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Age can play a role in medical malpractice

While other professions require regular health screenings to ensure that those working in the field are still capable of doing so, no such requirement exists for doctors. Today, many doctors choose to continue working past the traditional retirement age of 65. In some cases, this can lead to malpractice and cause harm to patients. Those living in the Washington D.C. area who feel they have been the victim of medical malpractice should understand that they may have the right to seek compensation.

Hyattsville nursing home accused of neglect

People expect their medical team to provide adequate care and help them recover from injury and disease. When that trust is breached by negligence, it can lead to tragedy and heartbreak for all involved. Medical professionals or facilities which provide inadequate care can be held accountable for nursing home neglect, and those who have received such treatment should educate themselves about the various forms of compensation that might be available to them.

St. Joseph Medical Center doctors sued for medical malpractice

Medical malpractice claims commonly originate from situations in which doctors, nurses or hospitals provide substandard care that dramatically affects the health of patients. Medical negligence can take many different forms, from a lack of care or treatment to unnecessary procedures that result in unnecessary expenses and complications. Recently, medical malpractice claims were filed on behalf of 39 patients with Maryland's HealthCare Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.

$55 million verdict in Baltimore medical malpractice suit

A child's cerebral palsy was blamed on doctors in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Johns Hopkins after a 2010 birth resulted in a delayed C-section, which deprived the unborn child of oxygen. Apparently a Baltimore, Maryland, jury agreed and awarded the family an unprecedented $55 million in damages. Initially, the mother attempted to give birth at home with the services of a midwife, however when the child became caught during delivery, she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section.

Medical malpractice bill exempting 'free' doctors fails

A bill that seeks to exempt doctors who offer free medical care from malpractice lawsuits has failed to pass in the final legislative session in another state. In an election year in which medical malpractice reform is a hot topic in the Washington D.C. area and around the country, this particular bill, as do many medical malpractice reform efforts, has fierce support and opposition.

Doctors handwritten prescriptions could prove to be fatal

Although many Maryland residents have moved beyond handwritten communications and dictation in the workplace, the vast majority of doctors are still handwriting their prescriptions. Some of these handwritten prescriptions result in medication errors and could prove fatal for some patients if they receive the wrong medication or dosage due to a transcription error. Doctors are famous for their chicken-scratch handwriting, so why are they still doing this in the age computer technology and electronic communications?

Feres Doctrine challenged in medical malpractice lawsuit

The Feres Doctrine is a 62-year-old legal precedent that protects the United States government under the Federal Tort Claims Act from liability for injuries suffered by active duty service members. Maryland residents may already know that medical malpractice and tort reform is a rather hot-topic of discussion today among voters and the press. More and more states are protecting health care providers with laws that limit the amount of non-economic liability for injuries suffered through the negligence of doctors and other health care providers.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs pays for medical malpractice

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs paid out $940,000 in cases involving the wrongful deaths of eight patients at the Dayton, Ohio, VA Medical Center. This same clinic was also involved in allegations last year of a dentist at the clinic using improper hygiene for years, according to public records. These records show that since 2007 this southwestern Ohio medical center has been hit with 72 medical malpractice claims.

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