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Alleged medical negligence leads to hepatitis C infection

Patients in Maine have access to some of the best medical care available in the country. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals must undergo extensive academic and on-the-job training in order to legally care for and treat patients. Not surprisingly, a common trait among these health care professionals is an acute attention to detail, as every procedure must be performed in a thorough and careful manner. However, when details or safety measures are neglected, patients can suffer permanent injuries and even death. Medical negligence is a very real problem across the country.

Man awarded over $18 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

Any error made during a medical procedure, no matter how minute, can have severe consequences for the patient. One mistake or even a missed step on a procedure checklist can potentially cause permanent injury and may even cost the patient his or her life. Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death and injury in Maine and across the United States. A man in another state was recently awarded over $18 million dollars in a lawsuit he filed after alleged negligence caused permanent damage.

Mother awarded $4 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

The top priority of all health care providers should be the health and safety of patients. Although technology and safety regulations in Maine and across the country have made medical procedures safer than ever before, sometimes it can seem that patient safety is not the main priority for some physicians. Recently, a mother in another state was awarded $4 million from a medical malpractice lawsuit she filed after her daughter's death.

Man awarded almost $8 million in medical malpractice suit

Although not widely publicized, negligence in health care is one of the leading causes of death and injury in Maine and across the United States. It is true that technological advancements and stringent regulations have brought improvements to patient safety in recent years. However, when humans are involved there will always be a risk for mistakes. Recently, a man in another state was awarded almost $8 million from a lawsuit he filed against a medical facility after alleged medical malpractice left him permanently injured.

Researchers find surgical errors at centers are underreported

Federal laws permit physicians to steer patients toward private surgical centers for relatively minor procedures. This law enables a surgeon to possibly double his or her profits since he or she typically has ownership in the center. Unfortunately, there is no federal law that requires these centers to report surgical errors that may have lead to a patient's death. Maine residents who are facing a medical procedure in the future may wish to look into their options before undergoing surgery at these types of clinics.

New tool may help elminate misdiagnosis that can lead to death

One of the greatest concerns that Maine residents may have is the fear that their physician is not paying close attention to their symptoms. Indeed, an estimated 12 million patients suffer from some type of misdiagnosis every year that can have serious consequences. Recently, one physician developed a new tool that may drastically reduce the risk of a diagnostic error.

Woman files medical malpractice suit after instrument injury

The thought of needing surgery is never a pleasant scenario, especially when the procedure requires a large incision and extensive work. In Maine and elsewhere, the majority of these surgeries are successful with few, if any, complications. Unfortunately, according to one patient, her procedure wound up costing her greater harm and, possibly, lasting repercussions for which she recently filed a medical malpractice claim.

Mayo Clinic finds alarming numbers suffer from misdiagnosis

In the past, anytime a patient received a troubling diagnosis from a doctor, he or she was encouraged to seek the opinion of another physician. While that advice may not be heard as often, it may actually be an important part of receiving appropriate care. There is purportedly an alarming number of patients who have suffered from a misdiagnosis. It is quite likely that this problem has affected many Maine residents at some point in their health histories.

Unfortunate surgery failure or medical malpractice?

After trying all other available options, you decided to move forward with surgery. You may have been nervous about the procedure, but you believed that it would finally eliminate the pain and make a positive difference in your daily life. Now that your surgery is complete, however, you know that something isn’t right. Maybe you even wish you never agreed to this treatment in the first place.

Can you trust your doctor to keep your records confidential?

Imagine that you and your therapist travel in the same social circles. You know that there is a patient confidentiality requirement that she has to follow. This is why you were surprised when a mutual friend started asking about situations that you had discussed solely with your therapist. The purpose of the confidentiality standard is to encourage open dialogue between patients and their doctors or therapists.

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