Evidence of falsifying medical records can be a lynchpin for a medical malpractice case. Medical records are legal documentation of a person’s medical care. It is reported that one of the cases with the highest payout in history resulted in $74.5 million from negligence and falsified medical records. Throughout the course of someone’s medical treatment or hospital stay, there are many individuals who contribute to medical records, including physicians, nurses and ancillary services such as physical therapy or speech therapy. These medical records are further handled by non-medical staff, such
One of the largest case settlements of all time was $15 million to a New York woman for a missed diagnoses of breast cancer requiring a mastectomy, radiation treatments and chemotherapy over a year after original discovery of a breast lump (HMI Team, 2019). This may seem to be an unusual occurrence but how common is a cancer diagnosis missed?
In 2020, there were an “estimated 1.8 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 606,520 cancer deaths in the United States” (ACS, 2021). Though the exact number of missed cancer diagnoses or misdiagnosis
In 2019, the world was introduced to a new virus known as Sars-COV2 and more commonly COVID-19 creating a deadly world-wide pandemic. By early 2020, the majority of the world was sent into lockdown as an extreme measure to prevent the spread of the virus. Now, there are still many things that we do not know about the COVID-19 virus. As the virus continues to mutate to different variants, the battle against the pandemic continues. Long-term effects of the infection and the pandemic are still becoming evident. One of the
Surgeries of all types have a risk for complications. Routine complications can include things such as the body’s refusal of an implanted device, delayed healing, bleeding, wound dehiscence (opening up) or infection. Other complications can be preventable and are indicative of malpractice. One of the most common types of surgical complications that often lead to medical malpractice claims is retained surgical items. This means an item or tool from performing the surgery is left inside the patient’s surgical site unintentionally. Retained items occur in up to 1 per 1000 abdominal
Infections are a common medical ailment. Infections can be a complication of a healing wound, a surgical site, or secondary to an invasive procedure. Infections may also develop from common illnesses such as a urinary tract infections or community acquired pneumonia. When someone develops an infection that is localized, this is often managed with minimal care or treatment. It may need a wound to be cleaned regularly or need a course of antibiotics. When a beginning infection is misdiagnosed, not treated properly or not identified promptly, the outcome can be
There are over 6 million car accidents every year in the U. S., and nearly half of these lead to injury, disability or death. The nature of car accidents means that victims can be exposed to serious injuries with heavy physical and financial consequences. In addition to the injuries sustained in the immediate moment of impact, car accidents can often carry a wide array of hidden or missed injuries, many which can get progressively worse. These types of injuries are known as “delayed onset injuries.”
Delayed onset injuries can be especially
Patient Status: Bailey Allen is a 30 year old female who is married and works as a CNA. She reports smoking marijuana/cannabis daily and drinking alcohol occasionally. Mrs. Allen has a past medical history of hypertension, anxiety, and eczema. Her past surgical history is a tonsillectomy.
Accident Details: Mrs. Allen was found sitting on a sidewalk by the fire department. Witnesses said she self-extricated after a 2 vehicle traffic collision. She was reportedly traveling at a moderate rate of speed when she was hit head on by another vehicle. She was
While workplace safety has continued to improve over the last few decades, many workers are still exposed to the risk of injury or even death on a regular basis. Naturally, some jobs such as those in construction, logging, and fishing carry much higher risks than others. However, even low-risk jobs can become hazardous affairs due to negligence or carelessness on part of management or other employees.
Who Pays When Someone is Injured in the Workplace?
If you experience a workplace injury, you may likely rely on worker’s compensation insurance to step in
Today, we want to spend some time going over the fundamentals of personal injury lawsuits. Namely, what types of accidents or injuries fall under the umbrella of potential litigation, and how is evidence weighed in these cases?
First, let’s start with a broader definition. In simple terms, personal injury cases are those where a person has suffered harm from an injury or accident and where another person can potentially be held liable and legally responsible. If found liable, the accused could be required to cover the victim’s current and future ongoing
Today, we want to dedicate this post to thanking all essential workers and everyone else who is placing themselves on the front lines against COVID-19. We’re tremendously grateful for people such as healthcare professionals, first responders, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, auto mechanics, and many more who are working to ensure that we all have our basic needs met.
To further show our gratitude, we want to spend some time going over some of the risks they are exposing themselves to for our collective sake. We hope this helps others understand