Falls in the Emergency Room

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When you seek treatment for a medical condition at an emergency room, the last thing you expect is to sustain a new injury. Although ironic, falls in the emergency room are extremely common in New Jersey and across the United States. An adult falls in the emergency room every 15 seconds. Every 29 seconds, an adult dies from a fall in the emergency department. It is estimated that between 700,000 and 1 million people fall […]

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Why July 4th is a Dangerous Holiday for Medical Malpractice

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July 4th has been recognized as among the most dangerous holidays of the year in the United States. Although we associate Independence Day with patriotism and feelings of pride to be American, tragedies during Fourth of July celebrations and accidents during holiday travel are highly common. As such, hospitals and emergency rooms are often crowded with people who have suffered injuries in the days before and after the holiday. With this in mind, hospitals and […]

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DVT Misdiagnosis: A Common Form of Medical Malpractice

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that manifests in the formation of blood clots in the pelvis or legs. While blood clotting is an essential bodily function, it can be dangerous when a blood clot forms in the wrong place. When doctors fail to diagnose or misdiagnose DVT, a blood clot can quickly turn deadly. Misdiagnosing deep vein thrombosis is a common medical mistake, often occurring in emergency rooms and hospitals in New […]

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Affidavit of Merit for a New Jersey Medical Malpractice Claim

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There are many steps involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey. One of the first and most important steps in the process of filing a medical malpractice claim is called the Affidavit of Merit. An Affidavit of Merit, also known as a Certification of Merit, is intended to demonstrate to the court that a claim has enough validity to warrant litigation. The purpose of the Affidavit of Merit (AOM) is to save the State […]

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New Research Sheds Light on Electronic Health Records and Medical Malpractice

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When electronic health records (EHRs) were initially developed, many in the medical community heralded the digitization of patients’ medical records as a significant step toward increasing patient safety. Since then, over 90 percent of hospitals and 80 percent of doctors’ offices have adopted EHR practices. Although electronic health records provide many benefits, including the ability to access and share patients’ charts instantly across a variety of healthcare settings, a new study revealed the rising tide of medical […]

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When an Undiagnosed Heart Attack Leads to Cardiac Arrest

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The medical malpractice lawsuit of woman whose heart attack went undiagnosed was recently settled for $3.5 million. The victim, a mother of two, died after her heart condition was wrongly diagnosed as pneumonia, which ultimately led to cardiac arrest. 41-year-old Kristine Coleman was experiencing severe left shoulder pain that traveled down her left arm when she was admitted to Geisinger Community Medical Center on February 6, 2012. They initially ordered a cardiac evaluation, which included a cardiac […]

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Heart Attacks: Silent Killers when Doctors Miss Early Signs

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Heart attacks are truly silent killers, in more ways than were previously recognized. Researchers in the U.K. recently investigated the incidence of heart attacks that led to deaths after being “missed” by doctors. So, what did they find? Patients were exhibiting symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and fainting up to one month before their deaths. In fact, as many as one in six people who died of a heart attack in a four-year […]

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Study Reveals 7 Surgeries Lead to 80 Percent of Deaths

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Consider this: over 3 million Americans undergo surgery each year in the United States. Some of these procedures are routine, scheduled in advance, with a low risk of complications. Others are emergent, life-saving interventions brought on by sudden, dangerous medical events. Among all surgeries, emergency general surgery (EGS) accounts for 11 percent of admissions and 50 percent of surgical mortality in the United States. Perhaps more shockingly, a study identified that 7 surgeries account for 80 percent of […]

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Is it Medical Malpractice if New Jersey Doctors Fail to Recognize Child Abuse?

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It is a terrible question, but one that needs answering: can a doctor be held liable for medical malpractice in New Jersey if he or she fails to recognize that a child is the victim of abuse? According to a recent decision in South Jersey, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Specifically, a medical malpractice claim was brought against two doctors who failed to diagnose a broken leg in a 2-month-old boy who was being abused. The young boy […]

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When a Doctor Fails to Diagnose Appendicitis in New Jersey

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Abdominal pain is an extremely common symptom that may be indicative of a wide variety of conditions. In fact, between five and ten percent of the patients who enter emergency rooms cite abdominal pain as one of their symptoms. This can be problematic for patients who suffer from more acute and life-threatening conditions, such as appendicitis, because doctors may not immediately identify appendicitis as the underlying cause of their abdominal pain. In fact, misdiagnosis of appendicitis […]

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