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Can Admitting a Medical Error Have an Impact on a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Traditionally, healthcare providers have followed a “defend and deny” approach to medical errors. Medical professionals accused of mistakes usually would remain silent out of fear that an apology or admission of error would result in legal fees and an unwinnable medical malpractice lawsuit. But research shows that full disclosure and apologizing for errors do not…

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Pediatrician Group Issues Recommendations to Reduce Medication Errors

All moms and dads know that medical appointments for their children are a big part of their parental duties. Kids need routine checkups. Parents sometimes need to rush a child to an emergency room to treat an injury from an accident or a sudden illness. Whatever the reason for seeing a pediatrician or visiting an…

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Chicago Jury Awards $45 Million In Case Involving Murdered Toddler

CHICAGO (March 28, 2018) – A jury recently ordered a social services agency to pay a record-setting $45 million in damages after determining the agency was negligent in a case involving a murdered boy. The jury award is the largest in Illinois history in a case involving the death of a toddler. Two-year-old Lavandis Hudson…

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$45 Million Verdict Highlights Deadly Negligence In Foster Care

In late March 2018, a Cook County, Illinois jury returned a $45 million recovery in the case of a toddler who died after being negligently returned to his abusive mother’s care. The case, Estate of Lavandis Hudson vs. Lutheran Social Services Inc., centered on gross negligence in the foster care system. If proper procedures had been…

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New Law in Illinois Aims to Reduce Opioid Abuse and Prevent Doctor Shopping

Doctors often prescribe pain killers for people who have been injured or are recovering from surgery. While these medications can be highly effective, they also can pose a threat to patients who might become addicted. A pain-killer addiction can cause a downward spiral and may lead to a practice known as “doctor-shopping.” A person in…

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Surgical Start Time Medical Errors

A new study finds that patients who undergo a neurosurgical procedure between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. face a higher risk of complications compared to those who get operated on earlier in the day. The findings were published in Neurosurgery, which reported on a study that…

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Who is Responsible for Complications in Robot-Assisted Surgery?

The rapid advance of technology has changed the way we carry out our daily lives. Every aspect of modern life shows impact from recent discoveries and inventions, and one area where this change is strongly evident is in the field of medicine. In 2000, the FDA approved the use of…

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Serious Nursing Home Abuse Goes Unreported

A recent government alert sheds light on an alarming problem in nursing homes: many serious cases of nursing home abuse go unreported. Investigators who looked at records from 2015 to 2016 found 134 cases of abuse that involved physical and sexual assault of nursing home residents….

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