California placed a cap on non-economic damages (i.e., pain and suffering) in medical malpractice cases in 1975, and was followed shortly thereafter by a number of states enacting similar legislation. The majority of states now place some limit on patients' recoveries for medical mistakes.
You might consider it reasonable to expect that a nurse in a hospital or clinical setting will speak up when he or she witnesses medical malpractice or incompetence on the part of another medical professional that either will with certainty or could result in medical harm to a patient.
Jury selection began yesterday in a New Orleans court in a class-action lawsuit alleging hospital negligence during and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit - filed on behalf of patients against Memorial Medical Center and its parent company, Tenet Healthcare Corporation - is certain to be among the largest of its kind ever filed in the United States.
One of our recent blog posts discussing harm visited upon patients by medical error (hospital negligence) occurring in U.S. hospitals cited a statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that nearly 100,000 Americans die annually from infections they receive while being treated at a medical facility.
It is estimated that approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65 each day of the year. Admittedly, that is a burgeoning population, and what many health care experts find worrisome is that the group as a whole is starkly underserved when it comes to receiving preventive health care screenings and vaccinations.
Patient safety experts are known to make the following observation, which makes for very sobering reading: The number of people killed by medical error (i.e., hospital negligence) in the United States annually is roughly equal to the number of passengers that would die on three fully-packed super-sized jets crashing every other day for an entire year.
Doctor Michael Carney, an expert in ovarian cancer, has this to say about elderly patients with the disease and the medical treatment they receive: "Similar to all ages, the Medicare population should receive the best we have to offer."
There has been intense federal scrutiny on hospitals over the past couple years in light of reports of doctors placing unnecessary stents in patients. Stents are a big business. Medicare alone spent $25.7 billion on cardiac stent procedures from 2004 to 2009. While the wasted spending is alarming, even worse are the medical risks and collateral damage suffered by the victims of the physician fraud.
In mid 2007, the director of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn noticed something that flatly stunned him: a full-body X-ray - head to toe - of an infant, with no gonadal shielding.
A recent investigation by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission ("NRC") has brought sanctions against two men centrally involved in performing prostate cancer procedures at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. It is a medical malpractice inquiry of sufficient scope and magnitude to warrant stark criticisms from the NRC, with one commission spokesperson, Viktoria Mitlyng, flatly stating that, "Most of the treatments performed were wrong."