According to recent statistics, the number of medical malpractice claims has significantly dropped, but the case management expenses and payments for the claims have, on average, continued to increase. Between 2007 and 2016, the rate of medical malpractice claims decreased 27% from 5.1 claims per 100 doctors to 3.7 cases. The study analyzed claims that affected 124,000 patients over a 10-year period.
An elderly patient was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. What he did not know was that he also had a dormant form of Hepatitis B. While that may not seem like a big deal, it became a huge problem. Before beginning chemotherapy treatments, the patient should have been administered an antiviral medication to treat the Hepatitis. Failure to do so could result in the chemotherapy activating the dormant virus.
A jury in federal court awarded $15 million in damages to a woman who claimed an imaging center failed to identify her tumor for nearly 18 months, leaving her condition undetected and treated and significantly reducing her odds of surviving cancer. The jury made their decision after a four-day trial and found that the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Inc.
Having a hip replaced is one of the most risky and complicated surgeries a person can undergo. It is also one of the most common bone replacements that are undergone in the United States. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), there are several reasons why a person would undergo a hip replacement surgery.
Goals of such surgery include:
Boston Scientific (BSX) recently announced that it received a subpoena on May 5 from the Department of Health and Human Services. The subpoena asked the company for information about the performance of its implanted defibrillators. Defibrillator devices are used to shock racing hearts back into a normal rhythm during cardiac emergencies, some of which may injure patients.
There is no shortage in advertisements seeking those who have been injured during the use of medications or medical devices. As a result, the FDA is pushing for stronger guidelines when it comes to the postmarket surveillance of these products in an effort to reduce the number of defective devices used by patients.
While all of the different artificial hip implants on the market carry some form of wear risk, those that are made with metal-on-metal are some of the most dangerous out there. This is because of their unique structure, and these additional concerns can create problems and pains for patients who have had them installed.