In Texas, a Stolen Heart Raises Questions About Tort Reform

11 years ago, Jerry Carswell died under mysterious circumstances while being treated for kidney stones at Christus St. Catherine Hospital in Katy, Texas. During the autopsy, a medical examiner removed Carswell’s heart and preserved it as evidence that the man had died of a heart attack. Three years after Carswell’s death, his wife Linda sued… Read more »

At-Home Healthcare Experiment Aims to Reduce Medical Errors

In spite of the fact that hospitals are designed to be dedicated medical care facilities, many patients fare better when they’re able to avoid lengthy hospital stays. Sometimes, patients grow despondent in hospitals when they’re forced to be away from their home and loved ones. In other cases, they can contract dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections like MRSA…. Read more »

New York Ranked as One of the Worst States for Malpractice

The Journal of Patient Safety estimates that preventable medical errors are responsible for between 200,000 and 400,000 patient deaths every year in American hospitals. Medical malpractice cases can happen anywhere, from small regional clinics to world-renowned research hospitals. If you live in New York, however, there’s good reason to be especially wary of medical negligence…. Read more »

Surgeon at Yale New Haven Hospital Removes Wrong Rib

Even the best hospitals in the world aren’t immune to cases of medical malpractice. Last year, Deborah Craven, a sixty-year-old woman from Milford, Connecticut underwent surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital to have her eighth rib removed due to a precancerous lesion. Unfortunately, her surgeon removed her seventh rib instead. After the procedure, Craven complained… Read more »

Understanding the Standard of Care

In 1837, an English farmer built a haystack near the boundary of his neighbor’s property. His neighbor warned the farmer on multiple occasions that the haystack was a fire hazard, but the farmer ignored him and left the matter up to chance. Ultimately, the haystack did catch fire and damaged a number of cottages on… Read more »

Report Lists Most Common Reasons for Malpractice Suits

Every year, Medscape releases a report on the state of medical malpractice in America. In 2015, the publication surveyed nearly 4000 primary care physicians and specialists, asking them about their own personal experiences with malpractices claims. Based on their answers, Medscape was able to glean some compelling insights into the reasons why patients file malpractice… Read more »

Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Malpractice cases can take many forms. Sometimes patients are injured during the course of their treatment. Sometimes medications are prescribed in irresponsible dosages. Sometimes patients aren’t warned about potential dangerous side-effects or drug interactions associated with their medications. Statistically speaking, some fields and procedures are more prone to malpractice cases than other. Today we’ll look… Read more »