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Tort reform: the solution for high healthcare costs?

Many politicians from both sides of the aisle argue that tort reform is one of the key pillars to control healthcare costs. They claim that physicians practice "defensive medicine" to protect themselves from potential medical malpractice suits. Defensive medicine occurs when doctors run additional (or extraneous) tests to stave off potential medical malpractice. Proponents of reform argue that this dramatically raises health care costs.

Do you need to know more about birth injury claims?

Birth injuries are a devastating blow for any family. The birth of your child should be a joyous day; a day that comes only once or twice in a lifetime. But instead, it is marred because your child is injured. Birth injuries, unfortunately, can be very severe and can require hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat. Plus, there could be costs associated with a lifetime of care. Here is a brief rundown of the issues involved in birth injury cases.

Can MRI's benefit mothers after childbirth?

A study from the University of Michigan sought to answer this question by placing several new mothers through MRIs to measure the extent of their injuries. MRIs are traditionally used in sports medicine after an athlete sustains an injury. The researchers found that new mothers suffer similar injuries as endurance sports athletes and that MRIs are well-placed to identify these injuries to ensure that these mothers receive the treatment they need.

Measuring the severity of a traumatic brain injury

Brain injuries are insidious because the extent of the harm is so difficult to measure. An injury that might be fatal in one situation is relatively minor in another. It also comes down to the individual person and how their body reacts to the trauma. There are two ways to measure traumatic brain injuries: the Glasgow Coma Scale and through the use of cranial topography and magnetic resonance imaging.

Can a birth injury law firm help you?

During the birthing process children are subject to extreme trauma. The human body is designed to absorb and manage this trauma. Unfortunately, mistakes happen. Sometimes doctors use the wrong tools or wait too long to extract. Regardless of the cause, babies can and do suffer injuries. When a child is injured, you may want to contact an attorney that specializes in birth injuries.

Maryland debates creation of no-fault birth injury fund

A state-created task force calls on Maryland to create a 'fund' to provide lifetime medical care to children who suffer from birth-related neurological injuries. The state task force has made this call two times in the past. The fund would be modeled on similar ones started in Virginia and Florida. The purpose of the fund is to allow families to forego the need for litigation to care for their child. The goal is to make it easier for families to obtain compensation and to lower the cost of medical malpractice litigation.

What factors may influence filing a medical malpractice suit?

Doctors commit errors every day. Most of the time these errors are harmless but when you consider thousands of doctors and millions of patient visits a week, that amounts to tens of thousands of deaths due to doctor error. One of the more common causes of doctor error is medication errors and failures to diagnose. You may be tempted to immediately file a lawsuit, to get your day in court as soon as possible. But before you do, read these six tips, they may inform you on how best to proceed.

Five Common Surgical Mistakes, Part 2

Surgeries, no matter how routine, are always a little dangerous. Lucky, most surgeries go off without a problem. But that still leaves thousands of patients who are injured due to surgical errors and during recovery. A previous post discussed how doctors occasionally leave objects inside of patients and that improper hygiene procedures by the surgical team often result in preventable infections. This post will discuss the last three surgical errors: falls, medication errors and wrong-site surgeries.

What defenses are available to doctors in medical malpractice cases? Part 2

If you are injured, no matter by whom, you can recover compensation by filing a lawsuit. In your lawsuit you would allege claims. Doctors, just like everyone else, are able to mount defenses to those claims. A previous post discussed the respectable minority principle and statute of limitations. This post will discuss the remaining three defenses.

Good Samaritan laws are a set of statutes that many states have adopted to protect rescuers. A Good Samaritan is a person that comes to the assistance of another person who is in medical distress. These laws protect those Good Samaritans from being sued if they should injure the person they are trying to assist.

Caring for a child after a birth injury

Birth injuries are devastating. What was supposed to be one the happiest days in your life is tarnished because your child was injured. Birth injuries are especially dangerous because it can take weeks or months for an injury to begin to surface. Babies are unable to effectively communicate therefore you have to rely on developmental delays to identify many birth injuries. As devastating as it may be, it is important that you do not let yourself become overwhelmed. The sooner you confront the reality imposed on you by the injury, the better.

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