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How Common Are Hospital Errors?

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According to a July 2013 CBS News report, missed diagnoses are the most common medical malpractice claims, accounting for between 26 and 63 percent of total cases. In addition, between 15 to 48 percent of missed diagnoses cases result in death. Some of the most common missed diagnoses in adult cases are cancer and heart attacks, while meningitis and cancers are the most commonly misdiagnosed cases for children.

After misdiagnoses, medication errors are the next common cause of medical malpractice claims. In fact, medication errors account for between six to 20 percent of medical malpractice claims. Medication errors occur when a health care provider administers an incorrect dosage of medication or fails to notice if a patient is allergic to a certain type of medication. A healthcare provider may accidently administer the wrong dosage because he or she misreads the medication label or misreads another doctor’s prescription notes.  

If a healthcare provider fails to diagnose a medical condition or administer the right dosage of medication, he or she can be held legally responsible for related-injuries. If you would like to learn more about medical malpractice in Long Island, call Pegalis & Erickson at (516) 684-2900.

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Interesting article on end of life care entitled " The Hospital Is No Place for the Elderly"

 Interesting article on end of life care entitled” The Hospital Is No Place for the Elderly” “Hospitals are hugely dangerous and inappropriately used,” says George Taler of Georgetown Univ. and the long-term care director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “They are a great place to be if you have no choice but to risk your life to get better.” http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/12/the-home-remedy-for-old-age/354680/#comments

For many, the worst place of all is the intensive-care unit, that alien planet where, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 29 percent of Medicare beneficiaries wind up in their last month of life. “The focus appears to be on providing curative care in the acute hospital,” an accompanying editorial said, “regardless of the likelihood of benefit or preferences of patients.”

Taler can attest to one of the more peculiar elements of this situation, which is that a better model—namely, providing care and support at home—has been known and used for decades. 

Debunking Common Myths About Medical Malpractice

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If you have been successfully treated by a doctor or nurse, you know how valuable these professionals are. But like all people, medical professionals make mistakes—some of which are pure chance, but other mistakes are due to negligence. Some people are surprised to hear about large payouts from medical malpractice cases, but doctors and hospitals that are reckless with patient diagnoses and treatment should be accountable for their negligence. Here’s the truth behind common medical malpractice myths:    

MYTH: Medical malpractice cases drive up healthcare costs

Some people assume that the cost of malpractice insurance and malpractice payouts leave hospitals with little money to pay for supplies and treatment, thus driving up the cost for patients. A Dartmouth study revealed that medical malpractice accounted for only $11 out of every $1000 spent on hospital services.

MYTH: There are too many frivolous cases

Some people think that medical malpractice plaintiffs/patients  try to “work the system” by filing frivolous lawsuits and hoping for a large settlement. However, most medical malpractice lawyers are only paid on contingency, and only take cases they know they can win. A Harvard study found that 97% of all medical malpractice claims are legitimate and involve people who are seriously hurt.

MYTH: Medical malpractice suits affect hospitals, not doctors

When a medical malpractice settlement is awarded, some people argue that it’s the hospital that ends up suffering, rather than the doctor. In fact, often both the doctor and the hospital are held accountable; the doctor for his negligence, and in certain situations, the hospital for creating the conditions wherein a doctor could be negligent. In the end, the hospital may penalize the negligent doctor or dismiss him altogether.

The attorneys of Pegalis & Erickson can answer all of your medical malpractice questions and walk you through the process. We help victims of birth injuries, cancer diagnostic delays and errors, and other types of medical mistakes obtain fair compensation for their damages. Call our Long Island office at (516) 684-2900 to speak with a skilled attorney

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