Collecting Evidence for a Medical Malpractice Case: What You Should Know

Medical malpractice cases have earned a reputation as being long and complicated and a large part of that assumption comes from the collection of evidence. Occurring during the “discovery” phase, the lawyer and plaintiff work to gather relevant medical records and history, including the identification of witnesses who are knowledgeable about the incident. During the…

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How Often Does Medical Malpractice Occur?

Patients rarely expect to be the victim of medical malpractice. You might think, “These errors don’t happen very often.” Yet, while no single figure exists, the reported number of medical malpractice claims falls drastically below the actual number of occurrences in the US. Reports Versus Estimates Some estimate that only one in every eight errors…

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Common Surgical Errors That Lead to Malpractice Claims

In order for a case to qualify as malpractice, a doctor’s conduct needs to fall below the medically accepted standard, causing harm to the patient. Not being satisfied with the outcome of a medical procedure is not sufficient enough for filing a malpractice lawsuit. Yet, certain instances are clear indicators. Common Surgical Errors Some of…

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Why is Weight Loss Surgery Seeing More Medical Malpractice Claims?

Bariatric surgery is an invasive procedure, one in which a surgeon reroutes, staples or adds a band to the stomach and small intestines. Yet, as obesity rates continue to rise, the procedure has not only experienced greater demand, but higher reported instances of medical malpractice as well. Why is this occurring? Less-Experienced Surgeons Research indicates…

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When Can You Sue a Hospital for Medical Malpractice?

As you’re entering the early stages of a medical malpractice lawsuit, you wonder who you should sue for the negligence leading to an error that negatively impacted your health. Most claims name the doctor as the defendant. Yet, in certain instances, you may want to pursue the hospital. Why the Hospital? Realize that doctors typically…

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