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California medical malpractice lawyersAdmitting that you have made a mistake and then apologizing for it might seem like the common sense thing to do, but as most people know, it is not always that simple. There are situations in which admitting a mistake can result in criminal consequences. Then there are those that can lead to litigation. One prime example of the latter is in medical malpractice, which is probably why about one-fourth of all doctors consider it acceptable to cover up their medical errors.

Yet, the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and even the Code of Medical Ethics encourage honesty and transparency among doctors. Why, then, does this issue exist, and is there a way it can be remedied? Perhaps, but the biggest concern is how the dishonesty and lack of disclosure can impact the lives of patients and their families. Learn more about these issues, including what it could mean for your medical malpractice case, with help from the following information.

Examining the Severity of the Problem

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California medical malpractice lawyersAfter the release of a John’s Hopkins study, in which it was determined that medical error is now the third leading cause of death in America, experts and advocates started taking a closer look at some of the worst performing hospitals across the nation. One group, 24/7 Wall Street, even compiled a list of the worst ten metro hospitals in the country. Three California cities hold spots on that list. What does this mean for patients in California, and what rights do victims of medical malpractice have? The following information explains further.

A Closer Look at the Findings

The California three cities that made a list of the ten worst metro area hospitals in America include Visalia-Porterville, Yuba City, and El Centro. Visalia-Porterville had mixed hospital results, with one facility receiving an “F” grade for its care of patients (Tulare Regional Medical Center) and the other receiving an “A” rating (Kaweah Delta Medical Center). When averaged together, this gave the city itself a “C” rating, overall. Pneumonia and stroke were, by far, the worst conditions when it came to mortality of patients, but the mortality rates for coronary bypass surgery and heart attacks were well below the national average.

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San Jose medical malpractice lawyersWhen a doctor makes a mistake that results in harm, victims expect justice. At the very least, the physician in question should be investigated for habitual wrongdoing. Unfortunately, a recent investigation has found a lack of disciplinary action against negligent doctors. What does this mean for patient safety, and what can you do if you or someone you love is injured or killed by a medical error? The following information explains.

Repeat Offenders Still Practicing Medicine

While vacationing in Florida, a young mother found herself sick with appendicitis. She went in for treatment, had her appendix removed, and then slowly bled to death overnight. Someone should have caught it, but no one did. Her family pursued a medical malpractice suit and won, but the investigation that stemmed from her death uncovered some highly concerning information: the doctor who had operated on her had 14 other payouts for medical negligence. Six of those payouts were to the families of patients who had died after surgery.

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San Jose medical malpractice lawyersIncreasing demands on providers, personnel shortages, and the ever-present concern of a medical error can lead to burnout for physicians. Sadly, this condition, which is brought on by bouts of chronic stress, also decreases the safety of their patients. Learn how you can mitigate against it, and what you can do if you or someone you love is injured or killed by a medical error, with help from the following information.

Understanding Physician Burnout

In a study from the American Medical Association (AMA) and Mayo Clinic, it was determined that over half of all physicians have at least one symptom of burnout. Furthermore, 63 percent of doctors stated that they had negative feelings about practicing medicine, and almost half said they would not recommend a career in medicine. Much of this is not related to the patients themselves, but the way that the healthcare system is managed. For example, doctors face constant concerns over whether they will be flagged for an investigation, just for prescribing pain medication to their patients.

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San Jose medical malpractice attorneysWe all understand the dangers that are associated with a doctor prescribing the wrong medicine or hospital staff mixing up dosages or giving the wrong the patient the wrong medication. In some cases, such scenarios can even provide the basis for a medical malpractice claim. According to a new study, however, there are also risks associated with taking medications at home, and the rate of at-home problems has spiked dramatically in the last two decades.

The study was published earlier this month in the research journal Clinical Toxicology, and it examined data from poison control centers across the United States. The research team, led by Nichole Hodges, a scientist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH, focused on medication errors that occurred outside of health care facilities and led to serious medical outcomes. The study defined serious medical outcomes as those which require treatment for life-threatening concerns up to and including death.

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