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Common Myths about Medical Malpractice

Often, people are unaware of the particulars of medical malpractice cases until they or their loved ones are injured by a negligent doctor. Malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare provider deviates from the reasonable standard of care that another provider would have done based on the same circumstances. Here is a look at some of the myths and misconceptions you might have heard about medical malpractice, as well as what to do if it happens to you. Myth: Many medical malpractice claims are frivolous. Fact: A study performed by the New England School of Medicine found that only 3 percent of claims studied did not involve an adverse medical outcome, and 63 percent of claims were directly attributed to medical error. That means that the majority of claims are not, in fact, frivolous. Myth: Frivolous claims often end with the claimant receiving compensation. Fact: The same study found…
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How Safe Are Georgia Hospitals?

When it comes to patient safety, how do Georgia hospitals compare to others around the country? According to the Leapfrog Group, a patient safety organization, not particularly well. A recent report by the group scored Georgia hospitals among the lowest in terms of top safety ratings in the country. Fewer than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A” grade in patient safety. Georgia ranked 40th in the country for percentages of hospitals with top safety ratings. Compared to last year’s ranking, Georgia’s has not shifted at all. The Leapfrog Group issues these hospital safety reports every six months and ranks more than 2,600 hospitals across the country. The group looks at factors including medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections to determine grades. The group creates these reports to help consumers become more knowledgeable about hospital safety records. While Georgia’s score this year was not stellar, none of the ranked…
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Who Is Responsible When Routine Medical Procedures Go Wrong?

A tonsillectomy is a pretty common procedure for a child. Experts say it is the third most common childhood surgery right behind circumcision and ear tubes. This procedure is widely considered safe, so how did a 9-year-old little girl die after her procedure? When Routine Medical Procedures Go Wrong The little girl’s mother had been avoiding the surgery for years. Doctors told her that the procedure was medically necessary and would stop the girl’s snoring. So after a lot of trepidation, this girl’s mother finally took her daughter into Children’s Hospital of Michigan to get the procedure done. However, events played out as she had feared. A surgery so routine it usually takes 40 minutes to complete took two hours. Once the little girl was out and on her way to recovery, the hospital staff quickly discharged her. The mother was given a prescription for oxycodone to give the little…
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