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Retired surgeon alleges doctors may lie under oath

One of the purposes of a civil lawsuit is to provide the opportunity for justice for those who have been harmed or wronged due to the actions of others. In an ideal world, a courtroom would always provide a level playing field in which plaintiffs and defendants would be able to present their cases that would, in turn, be fairly judged on their merits. But in order for this to happen, everyone giving testimony must do so honestly.

Hospital falls common in the United States

If there is one place on earth where we should feel safe, it is the hospital. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, every year in the United States, between 700,000 and 1,000,000 people experience falls in hospitals. Not all of these falls result in patient injuries. However, patients can suffer internal bleeding, lacerations or fractures. And of course, these injuries are in addition to whatever condition the patient had that was the initial basis of the hospital stay.

Study demonstrates parents can spot mistakes missed by doctors

As a parent, you are likely very sensitive to your child's health. However, if your child is experiencing symptoms that may require treatment, a visit to the doctor is typically in order. You have every reason to trust that the physician who examines your child will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis. But when it comes to assessing your child, you may be more qualified to spot problems than you think.

Sponges left in patients can cause serious medical issues

Any sort of invasive surgery is complicated and requires doctors, nurses, and other operating staff members to focus their full attention on the procedure. The slightest misstep could cause a patient to suffer a serious or fatal injury. And one of the most critical steps of any procedure actually takes place when most of the work has been completed.

Allergic reaction to medication could cause multiple symptoms

Doctors should only prescribe medications for their patients after performing a thorough screening. Part of that screening is asking a patient if he or she is allergic to any specific medicines. This is a critical question because a patient could suffer serious or even fatal symptoms after taking a drug to which he or she is allergic. But allergy-related medication errors do occur and one common type of allergic reaction is called "anaphylaxis."

Study shows medical errors cause over 250,000 deaths annually

Recently, patient safety experts at Johns Hopkins University conducted a study that generated some very concerning results. The safety experts analyzed data regarding medical death rates during an eight-year time frame. The study concluded that every year there are over 250,000 deaths in the United States that can be attributed to medical errors. This number accounts for 9.5 percent of deaths annually in the U.S.

How the Nursing Home Reform Act helps protect the elderly

When it comes time for a loved one to move into a nursing home, you want assurances that he or she will be safe and receive good care. And fortunately, there are laws in place to help ensure that nursing home residents are given the treatment that they need and deserve. Specifically, the Nursing Home Reform Act, passed in 1987, dictates that elder care patients in nursing homes should receive care that allows them to maintain their highest practical level of psychological, physical and mental well-being.

How can chiropractic care increase the risk of stroke?

If you are a sufferer of back or neck pain, you may be willing to try anything to get relief. This is understandable as spinal pain can be physically debilitating and even cause emotional issues. So it is no wonder that, according to the American Chiropractic Association, every year around 20 million Americans visit a chiropractor seeking treatment for back, neck and other assorted problems. Often the treatment these patients receive proves effective, but this is not always the case.

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