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Keck Hospital Leaves Surgical Instrument Inside Patient

Los Angeles' Keck Hospital was recently cited by state regulators for a medical malpractice incident in which a foreign object was left in a patient's chest. A report from the California Department of Public Health indicates that a patient came to the hospital for a redo of a stemotomy and aortic valve replacement.

Couple Wins Wrongful Birth Medical Malpractice Claim

A jury recently awarded $3 million to a Portland-area couple in a wrongful birth case. These types of lawsuits are extremely rare and can be awkward for many parents to bring. The parents alleged that a hospital failed to properly do a chromosomal test which would have revealed that their daughter would be born with Down syndrome.

Study Exposes The Myth of Tort Reform

The growing cost of healthcare is one of the most pressing issues in California and the entire country. Many politicians and doctors blame the increase in medical costs on medical malpractice lawsuits and unnecessary "defense medicine" practices used to ward off malpractice claims.

California Woman Wins $22 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

A Palo Alto-based hospital group was recently hit with a $22 million medical malpractice verdict after a woman suffered a stroke during an unnecessary surgery recommended by her doctor. Medical malpractice is a common issue in hospitals throughout California and sometimes results in devastating injuries to a patient.

Medication Errors Linked to Wrongful Deaths, Injuries

A study into prescription errors indicates that medication errors are shockingly common and often lead to the wrongful death of patients. One study of Canadian hospitals found that one in 13 patients suffered from a medical malpractice and that a quarter of these medical errors were drug-related.

Study: Poor Patients Less Likely to File Medmal Claims

A recently released study indicates that poorer patients are less likely to file medical malpractice claims than wealthier patients. The study, which was published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, goes against the belief of some physicians that lower income patients are more likely to complain about the care that they receive.

Low-Income Patients Miss Out on Malpractice Claims

Californians who believe they have been harmed by a physician's errors can seek compensation through filing a medical malpractice claim. Unfortunately, some injured patients tend not to exercise this right and may never be compensated for what happened to them. A recent study has revealed that low-income people in particular are less likely to sue their doctors than patients in other income groups.

Is tort reform really needed?

There has been a lot of media coverage of the tort reform issue. The term "tort reform" refers to laws that are passed by the states to limit or cap the damages that a plaintiff might receive in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Tort reform has become a hot issue for politicians and the phrase is bandied about as a way to demonstrate fiscal responsibility.

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