A clinician misses a differential diagnosis when she refers a patient to a specialist for rectal bleeding.
A healthcare provider is sued when a patient is determined to believe that she has more than a sore throat.
A student's headaches, lethargy, vomiting, and photophobia are misdiagnosed as migraine.
A woman has a myocardial infarction after her chest symptoms are misdiagnosed as acid reflux.
A child deals with the consequences of a lesser vaccine, because a medical practice did not update its immunization policies.
A patient is asked to follow up for care but does not, and severe cellulitis develop
A patient's positive hepatitis B results were overlooked for 7 years.
A clinician sends an 18-year-old patient for a same-day MRI but forgets to review the results with the same urgency.
It is well-accepted that healthcare practitioners have a duty to their patients, but do patients have a duty as well?
Several reports have found that the rate of adverse events among hospitalized patients has been declining in recent years.
A communication failure when one clinician refills a prescription written by another has a dire result.
A clinician was found not guilty of negligence after his patient, a lifelong smoker, died of cancer.
A significant number of hospitals do not have sufficient policies in place to deal with the aftermath of egregious hospital errors.
A medical center takes issue with a clinician who uses her employee access to view her ex-husband's medical records.
Duty of care owed to a nurse practitioner's patient by a collaborative practice partner comes into question.
A clinician turns away a man looking for assistance before a walk-in clinic is open for the day.
A nurse divulges a patient's sexually transmitted disease to his girlfriend, who happens to be the nurse's sister-in-law.
A patient's widow asserts that the clinician should have checked hospital records taken prior to admission.
A patient got into a car accident after clinicians failed to warn her of the side effects of the drugs they administered to her.
The number of medical malpractice claims made against anesthesiologists has significantly decreased since 2005.
Denmark's compensation-based medical malpractice program has several features that could benefit the current malpractice system in the United States.
Clinicians are more likely to have been sued if they practice in obstetrics/gynecology, surgery, or orthopedics.
The attorney general of Florida has filed a brief defending the state's current monetary cap on medical malpractice awards.
Since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, patient deaths due to hospital-acquired infections have dropped by almost 90,000.
After an inconclusive autopsy, a hospital refuses to return a deceased patient's heart to his widow.
After their daughter died from a brain injury, her parents are suing their health insurance company for breaching fiduciary duties.
So-called "defensive medicine" accounts for extra, perhaps unnecessary, healthcare costsS
Many hospitals are unwilling to adopt policies that can reduce errors.
Wisconsin has the lowest medical malpractice claims in the country, which may be due to caps on noneconomic damages.
Clinicians in the operating room were sued for defamation after insulting a patient while he was under anesthesia.