South Carolina residents who are interested in malpractice litigation might know about an appellate decision in Illinois allowing the case against a surgeon to proceed despite a motion to dismiss it. A woman filed a suit in 2010 against her surgeon for performing a failed tubal ligation, resulting in the birth of a child with a serious genetic disease.
Some hospitals are adopting practices for handing off patients when doctors and nurses change shifts that could reduce misunderstandings. Sometimes when shift changes occur, important information is not communicated to the new staff or is misunderstood, thereby increasing the possibility of poor patient care in South Carolina and nationwide. By taking a moment to personally hand off patients to the people coming on shift, medical professionals might be able to decrease errors that lead to medical malpractice litigation.
South Carolina residents concerned about medical malpractice may have heard of the recent sentencing of a New York surgeon who admitted to performing thousands of surgeries improperly from 2007 to 2011 and defrauding the federal government. The surgeon pled guilty to one count of health care fraud and was sentenced to four and a half years in federal prison. He was also ordered to pay $5 million in restitution to the government for fraudulent Medicare claims and had his medical license suspended.
Readers from South Carolina may be concerned to learn of a recent study that may indicate marked inequalities in the quality of medical care around the nation. According to researchers, inpatient mortality rates can potentially differ by as much as 30 percent depending on factors as seemingly basic as the number of nurses assigned to each patient and the proportion of nurses with bachelor's degrees. Statistics like this could mean that the chances of falling victim to a form of medical malpractice could increase depending on factors that are wholly outside the patient's control.
Boxing fans in South Carolina might know the story of boxer Magomed Abdusalamov. He had just completed a bout at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, 2013. When he was seen by doctors after the fight, he was diagnosed with a broken nose and had a cut over his eye treated. A trainer noticed that there was blood in his post-fight urine sample. The man who noticed the blood understood that it could mean internal bleeding and recommended that the man go to the hospital.