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Are You Paying For Your Doctor's Mistakes?

Imagine going to the hospital for a routine hernia operation. Imagine you wake up and find two incisions instead of one as expected because the surgeon operated on the wrong side and had to start over.Imagine getting your insurance statement a few weeks later and find your insurance had been billed for both operations!This is the true story of Kevin Baccam, a 33-year old school district…

Staff Writer

Nursing Home Citations Increase

USA Today recently reported that nursing home citations have increased 22% from 2000 to 2006. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Serices, which regulates nursing homes, claimed that more and more nursing homes are being cited for serious violations that are putting patients at risk. The most serious type of cases being cited are patients who were physically or sexually abused as well as…

Shannon Weidemann

Medtronic Defibrillator Leads Recalled

Defibrillator leads that connect an implanted defibrillator have been recalled. The defective medical device is made by Medtronic and may cause the device to function incorrectly. The name of the product is Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Defibrillator Leads. The FDA has advised patients who are implanted with this recalled Medtronic defibrillator lead or do not know the model of their lead, to…

Shannon Weidemann

Parents File Medical Malpractice Case in Arkansas

A medical malpractice case is being heard in Arkansas after a woman was incapcitated after surgery at Northwest Medical Center. The case is being heard in Washington County Circuit Court. The woman had an infection in her arm and had surgery to treat it. The plaintiffs seek money either for expenses for their daughter’s future costs at the nursing home or for her to stay at home with them….

Staff Writer

Suits over hernia mesh patch on the rise

Earlier this month a law firm out of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, announced that they are filing suit on behalf of their client against Davol, Inc., the manufacturer of Composix Kugel Mesh Patch, which as been used in a number of hernia repair surgeries. The defective medical device has been known to cause serious complications in patients who have undergone hernia surgery in which is was…

Staff Writer

Misdiagnosis Malpractice Lawsuit Settled

The Department of the Air Force recently settled a malpractice lawsuit with a woman whose burst appendix was origianly diagnosed as a sexually transmitted disease. Michelle Reed went to the Peterson Air Force Base medical clinic on September 15, 2003 complaining of abdominal pain. It wasn’t until six days later that it was determined her appendix was the problem. By the time she had surgery,…

Staff Writer

Proposed Roof Safety Standards Inadequate

According to the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen, the reently proposed changes to vehicle roof-crush standards are a joke, with 70% of current vehicles already meeting them.In their press release, Public Citizen notes:Rollover crashes kill 10,000 people each year, accounting for one-third of all occupant deaths in vehicle crashes. Many deaths and injuries that stem from rollover crashes…