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Category: Surgical Error

How durotomy factors into malpractice suits

Durotomy refers to a tear in the dura mater, or outer membrane, of the spinal cord and is often a consequence of spinal surgery. While these dural tears are often inevitable, they can usually be detected and repaired in a second surgical operation, leaving patients with no long-term problems. On the other hand, dural tears often form the basis for medical malpractice suits in New York and elsewhere in the U.S.

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Surgeons don’t always follow error disclosure rules

A New York surgeon who makes a mistake is supposed to inform the patient of that error. However, a survey published in JAMA Surgery found that some surgeons only follow some national guidelines related to disclosing such an error. The survey involved more than 60 surgeons who worked at various VA medical centers. Of the eight national guidelines for error disclosure after a surgery, most who participated in surgery said that they followed five of them.

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Malpractice awards and settlements are often significant

Medical malpractice victims in New York and around the country often suffer catastrophic harm and are sometimes awarded significant damages by juries. A Baltimore hospital agreed to pay $190 million to 8,000 litigants in 2014 after it was revealed that one of their most senior gynecologists had used surveillance equipment to secretly photograph his patients. Another 2014 medical malpractice case involved a 29-year-old woman who was left brain damaged and paralyzed in part because paramedics lacked the equipment needed to treat her anaphylactic shock. A jury awarded her $172 million for her past and future medical expenses and pain.

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Tips For Filing a Surgical Mesh Lawsuit

As per a recent study by the Johns Hopkins University staff, medical errors in hospitals are the 3rd leading cause of untimely death in the US, following heart and cancer. The study suggests that 10% of all deaths in the country are due to medical errors. With so many mistakes being made by doctors and …

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Tips to Protect Yourself from Surgical Mistakes in New York

Surgical mistakes can happen, despite picking the best doctor in the best medical facility in town. Though surgeons and doctors have years of training and experience and take a great deal of care to avoid errors, they aren’t infallible. And sometimes they are simply negligent. This why it is critical that you too, get involved …

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What surgical and office nurses do for patients

When New York patients need to have a procedure or surgery done to improve their health, they are often most concerned with who their surgeon will be. What they may not realize, however, is that it is the nurses, including surgical and patient nurses, who get to know the patients best.

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Improved surgery for liver tumors

Tumors and blood vessels can undergo shifting by inches in the liver, which can make it difficult for surgeons to pinpoint the location of tumors when a patient is on the operating table. The position in which the liver is resting in the body during diagnostic imaging is different from how it is positioned when the patient is laying down during surgery. Patients in New York who have ailments related to an impaired liver may be interested to know that a technology has been created that can locate tumors in the organ, allowing doctors to bypass blood vessels during surgery.

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Seeking Compensation for a Surgical Error

Claims filed for compensation for personal injury emanating from a surgical error is all too common in courts and legal offices all over the world and the penalty granted is often stiff if the verdict goes against the surgeon. Surgery after all, is a serious invasive procedure and there is simply no room for error. …

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Medical Malpractice: Botched Cataract Surgery

When the lens of your eye starts clouding over, you are said to be suffering from cataract. The condition leads to gradual vision loss over a long span of time.

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