Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Practitioner Liability

Liability for Injury from Complementary or Alternative Treatments and Techniques Americans are increasingly using the techniques, therapies, and approaches of complementary and alternative medicine. We now make more visits to nontraditional healers than to family doctors and spend almost as much (out of pocket) on alternative medicine ($27 billion) as on unreimbursed physician services ($29 […]

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When Cataract Treatment Creates More Harm Than Cure: Malpractice Liability Issues

Cataract and Vision Impairment Liability Cataract surgery accounts for more than 1,000,000 operations in the United States annually. Although the National Eye Institute calls cataract surgery “one of the safest and most effective types of surgery,” complications can arise, mistakes can occur, and injuries or even death can result. When complications or problems occur, malpractice […]

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Emergency Medical Services: Liability and Immunity for Medical Rescue

Emergency Responders: Liability for Aid Recently, a jury awarded over $5 million to the family of a boy who died after 911 dispatched two firefighter/paramedics, two policemen, and one lieutenant fireman. Without examining the drug-overdosed teen, they left. The teen died later that night. Emergency medical services care will affect most people in this country […]

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Vaccines: An Ounce of Prevention May Lead to a Pound of Injury

Vaccine Injury Liability Deadly diseases the modern world considered close to eradication have appeared with new force in recent years. Religious groups opposed to the polio vaccine have prevented the complete eradication of polio. Samples of smallpox preserved after the proclaimed eradication of the disease now pose a terrorist threat. Even though vaccines are designed […]

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Liability for Electronic and Other Medical Record Information Disclosure

Liability for Disclosure of Medical Information On July 17, 2012 Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that a national survey of office-based physicians reports that most of those who have adopted electronic health record (EHR) systems are satisfied with their system and say it has improved patient care. Federal agencies have […]

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Mistakes in Diagnosing Cancer: Liability Concerns for Misdiagnosis, Failure to Diagnose, and Delayed Diagnosis

Cancer Diagnosis Error About 1,638,910 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in 2012. Approximately 577,190 Americans, or about 1,500 a day, are likely to die of cancer this year. Cancer cannot be treated or cured unless it is diagnosed as early as possible. A failure to diagnose or delay in diagnosing cancer can greatly reduce […]

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Cosmetic Surgery Gone Wrong: High Hopes Meet Unexpected Results

Cosmetic Surgery Liability Almost 9.2 million cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in this country in 2011. The overall number of cosmetic procedures has increased 197 percent since 1997. With this increase in popularity has come an increase in the number of injuries from cosmetic procedures. Civil lawsuits involving cosmetic surgery injuries have multiplied […]

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Anesthesiology Errors: Complications, Malpractice, and Catastrophe

Anesthesia Error Liability Approximately 20 million patients receive anesthesia annually in the United States, and even though most encounter no problems some experience serious incidents. Each year, 2,000 or more deaths occur that can be attributed primarily to the induction of anesthesia, with the majority of these deaths considered to be preventable. In 2012, the […]

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Foodborne Illness: When Grabbing a Bite Can Be Deadly

Foodborne Illness Impact and Liability According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year approximately 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) becomes ill, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. The most deadly pathogen in 2011 was salmonella, which resulted in an estimated 378 deaths. Recent foodborne […]

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