Medical Malpractice Newsletters
Electronic Fetal Monitoring and Malpractice
Certain policies adopted by hospitals concerning diagnostic studies made in an emergency room setting may lead to malpractice claims against the institution. Frequently, a treating physician orders an x-ray, a CAT scan, or an MRI for a patient who has presented himself or herself in the emergency room. If the hospital’s policy permits the treating physician to read the diagnostic test, the patient may be discharged if the reading is interpreted by the emergency room physician as negative. As a general rule, the x-ray or other test is usually later reviewed by a radiologist. If this radiologist disagrees with the interpretation made by the emergency room physician, the patient should be notified and instructed to return to the hospital. However, what happens if the hospital is unable to locate the discharged patient or if the problem has substantially worsened without treatment? A potential malpractice action.
Judicial Reduction of Damage Awards
Peer Review Privilege and Medical Malpractice
No matter how “routine” a procedure, surgery is always risky. However, not every bad result from surgery is caused by malpractice. Unintended and non-negligent complications arise every day, such as death from an undetected allergic reaction or infection that is guarded against, diagnosed, and treated in a timely and proper fashion but that nevertheless has a devastating effect on the patient’s recovery.