Arthritis Pain and Inflammation: Diagnosis and Treatment Risks

Introduction Liability Risks for Diagnosing and Treating Arthritis Millions of people in the U.S., approximately one in five adults, have been diagnosed with arthritis, which is said to be the most common condition causing disability. Experts anticipate that the number of adults with arthritis will increase to 67 million by 2030. There are many types […]

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Pediatrician Liability Involving Diseases and Conditions of Childhood

Introduction Liability Risks for Pediatricians Children often contract common infections including upper respiratory infections, ear infections, sinus infections, and conjunctivitis, which can lead to complications. Vaccines are effective in preventing the occurrence of serious infectious diseases, avoiding the complications that can be associated with these diseases, and improving mortality rates in children. However, the use […]

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Organ Transplants: Saving Lives, Facing Risks, Minimizing Complications

Introduction Liability Risks for Organ Transplants More than 7,000 organ transplants were performed in the period January through March 2015 in the United States, but approximately 123,000 people were still waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in June 2015. An average of 21 people die every day while waiting for a transplant. Medical advances, including methods […]

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Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap Banding and More: Risks of Patient Injury and Provider Malpractice in Weight-Loss Surgery

Liability Risks for Bariatric Surgery Weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, includes procedures such as gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery, and lap band surgery. These procedures can produce many benefits for patients, but they also carry a high level of risk. A variety of complications are associated with these procedures. Complications can result […]

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Chemotherapy: Risks and Liabilities When the Treatment Is Toxic

Liability Risks for Chemotherapy More than half of all cancer patients receive chemotherapy. Patients who are receiving chemotherapy face risks for developing infection and other injuries such as leakage of the drug into surrounding tissue, use of the wrong chemotherapy drug, and administration of chemotherapy based on an erroneous diagnosis of cancer, which may be […]

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COPD Liability Risks: When Taking a Breath Is Not Easy

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Liability The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 15 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, and that chronic lower respiratory disease, which primarily includes COPD, was the third leading cause of death in the United States. Smoking is the most common cause of COPD. Twenty-five percent of COPD […]

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment Failures

Liability Risks for PTSD PTSD affects about 7.7 million American adults, and frequently is accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. It may lead to erratic or criminal behavior, or even suicide. Although PTSD may be associated most often with veterans, it affects a broad spectrum of the population. PTSD is one of […]

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Mothers, Infants, and Obstetrical Injuries: Labor and Delivery Liability Risks

Liability Risks for Labor and Delivery Although childbirth is a “joyous and safe experience” for most mothers in the United States, the U.S. lags behind other industrialized nations in healthy births, and the reasons are not clear. There is no guarantee of a perfect outcome in childbirth, even with excellent medical care. Up to 90% […]

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Beyond the Holiday Blues: When Depression Leads to Liability

Depression Patients: Liability Risks More than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide according to the World Health Organization. Fewer than half of those affected by depression get treatment, sometimes because of a missed or incorrect diagnosis. Some patients are incorrectly diagnosed as having depression […]

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