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January 2016 Archives

Risk factors for health care negligence easily identified

A group of researchers discovered that there could be a serious problem with policy that allows doctors who have been accused of medical malpractice many different times to continue treating patients. With just a bit of research, common risk factors for future incidents of medical malpractice can be revealed. The negligence exercised by this surprisingly small group of physicians tends to share a common thread, which could tip New Jersey patients off to whether it is time to find a new provider.

Jury awards nurse and husband after failure to diagnose

A medical malpractice suit filed by a nurse and her husband claimed that a timely diagnosis would have resulted in a much more favorable chance for survival, a sentiment with which a jury recently agreed. According to the suit, her cancer progressed beyond the ability to be treated because of her doctor's failure to diagnose her illness. The out-of-state woman was awarded $6.2 million, while her husband got an award of $700,000.

Doctors who overprescribe put patients at risk of death

Prescription medication addiction is a growing problem in New Jersey. Unfortunately, a number of doctors and other health care providers who purposely overprescribe certain pain-relieving drugs are at the heart of the problem. The overprescription of opioid and narcotic drugs can have any number of consequences, including death. Yet, these medical professionals rarely face appropriate consequences for their roles in patients' injuries.

Parents successfully settle brain damage suit with hospital

An out of state family recently settled an ongoing medical malpractice dispute concerning the alleged botched delivery of their son. The medical malpractice suit focused on the boy's brain damage, which was later diagnosed as cerebral palsy, a devastating injury with which far too many parents in New Jersey are already familiar. The exact amount of the settlement, though, has not been disclosed.

The importance of recognizing signs of nursing home abuse

Placing a loved one in a nursing home facility can be a difficult decision for any family to make. However, when an aging relative can no longer safely care for him or herself, it is necessary. Family members often take solace in the knowledge that their loved one is being well cared for by trained professionals. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens. There are times when safety and care regulations are not met by a facility or by some employees of a facility and as a result, the occupants suffer mistreatment, neglect or abuse.

Ongoing investigation blames hospital negligence for death

The number of patients in New Jersey who have at least one experience of a doctor not listening to their concerns might be higher than some people realize. In these instances, most patients are simply advised to seek a second opinion from a different doctor or hospital, but depending on the illness or injury, there is not always time to do so. This point was made clear when an out-of-state woman died shortly after experiencing a rather severe instance of apparent hospital negligence.

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