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Medical Malpractice

Every year, medical malpractice is the cause of nearly

deaths

but only

%

of victims

ever seek compensation for their loss and suffering.

Medical malpractice is a leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. The attorneys at Mattioli & Munley know Pennsylvania’s malpractice laws and can help you and your family seek reparations for your medical bills, losses, and suffering.

Medical Malpractice News

VA Doctors Can Lose Their License For Failing to Report Medical Violations at VA Hospitals

A group of doctors notified ICC to ask could they lose their license to practice medicine for failing to report medical violations at VA hospitals. In the past, ICC has seen doctors, nurses and psychiatrists at hospitals lose their license in medical malpractice cases for ignoring their professional codes of ethics and participating in the abuse of patient care directed by their hospital employer. Though, medical malpractice insurance, self insurance, or under the Federal Tort Claim Act ( FTCA) (28 USC § 1346 (b)), defends doctors in malpractice liability cases, it cannot keep the Healing Arts Board in a state from revoking a medical license for ethical violations. Given the nature of VA’s violations that has been in the news, it would be worth a doctor’s time to review their professional code of ethics which they read and signed when receiving their license to practice medicine. ICC is a Third Party Administrator for Malpractice and provides seminars to doctors and hospitals on preventing malpractice claims and avoiding medical ethical violations. If you are interested in our malpractice/professional code of ethics seminar, please contact ICC, via email and one of our representatives will contact you, or call us at 1-(845) -0023 or 1-(316)-... read more

Study Estimates Incidence of Preventable Patient Death in Hospitals at 210,000-400,000 Annually

Until last year, no one had issued a comprehensive assessment of the risk of patient harms associated with hospital care since a 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study that used data from 1984. After 30 years, we finally have new information about how many deadly hospital errors, known in the medical world as lethal patient adverse events (PAE), occur yearly. The study, conducted by John T. James, PhD in association with Patient Safety America, concluded that there are at least 210,000 deaths per year from preventable harm in hospitals, with the real number probably being closer to 400,000. This is well above the 1999 IOM estimate of 98,000. More stunning is the author’s conclusion that “serious harm” is 10-20 times more likely than lethal harm. The results are clear: in 30 years, it has become more dangerous, not less, to be treated as a patient at a hospital. The author’s findings are based on a weighted analysis of the four most relevant small studies on patient harm between 2008 and 2011 that used the a reliable two-tiered research technique called Global Trigger Tool (GTT). Under GTT, trained investigators first comb through medical records for “triggers” such as medication stop orders, abnormal lab results, or prescriptions for “antidote”-type medications. Any flagged records are then reviewed by a physician to determine whether a PAE occurred how serious it was. James and his team separated PAEs into five categories of errors: commission, omission, communication, context, and diagnosis. Most flagged records fell into the error of commission category – something a healthcare professional did that he should not have done – because it’s... read more

Thousands of Potential of Medical Misdiagnosis Lawsuits Go Unfiled

The vast majority of medical misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose lawsuits are not filed, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. These potential medical malpractice lawsuits are not brought to the attention of a medical malpractice lawyer, because a vast majority of medical misdiagnosis errors go unreported. About 500 million primary care visits result in an estimated 500,000 misdiagnosis opportunities, according to study conducted at the Veterans Administration hospital system in Texas. Half of the doctors surveyed said they encountered at least once instance of a medical misdiagnosis per month. However, many of the doctors said they were unlikely to report a medical misdiagnosis. If a doctor does not report a medical misdiagnosis, affected patients may not be aware that they could have a potential medical misdiagnosis lawsuit. They also may not be aware that a potentially life-threatening health problem is going untreated. For some, a delayed diagnosis could come too late. A medical misdiagnosis lawsuit can help compensate victims and their families for the injuries that may otherwise have been prevented. While the process may seem time consuming, the medical malpractice team at Anapol Schwartz pursues every detail of each client’s case in order to maximize recovery. Clients and their families can rest assured that they’ll be informed every step of the way, so they can focus on getting well. Medical malpractice settlements can provide compensation for: Long-term care Current and future medical bills Loss of wages Burial expenses Rehabilitation Long-term disability Pain and suffering Loss of companionship Loss of enjoyment of life The only way to know if you or a loved one is a victim of a... read more

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