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  • Surgical Checklists and Medical Malpractice

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 15-May-2018

    In the United States, medical malpractice is among one of the leading causes of death, falling in third place behind cancer and heart disease. However, it is entirely preventable and is often the result of negligence. To combat these egregious medical errors, particularly surgical errors, surgical checklists were created, though many hospitals across the country have failed to utilize them, ...
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  • Recognizing the Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 1-May-2018

    It is estimated that nearly two million Americans live in long-term care facilities and, unfortunately, abuse and neglect are a real problem too many of them encounter at the hands of trusted caregivers. While some signs are more obvious, others are easier to miss, especially if you are not able to frequently visit your elderly loved one. Take care to learn more about what signs you should look ...
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  • Who is Liable for Erb's Palsy in a Newborn?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 25-Apr-2018

    There are several different kinds of birth injuries a newborn can sustain, some of which can lead to a future that requires lifelong care. Even injuries that might seem minor, such as a bruise or small laceration could potentially result in severe health complications. Erb’s palsy is one such condition that is caused by a physical injury during delivery, the effects of which can range from ...
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  • The Most Common Surgical Errors

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 18-Apr-2018

    While some might think that surgical errors are a rarity, they are actually not as uncommon as we might hope. In fact, these unfathomable errors happen often enough that the World Health Organization eventually created a checklist for surgeons in an effort to reduce the number of these occurrences. Every year, it is estimated that 200 to 300 wrong patients are operated on while another 2,500 ...
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  • Can You Sue the Doctor Who Misdiagnosed You?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 11-Apr-2018

    Medical errors happen much more frequently than you might expect and one of the most common errors occurs when a doctor fails to correctly diagnose a patient or does not diagnose the patient in a timely manner. However, just because you received a delayed or incorrect diagnosis does not mean you have a viable medical malpractice case. The critical question here is whether a doctor with the same ...
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  • The Most Common Birth Injuries

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 3-Apr-2018

    Bringing a child into the world is one of the greatest joys parents can experience together. Unfortunately, sometimes this moment of joy is marred by terrible errors that cause an infant to sustain an injury, which could potentially alter the course of his or her future and create the need for lifelong care. While some birth injuries are not caused by negligent health care, a vast majority are a ...
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  • The Challenges of Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 23-Mar-2018

    Medical malpractice is, unfortunately, a common occurrence. Patients seek treatment with the hope of feeling better or understanding more about their condition, but end up worse off than ever before. However, the frequency of these often egregious errors does not make it any easier for those seeking compensation for their pain and suffering. Without proper legal representation, the legal battle ...
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  • How to Choose the Right Nursing Home

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 16-Mar-2018

    For many of us, it is likely that one day we will be faced with the decision of having to choose the right nursing home for a loved one. To do this, you obviously cannot simply rely on a website, promotional brochure, or even a facility tour. This is a crucial decision, so it cannot be rushed into. You are going to need some answers to several very important questions. Keep in mind that there are ...
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  • Most Common Forms of Nursing Home Abuse

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 2-Mar-2018

    As our loved ones age, nursing home facilities need to accommodate more and more senior citizens who are in need of frequent or constant medical attention or supervision. Unfortunately, as these numbers rise, not all facilities are able to keep up with the influx of new residents that require their care and, as a result, abuse and neglect become commonplace occurrences. Nursing home abuse can come ...
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  • How Common Are Never Events?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 27-Feb-2018

    A never event is, as its name implies, an event that should never happen. Unfortunately, despite the name, these events happen much too often in the medical field. In fact, they happen at least 4,000 times a year, according to a medical malpractice study conducted by Johns Hopkins. Their study examined never events in an attempt to get an accurate picture of how common these egregious and ...
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  • What is a Doctor's Duty of Care?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 20-Feb-2018

    Chances are, if you are thinking of filing a medical malpractice claim, you might have come across the term “duty of care” while researching what this might entail. A doctor’s duty of care is a critical element in these types of cases and, in fact, all negligence cases hinge on the accepted standards of care. If it cannot be proven that a physician owed a duty of care to a ...
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  • Common Preventable Medical Errors

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 13-Feb-2018

    Medical errors are a nightmare most of us hope to never encounter. Unfortunately, many often do. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, an estimated 772,000 hospital patients develop infections and 440,000 patients die each year due to preventable medical errors. In fact, hospital errors are actually the third leading cause of death in the country, ...
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  • Can I Sue if My Child is Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 1-Feb-2018

    Cerebral palsy is one of the most common motor disorders diagnosed in babies and children and, in many cases, the cause of it is directly related to careless medical negligence and egregious errors. According to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, about 764,000 children and adults in the United States are living with this condition. Every year, between 8,000 and 10,000 new cases are diagnosed. ...
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  • What is Informed Consent in a Medical Malpractice Case?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 30-Jan-2018

    When a patient visits a doctor and receives some form of treatment or has a procedure performed, he or she must fully inform that patient of all pertinent information regarding that procedure or treatment, a process which is known as “informed consent.” If the patient sustains an injury and the doctor did not receive informed consent from the patient, he or she might have a viable ...
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  • Common Medical Malpractice Cases

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 24-Jan-2018

    When we pay a visit to the doctor or go to the hospital, we generally expect to leave with either clarity regarding what ails us or in better condition. The last thing we expect is to be harmed by the very people who are meant to help and care for our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, some health care providers fail to uphold the duty of care that is required of them, leading to life-altering ...
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  • What is the Difference Between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 17-Jan-2018

    A newborn baby can face two different types of medical issues – a birth defect or a birth injury. While birth defects are often caused by genetic mutations and form when the baby is still in the womb, they can also be caused by toxins or medications that entered the baby through the mother, leading to complications that might have otherwise been prevented. Birth injuries occur at the time of ...
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  • Should I Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 11-Jan-2018

    In an ideal world, we would all be able to trust health care providers without fear of being harmed by negligent care. While many of us are able to trust the medical professionals who treat us, many more patients are harmed every year as a result of receiving subpar care. The injuries sustained can range from mild to severe, life-threatening, or even fatal. Why do such egregious mistakes happen in ...
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  • How Common Are Emergency Room Errors?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 5-Jan-2018

    Each year, more than 100 million people visit the ER, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, it is estimated that around 5-10% of all emergency room visits experience a medical error. This means there are millions of emergency room mistakes occurring every year in the U.S., putting patients at risk for serious injuries and life-threatening conditions. ...
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  • Defective Medical Device Injuries: Next Steps to Take

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 18-Dec-2017

    Defective medical devices like faulty surgical instruments, implants, pacemakers, and various prosthetics can cause serious injuries or death. Depending on the situation, a person who has been harmed by a defective medical device can bring about a product liability or medical malpractice claim to recover the damages that they have suffered. In this blog, we explain what steps to take if you or a ...
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  • America's Ongoing Opioid Crisis: Who's Responsible?

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 15-Dec-2017

    Many have argued that Big Pharma, specifically Purdue Pharma, is responsible for the opioid crisis that is currently sweeping our country. This popular sentiment was actually backed up by former DEA Agent and whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi on “60 Minutes.” However, Rannazzisi added a new twist to this view when he said, “the opioid crisis was allowed to spread - aided by Congress, ...
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  • Surgical Never Events

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 17-Nov-2017

    Surgical procedures are meant to save or improve patient lives, but when things go wrong because of human error, the consequences can be serious. According to research from the National Practitioner Data Bank, doctors commit “never events,” which are medical mistakes that should never happen, roughly 4044 times a year. The term never events was introduced by Dr. Ken Kizer over 15 years ...
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  • Can You Sue for Nurse Negligence?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 19-Sep-2017

    Most people know that doctors can be held accountable for their actions by patients who sue them for medical malpractice, but can you do the same for other medical attendants such as nurses? Because nurses aren’t actually doctors, many people aren’t sure if they’re subject to the same rules and laws that protect patients. Here are what the laws say regarding nurses and how they ...
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  • Prescription Errors Are More Common Than You Think

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 23-Aug-2017

    Millions of Americans have filled a prescription at some point in their lives. While we trust our medications to help with our needs, prescription errors can cause significant harm. Many medication errors are discovered before they can cause harm, but 1.3 million Americans are injured by prescription errors each year. Prescription mistakes are surprisingly common, considering the serious ...
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  • At What Age Can Cerebral Palsy Be Diagnosed?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 9-Aug-2017

    Cerebral Palsy is a condition that often results from an injury shortly before or during delivery. This condition can take time to diagnose, as there is no single test for Cerebral Palsy. As a parent of an injured child, you need a diagnosis to get help for you child, and it can be frustrating to wait to find out what may be wrong. In severe cases of Cerebral Palsy, it is possible that the ...
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  • How Long Do You Have To Sue a Hospital For Medical Malpractice?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 2-Aug-2017

    As a patient, you have the right to expect that your medical care will be safe, well informed, and adequate care will be taken to protect you. If you are injured by your medical care provider through negligence, however, you should have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. A medical malpractice claim can hold those responsible for your injuries accountable, and provide you with ...
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