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Recent Patient E.Coli Exposure Reveals Issue of Hospital Negligence

On March 4th, the Courant reported that Hartford Hospital contacted 281 patients exposed to a drug-resistant strain of E. Coli. While not the superbug from UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai outbreaks in California, the incident stems from the same scope. According to multiple reports, this scope is nearly impossible to fully disinfect, and received an…

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Four Common Issues That Arise When Gathering Evidence for a Medical Malpractice Claim

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical professional fails to exercise “reasonably skilled and careful” treatment, resulting in a life-changing injury. In response, the pre-trial process of gathering evidence leans toward proving malpractice indeed occurred. The process tends to be extensive and results in a claim that lasts two years on average. Before…

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Pennsylvania Considers Medical Malpractice Apology Law

As of 2013, 36 states have medical malpractice apology laws; essentially, a medical professional can apologize or sympathize with a patient if a procedure does not go as planned without having the statement be considered an admission of guilt in a court of law. Connecticut and Massachusetts – two states where Trantolo & Trantolo’s medical…

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Medical Malpractice Costs Down Year to Year

A Huffington Post article from a doctor talking about his lower medical malpractice insurance costs got significant attention in legal and medical communities at the end of last week. What’s particularly notable is, the doctor reveals that the costs of medical malpractice insurance, as well as claims, have been down over the past 10 years….

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Recent Studies Reveal Medical Errors More Common Than Previously Believed

A 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine stated that 98,000 individuals die yearly because of medical errors. However, data for these findings originated in 1984. As a result, John T. James, Ph.D., examined more recent studies for Patient Safety America to determine more accurate figures. The results – more than four-fold the 1998 numbers…

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