A clinician prescribes an antidepressant to a young woman without immediate follow-up.
In response to a federal initiative, a school clinician immunizes a child—but without parental consent.
A clinician finds herself culpable after agreeing to an unorthodox arrangement with a patient.
A Brooklyn woman with a missed lung cancer diagnosis was unable to file a malpractice suit under New York state's statute of limitations.
Medical identity theft and data security breaches are growing, with thousands of cases reported per year.
An elderly man opted for "no heroics" if things went wrong in surgery, but his family felt differently.
Hogan alleges he underwent several unnecessary endoscopic procedures that destabilized his injured back and significantly damaged his earnings potential as a professional wrestler.
What do you do when patient charts have been changed after the fact and medication doses altered?
During an average career spanning 40 years, clinicians will spend more than 10% of the time with an unresolved malpractice claim.
U.S. surgeons make mistakes, such as leaving a foreign object inside a patient's body or performing operations on the wrong part of the body, frequently.
An eager, young clinician makes a serious mistake that causes a heart attack.
Who is at fault when an unattended patient is found cyanotic and unresponsive?
A woman in her early 60s presented with chest pain and was miscategorized in the emergency department.
Miscommunication among hospital staff was cited as the top reason why respondents believe most medical mistakes occur.
The program allows clinicians to acknowledge making a mistake without it being used as an admission of liability.
According to the decision, the cap "infringes on the jury's constitutionally protected purpose of determining the amount of damages sustained by an injured party."
A lack of communication between a surgeon and an anesthetist has disastrous consequences.
The new law incentivizes defendants in medical malpractice cases to make settlement offers early in the litigation process to cut back on the time, expenses and uncertainty associated with malpractice lawsuits.
Was a clinician negligent in the administration of a standard drug used for treating pancreatitis?
A steadfast clinician gets into trouble when she examines a minor without express verbal consent.
Including a patient photograph on a verification screen in electronic health records could help prevent clinicians from placing incorrect orders.
A Bronx jury awarded close to $120 million to a woman who suffered brain damage after being treated at three New York area hospitals.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can take anywhere between 20 months to 44 months to be resolved, study findings suggest.
Accusations of racial discrimination are raised against an unsuspecting supervisor.
A former airman who lost his legs due to a botched gallbladder surgery is challenging the Feres Doctrine and suing the U.S. government, the Air Force and the David Grant Medical Center for medical malpractice.
New York state spent the most in malpractice payouts in 2011.
Clinicians' ability to provide patient care may be impaired immediately after surgical catastrophes, but few report receiving time off.
Malpractice laims in which an indemnity payment was made were associated with higher mean defense costs -- $45,070 vs. $17,130 -- an analysis reveals.
A patient undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging claims the IV led to nerve damage.
A serious accident during a patient's discharge leads to potentially life-threatening injuries and a lawsuit.
When a patient does not comply with medical recommendations, how do you protect yourself?
A nurse's careless mishandling of medical evidence jeopardizes a criminal rape case and causes undue emotional harm.
Many more medical errors are reported when the process is anonymous and the health-care environment is nonpunitive, study results indicate.
Medical errors, including pressure ulcers and leaving surgical instruments in patients, increased in Indiana hospitals despite statewide programs intended to reduce mistakes.
Judge-directed negotiation programs consist of a judge with malpractice expertise helping facilitate negotiations between both parties, without imposing settlement amounts. If the parties are not happy with the process, they can opt to have the case go through the court system in the normal manner.
Post-surgical complications from a routine procedure and lack of follow-up land a clinician in court.
A young clinician working in a depressed urban area gives medical advice over the phone to a mother concerned about her child's abdominal pain, and then must pay the consequences.
An employee at the medical malpractice firm representing cardiologist, Mark Midei, MD, who has been accused of performing unnecessary stent procedures, misplaced a hard drive containing patient medical records. Should law firms be subject to HIPAA regulations?
A doctor with Lambert Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome was mistakenly administered insulin by a nurse who neglected to read a note in his medical history specifying the patient could not receive the drug.
Exorbitant pain and suffering awards have been blamed for high clinician insurance premiums and increases in overall health insurance costs, but a new report shows that capping payments did not solve these problems.
Can a clinician be sued for battery if a patient objects to a medical treatment, even after giving consent?
An eager, young clinician learns the hard way that discretion is the first rule of law in medicine.
If a patient has a nonfunctional arteriovenous (AV) shunt in one arm and a functional shunt used for dialysis in the other, does the avoidance of an IV access in the arm with the nonfunctional shunt still apply?
Many patients seek clinician approval before undertaking various fasting and detoxification regimens.
Navigating social media is especially tough for young professionals. Did a nursing student cross the line?
Tragedy strikes when a clinician signs an athlete's release form without waiting for test results.
Two clinicians failed to refer a longstanding patient, even though they knew of a history of familial risk.
A middle-aged man suffers a devastating stroke when his clinicians fail to pick up on his symptoms.
Undetected vascular disease reaches its apex while a man is vacationing. Is the on-call clinician to blame?
Emergency department (ED) doctors spend less time directly caring for patients, and more time on indirect care; and frequent interruptions while working are a contributing factor to medical errors.