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Recognizing the Signs of Medical Malpractice

A person who has been injured by medical malpractice should realize it is important to recognize some common signs.  A primary sign to watch for is the worsening symptoms after treatment.  Additional signs to look for is unexplained complications, lack of communication from the healthcare provider or a lack of transparencey when information is sought.  Further, a patient should trust their own judgment when they think that something is just not right.

Being injured by a…

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Hospital Falls

A fall in a hospital can lead to liability issues for the institution.  When under a hospital's care, the hospital is expected to take reasonable measures to ensure patient safety.  If a patient falls and is injured and it is discovered the the hospital was negligent or failed to take reasonable measures to prevent the fall a legal claim could be made by the injured party.  In order to prevent hospital falls, the hospital should peform a fall risk assessment of all patients…

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Surgical Errors Can Lead to Medical Malpractice

Surgeons and their staff are trained in their professions.  However, when an error is made during surgery, they may be liable for medical malpractice.  There are many reasons that a surgical error can occur. In some cases, the health care provider does not have the proper skill or training to perform the procedure in a competent manner. In other cases, the decision to operate in the first place was not appropriate and conservative care should have been taken before undergoing…

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What is Informed Consent?

The Wisconsin law for "informed consent" is found in Wis. Stat. 448.30.  The law requires that a physician treating a patient inform the patient about the availability of reasonable alternate medical modes of treatment and about the benefits and risks of those treatments.  The statute adopts the reasonable physician standard.  This is different than what was used in the past when the reaonable patient standard was used for informed consent.   The reasonable physician…

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Define a Hospital Adverse Event

A hospital adverse event refers to any negative or unintended occurrence that happens to a patient from during their medical care or time spent in the hospital.  The event might be the result of system failures, medical errors or other causes that lead to patient injury or death.  Adverse events can encompass a wide range of scenarios including surgical complications, infections, medication errors, patient identification, poor training and improper use of technology.


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