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January 2012 Archives

Fooling Around with Mother Nature: Plastic Surgery Malpractice Claims Rise But Remain Legally Challenging

An aging population and medical advances in cosmetic and dermatological treatments have brought an onslaught of people seeking plastic surgery to gain a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. Television shows on the subject and celebrities with clear changes to their physical appearance have changed the public's perception of this once very private matter into a subject that is embraced and condoned as a normal part of the "anti-aging" process.

Federal Study Finds Hospital Employees Fail to Report Medical Errors at Astounding Rate

The New York Times reported on January 6th the results of a study undertakenby the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)that reveals that hospital employees report only one in seven events that harm patients. The new report issued on Friday was issuedin connection with a study on whether hospitals are complying with the Medicare requirement that hospitals "'track medical errors and adverse patient events, analyze their causes' and improve care." Adverse events are defined broadly to include "medication errors, severe bedsores, infections that patients acquire in hospitals, delirium resulting from overuse of painkillers and excessive bleeding linked to improper use of blood thinners."

It's Good Enough for Santorum's Family But Not Good Enough for America

Republican presidential candidate, Rick Santorum's wife Karen Santorum won a medical malpractice lawsuit in Virginia against a chiropractor who negligently performed a lumbar manipulation on her which caused several lumbar discs to herniate. She required emergent surgery to her back as a result. The jury awarded $350,000 to Mrs. Santorum for her medical expenses and pain and suffering loses. The case was well handled by the Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania attorneys who represented the plaintiffs in a particularly difficult negligence claim. This writer has first-hand experience with "manipulation malpractice" cases and was successful in one of the only other cases in the United States against an osteopath for an unwarranted and unnecessary cervical manipulation and knows first hand how difficult these cases can be. Read the facts of our case here.

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