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Category: Professional Liability

Quality Medical Treatment — An Exercise in Responsibility

07/28/2010
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Following published reports and extensive media coverage regarding egregious behaviors in the medical profession, public awareness of physician and hospital errors has increased. Despite that increased attention, data suggests that the rate of reporting by physicians is lower than it should be. In the JAMA July 14 issue, one of […]

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Caring About Conduct

02/17/2010
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In legal cases, a term regularly shows up: “standard of care”. It is talked about, defined and ruled on by the court. In many state statutes, the term is defined as something similar to: “that level of care, skill, and treatment which, in light of all relevant surrounding circumstances, is […]

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Justice for All? Not Always.

11/3/2009
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In his June 11, 1963 civil rights address, President John F. Kennedy confronted head-on the unfair treatment of African Americans in our society under our then-existing system of laws. President Kennedy, in imploring Congress to pass fundamental civil rights legislation, stated: “…the old code of equity law under which we […]

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Fertility Clinics Need Zero Tolerance for Error

09/28/2009
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Recently, a woman was impregnated at a fertility clinic with another woman’s embryo.  The woman has decided to give birth and give the baby to the biological mother.  This preventable and heart breaking mistake should not have happened. There have also been mistakes in which parents have had their eggs […]

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Helping Your Physician to Do No Harm

08/10/2009
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There is an old saying that if you have your health you have everything.  Anyone who has ever suffered a debilitating injury or lost a loved one to injury or disease knows this reality all too well.  We are also told by medical experts that an ounce of prevention is […]

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More Pain From a Pump

10/16/2008
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Patients who undergo shoulder, knee and ankle surgery often experience significant pain; particularly immediately post surgery. To try and manage that pain, physicians have often employed the use of pain pumps. These pumps inject pain killer into the body in a regulated fashion to minimize pain, while controlling the tendency […]

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