Medical Malpractice

How Hospital Prescription Medication Errors Occur

In March 2022, RaDonda Vaught was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide for giving a patient the wrong drug. When she overrode a search function for the hospital’s electronic medication cabinet, she accidentally selected a strong paralytic medication instead of the prescribed sedative. Her patient died as a result.  Similar hospital prescription medication errors have

Rushed Out of the ER – Is Early Discharge Medical Malpractice?

Unfortunately, emergency room errors occur all the time. Whether a patient was forgotten, prescribed the wrong medication, or mistreated for an entirely different illness, early discharge mistakes happen frequently. However, the hecticness of an emergency room may also prompt personnel to discharge a patient before receiving proper care. Mistakes happen, but they can also cause

Hospital Liability for Infections

Hospitals should be seen as a community’s safe place – a place where people treat their ailments, recover, and heal. But too often, hospitals make matters worse. Instead of havens of health, these institutions can fester with infections and become centers for breeding bacteria and germs.  In 2018, J.R. Baker was a nurse at Cherokee

Who is Responsible for a Prescription Medication Error?

Medication errors can have a negative and lasting impact on a patient’s health and wellness. Typically referred to adverse drug events (ADE), an ADE occurs when a patient is exposed to a medication and is harmed from that exposure. Not all ADE’s occur because healthcare providers were negligent in their duties to prescribe or distribute

What is Medical Malpractice, and Why Does it Happen?

According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins patient safety experts, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 17,000 medical malpractice claims are filed in the United States each year. What Is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice occurs when a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional deviates from the

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