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The importance of keeping your medical records

Keeping records is one of the best things you can do as a victim of medical malpractice. If something goes wrong during the course of your treatment, there are a range of parties that could be at fault, including medical providers, device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies and other entities involved in your care.

How do you know if you have a medical malpractice case?

Determining whether a situation constitutes medical malpractice can be difficult. Sometimes medical procedures don't work, or the result doesn't come out as expected. That alone, however, is not enough to constitute medical malpractice. Healthcare professionals are not perfect.

How "tort reform" will limit your rights

Bills pending in the US Congress, if passed, will severely limit individual's rights to recover damages for injuries caused by medical professionals. Advocates of stripping citizens of their Constitutional rights, the so-called "tort reformers" falsely claim that doing so will reduce costs and improve healthcare for Americans. To the contrary, these myths have been repeatedly debunked in study after study.

Joint replacement surgery raises your risk for DVT

When you take a long plane flight, you're advised to get up and walk around now and then to avoid developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). But did you know that DVT is also a significant risk for those entering a hospital for surgery? According to WebMD, it's one of the top six problems hospital patients encounter-and it can be a deadly one.

Are medical errors the third leading cause of death? New study says yes.

A new study published Johns Hopkins Medicine recently found that medical errors contribute to so many fatalities in the United States that it should rank as the third-leading cause of death in the country. The researchers said the problem is being kept from the public, partially due to how deaths are reported and tracked.

Could medical devices be vulnerable to unauthorized users?

Earlier this summer, automaker Chrysler Fiat came under fire for not moving quickly enough to protect vehicles that have computer systems could be infiltrated by remote users. In fact, Wired magazine highlighted how a Jeep was taken over by hackers and even driven into a ditch while a helpless driver was inside.

Could more Arizona hospitals use sanitation robots?

Hospitals in Arizona pride themselves on being clean. Indeed, it is a testament to their professionalism and commitment to patient safety, but it does not mean that all surfaces and instruments are always clean. Human error can affect how they are cleaned, even though hospital attendants may have the best intentions in performing their duties.

Army surgeon victimized by VA malpractice, awarded $3.2M

For the sacrifices they made for our country, our military servicemembers and veterans deserve the best medical care possible. So it is particularly frustrating to hear of cases where a veteran or servicemember was the victim of medical malpractice.

Similar-sounding drug names causing dangerous confusion, says FDA

At least 50 medication mix-ups recently prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning to the public. Specifically, the warning pertains to two drugs with very similar-sounding names: Brintellix and Brilinta.

Study shows that some antibiotics may cause hearing loss

Infants dealing with serious infections may require strong treatment. An antibiotic used to treat issues such as meningitis, respiratory infections, and other dangerous infections in newborns could be connected to potential hearing loss. While Arizona physicians may have little choice in the antibiotic used in these situations, it is important to understand the risks.

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