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Woman awarded $22 million after procedure left her paralyzed

Medical malpractice can happen anywhere in the country, from California to Maryland. However, anyone who is hurt due to the negligence of a physician may seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. No one is required to simply accept the mistakes of another person, especially if that means a person must endure serious pain and suffering.

Alcohol addiction may lead to surgical errors

According to a study published in the Archives of Surgery, more than one in seven surgeons is either addicted to alcohol or struggles with alcohol abuse. The research also found that the rates of alcohol addiction are almost two times higher among female surgeons than male surgeons. Rates are also higher among young, unattached surgeons than older surgeons with children who are in happy relationships.

Maryland hospitals trying new strategy to settle medical malpractice cases

Maryland hospitals are attempting a new strategy to resolve medical malpractice cases faster. The new practice involves referring patients to attorneys. According to MedStar Health, one of Maryland's largest health care providers, the new strategy appears to work well.

Many medical professionals fail to report errors

Whether you live in Maryland or elsewhere, medical errors are something to be concerned about. In a recently released report issued by the U.S. Office of Inspector General, it was shown that hospital staff only report one in seven events that cause harm to patients. This included reporting by doctors, nurses, nursing aids and support staff.

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