Medical Malpractice

MO House Tries to Cap Medical Malpractice Costs for a More “Hospitable Environment”

Pamela Mullis, Esq. Earlier this month, the Missouri State House has passed legislation onto the Senate for approval of a rule that would cap plaintiff’s non-economic damages to $350,000 in medical malpractice lawsuits. Pushing the bill is Representative Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia), who argues that doctors will leave Missouri for states with more “hospitable environments”–in other words, states that cap damages for their mistakes, citing costs as an economic problem. Today, the private healthcare insurance industry makes billions with tax exemption (possibly $864 billion annually) . This isn’t an economic problem for doctors, but a health crisis for the American people. According to …

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ConsumerReport Shares How to Have the Safest Hospital Stay

New research has revealed that medical error is linked to 440,000 fatalities each year–that’s nearly half a million lives lost because of negligence or medical mistake. While the number is an estimate, it ranks as the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer. Yes, you read that correctly. Medical error might be the third leading cause of death in America. Sadly, this issue is rarely heard about because it is underreported by the media, doctors, health administrations, and even victims. This is largely due to the nature of reporting error–it’s “messy, complicated, and controversial”…But it …

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Sedatives Cited in the Tragic Death of 3-year Old

Brian Nettles, Esq. A medical examiner’s report of a young Hawaii girl’s death has cited sedatives as the accidental cause of death. Three-year-old Finley Boyle suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma at the office of Island Dentistry for Children last December. She died a month later on January 3rd. The office has since closed permanently. The autopsy report reveals that little Finley had no underlying heart problems nor did she suffer from an allergic reaction to the sedatives administered. This directs suspicions back to previous reports which show that at 38 lbs, Finley was given maximum and …

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The Consumer Voice Calls on Federal Government to Increase Nursing Home Staff

Tad Thomas, Esq. A few days ago, we blogged about an important new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). Highlighted in the story is that roughly one-third of skilled nursing residents are being harmed, and nearly 60% of those incidents of harm, such as infections, blood clots, and bleeding due to medication,  are preventable. So what’s the cause behind this scary trend? According to the OIG, failure or delay of care is a culprit, which is partially caused by insufficient numbers of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified …

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One-Third of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Largely Preventable Events

Brian Nettles, Esq. A new report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services has revealed that roughly one-third of all nursing home patients are harmed by their treatment and that nearly 60% of those cases are preventable. The OIG estimates that care costs associated with such events add up to nearly $4.4 billion annually ($2.8 billion in just hospital visits). The report is the most comprehensive nursing home safety study ever done by the federal government. The Congressionally backed study analyzed hospital data from 2008-2012 of Medicare beneficiaries. They found that …

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