Psychiatric Hospital has filed a federal lawsuit against the hospital alleging that the woman suffered negligently- and intentionally-inflicted injuries at the hands of the hospital’s staff. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the woman was injured when she fell while under the… Read More »

Communication between Doctor and Patient is Key

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As we’ve previously highlighted, the practice of medicine is being more heavily scrutinized as of late due to patients potentially being harmed from too much treatment. While doctors sometimes do too much–practicing of “defensive medicine” in order to ensure that they are not sued–studies show that, in fact, more treatment does not equal reduced… Read More »

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