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Surgical site infections pose serious risks to patients

Medical malpractice is serious problem in the United States. While politicians like to discuss medical malpractice as some abstract legal or economic concept, what many people forget is that there are real people who have suffered real pain in every medical malpractice claim. Maryland readers may be interested to learn that one of the leading causes of patient injury in the United States are infections which develop both during and after surgical operations.

Family files malpractice suit for failure to diagnose meningitis

Last week was Patient Safety Awareness Week in the United States. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness about the many serious acts of medical negligence that occur every year in the United States. According to a report issued by the Institute of Medicine, more than 90,000 people die in the U.S each year from serious medical errors or adverse medical events. Maryland patients may be interested in reading about some of the following statistics.

Family files malpractice suit for failure to diagnose meningitis

As readers may recall, this blog recently focused on a study looking into diagnostic errors among primary care physicians. Diagnostic errors include both erroneous diagnosis and the failure to diagnose a particular condition, which are both mistakes that can be life threatening. Furthermore, individuals injured due to medical mistakes such as the failure to diagnose may be eligible for damages. Maryland residents might be interested to read about such a case currently taking place in the state of Massachusetts.

Diagnostic errors are far more common than people think

There are many types of medical mistakes, from administrative errors to surgical mistakes. While the patient safety movement has focused largely on hospital negligence, little has been said about primary care doctors. Maryland readers may be interested to learn that primary care doctors may pose the same risks as hospitals.

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