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Drew Dixon

Hospitals May Not Be Doing Enough To Fight MRSA

A recent survey of the infection control practitioners found that 54 percent of them believe hospitals aren’t doing everything they can to prevent the spread of methicillin- resistant staph aureus (MRSA).

Frank Bailey

President Bush's Medical Malpractice Cap On Damages

The Medicare funding package proposed by President Bush includes another attempt to severely limit the rights of injured patients to hold negligent doctors and hospitals accountable.
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Frank Bailey

Birth Injuries And Caps On Damages

Hardly a day passes when there is not another injustice due to arbitrary caps on damages placed there by legislators without looking at the facts of the case. Just today I read about a birth injury…

Frank Bailey

Insurers Are Refusing to Pay for Hospital Errors

What is this world coming to? Insurers are refusing to pay for hospital errors. Give me a break! For years the hospital’s liability carriers have had to be drug into court kicking and screaming to make them pay for a hospital’s errors. Now, it looks like a patient’s medical insurance is following suit. Who then is to pay for the hospital’s errors? Surely not the wrongdoer…Latest news…

Frank Bailey

Medical Errors: Is Our Health Care System Safe

Errors in health care are a leading cause of death and injury. Health care should be safe. It is not! In a revealing study, the Institute of Medicine found that sizable numbers of Americans are harmed as a result of medical errors. This study was authored by a blue ribbon panel which included William C Richardson as its chair. Mr. Richardson was President and CEO of the W. K. Kellogg…

Frank Bailey

Meningitis and the Trial Attorney

Meningitis is usually a complication of another bacterial infection such as pneumonia. With meningitis, the brain and spinal cord meninges (hence meningitis) become infected. If caught early and the infecting organism responds to antibiotics, the prognosis is usually good. If the meningitis is not treated early the prognosis is much worse, often resulting in death or permanent brain damage. …

Frank Bailey

We Can Help Build a Safer Helath Care System

In June of 1998, the Quality of Health Care in America project was initiated by the Institute of Medicine. Its purpose was to develop a strategy that would improve the quality of care in the United States. The Institute of Medicine found that each year, more than 98,000 Americans die because of medical mistakes. That is more than are killed on the highways. In addition, many more people…

Frank Bailey

Three Wrong Site Surgeries In A Year

95% of all medical malpractice is caused by less that 1% of doctors. This has recently been highlighted by a hospital in Rohde Island where doctors for the third time this year operated on the wrong side of a patient’s head.The hospital said it was re-evaluating its training and policies, and providing more oversight; giving nursing staff the power to ensure procedures are followed, but is this…

Shannon Weidemann

Widow Wins $16 Million in Medical Malpractice Case in Connnecticut

The widow of a truck driver was awarded $16 Million in a medical malpractice case against a doctor and medical group. The man died in 1994 of a heart attack. The lawsuit contended that the man’s heart disease was not properly diagnosed or treated. The defendents in the case were Dr. Robert Goldsmith and the Stamford Medical Group. Koskoff called the award one of the largest wrongful death…

Shannon Weidemann

Hospital Settles Cerebral Case for $14 Million

A hospital has settled a medical malpractice suit with the family of a young boy for $14 Million last week. The 5-year-old boy suffered a birth injury that led to cerebral palsy. The hospital staff did not administer treatment in time to prevent his injuries.The malpractice complaint against Northwestern Memorial Hospital contended the baby was not breathing when he was born and that emergency…