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4 Things To Know About Fairfax Medical Malpractice Claims

4 Things To Know About Fairfax Medical Malpractice Claims | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
If you are considering filing a medical malpractice claim in Virginia, here are 4 things you need to know according to a Fairfax medical malpractice lawyer.
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Joan Rivers’s Daughter Files Malpractice Suit Against Manhattan Clinic

Joan Rivers’s Daughter Files Malpractice Suit Against Manhattan Clinic | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
The suit says a doctor at Yorkville Endoscopy dismissed concerns that Ms. Rivers’s vocal cords could seize up. Ms. Rivers went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during the procedure and later died.
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All medical procedures have inherent risks, and while not every course of medical treatment has the desired outcome, health care professionals and physicians must provide their patients with a level of care that meets professional standards.


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VA Hospital Delay Lawyer | DC Medical Malpractice Attorneys - Price Benowitz LLP

VA Hospital Delay Lawyer | DC Medical Malpractice Attorneys - Price Benowitz LLP | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
If you or someone you love has suffered injury as a result of delay in treatment at your VA medical center in Washington DC, call Price Benowitz for a free consultation.
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Delays in treatment at VA medical facilities are common. If you, or a loved one, have suffered as a result of a DC VA hospital delay, check out our new webpage for more information and call our law offices to schedule a free consultation.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 27, 2014 1:51 AM

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an article by RI Medical Malpractice lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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MA Personal Injury Lawyer David Slepkow provides this information about dental malpractice in the UK. Please note that this is for informational purposes only, especially since the laws in the UK are vastly different than in the State of Massachusetts. Please consult with a Mass Dental Malpractice Attorney if you have a potential claim!

How to Avoid Choosing Wrong Dentist in the UK

Considering how many patients a dentist sees in the average working week, how much of the work they perform is irreversible and how difficult and specialized the field of medicine is, it is surprising that dental negligence is not more common. However, there are still some dentists out there that have consistently provided a poor standard of service to their customers and who have faced numerous clinical negligence compensation claims.


So how can you avoid dental incompetence? You should be careful which dentist you choose – although internet research has too many flaws to mention, it might be worth looking online to see what people say about the practice and whether dental negligence has occurred in it. Word-of-mouth is also a good indicator of the strengths of a dentist – if a particular practitioner comes heavily recommended, the chances are that their services will reach the standards you expect.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 29, 2014 2:18 AM

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an article by RI Medical Malpractice Accident lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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If you believe you have been injured due to professional negligence by a doctor or healthcare provider, you may need the services of a medical malpractice attorney. This will show you some key steps and questions involved in hiring an attorney, because it can appear to be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. You don’t want to hire just any Rhode Island Personal injury attorney, but the right one, such as one that would meet certain criteria, as will be discussed later.

The First step is embarking on your search for a RI medical malpractice attorney. But before we go into detail about the actual search, here’s some key criteria that you want your Providence Medical Malpractice lawyer to meet:


  • Experience in representing clients who have filed lawsuits for medical malpractice
  • Charges a legal fee that you consider reasonable
  • Someone you can foresee working with for months or however long it takes for the case to be resolved
  • Suggest a valuable strategy for handling your case
  • Makes you feel confident in their abilities and judgment
  • Gives you a realistic estimate of how much money you may recover if your RI medical malpractice case is settled or taken to trial In Providence Superior Court.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 7, 2015 1:50 AM

Reports of problems have been dogging the VA for years, especially in regards to the significant administrative backlog when it comes to record keeping. This is at the heart of untimely diagnoses and treatment bottlenecks throughout the VA’s health care and mental health treatment programs. The foundation of the VA system is that all existing patients are supposed to be seen between 14 and 30 days after they request an appointment, but that is not happening. Many veterans allege that false record keeping is systemic throughout the VA.

 An Overview of the Claims Process

Veterans and their families may file a claim with the federal government for damages and associated costs that arise from malpractice that occurred at a VA medical facility. Damages for which injured victims can seek compensation include:

  • Medical, hospital, and rehabilitation bills
  • Harms and losses
  • Future impairment and loss of enjoyment of life
  • Funeral expenses in the event of wrongful death

Like the traditional civil suit process, the first step is to file a claim. Computing the amount to request from the VA can be complicated, but a seasoned medical malpractice lawyer can help you account for all costs stemming from the treatment process and all associated damages.

How Do I File a Delayed VA Treatment Claim?

Those who experience a delay in treatment at a VA center that in turn leads to an injury or even death must follow certain steps in filing their claim if they wish to request compensation:

  •  The first requirement is to fill out and file a claim form, which can be viewed here, and which is outlined in the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). Military Service members are barred from using the FTCA to seek compensation for injuries they suffered during active duty, but they can recover damages under the act for injuries caused by VA medical center personnel.
  • According to 28 U.S.C. Section 2401, anyone who files a claim against the VA must wait a minimum of six months for the government to respond. This wait time is in place so that the government can properly review the merits of the claim in order to settle, deny, or investigate it further.
  • At the end of the six month waiting period, if there is no response or the claim is rejected, claimants can then sue the VA for medical malpractice or negligence.

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DC Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Medical Malpractice Attorney - Price Benowitz LLP

DC Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer | Medical Malpractice Attorney - Price Benowitz LLP | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis diseases such as cancer can have drastic and potentially fatal consequences. If you live in DC, call Price Benowitz LLP.
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The odds of surviving cancer depend largely upon the stage at which the disease is detected. The following page discusses what happens when cancer is misdiagnosed or a diagnosis is delayed. For more information, call the firm’s DC headquarters.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 27, 2014 1:56 AM

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an article by RI Medical Malpractice lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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While decades ago bicycling was an experience primarily enjoyed by children, in recent years many adults have taken up the sport for a variety of reasons. Some use the bicycle as an effective tool for staying in shape while other utilize a bike to take short trips to the store or commute to work. The practicality of using a bicycle, along with the health benefits obtained through cycling every day make it an enjoyable sport for adults of nearly any age.


However, the increase in popularity of bicycling has also escalated bicycle accidents among adults. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) bicyclists are at a greater risk of suffering crash-related injuries and fatalities than from being a driver or passenger involved in a motorized vehicle accident. In 2010, nearly 800 bicyclists across the nation died from a bicycle-related accident with an additional 515,000 visits to the emergency room to handle injuries.


The highest death rates of bicycle accidents across the United States and in all likelihood in RI and MA tend to occur in young adults aged 15 to 24 years and older adults 45 years and up. Young adults up to 24 years old, along with adolescents and children aged 5 to 14 years are the major groups with the highest numbers of non-fatal bike-related injuries, according to emergency room statistics. Males have a higher potential of being killed or suffering serious injuries riding bicycles compared to females.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 7, 2015 1:51 AM
Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Early detection and diagnosis of cancer has a significant impact on long-term prognosis. Many different types of cancer can be successfully treated when caught in their early stages and patients may be able to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, doctors do not always detect the signs and, in some cases, a doctor may balk at referring a cancer patient to an oncologist or a specialist for tests and other treatment needed to diagnose the disease. Unfortunately, many of these decisions are based on the financial interests of the health insurance carrier rather than the patient’s needs. The patient who suffers delays in treatment may end up with a much more serious condition, or worse, if treatment and diagnosis are delayed too long. In certain events, medical malpractice charges be made against the doctor and the insurance company.


Given the progressive nature of most cancers, prompt diagnosis and treatment can have a substantial impact on the ability to survive the disease. If cancer is not diagnosed until several months after symptoms and complaints were first presented, the odds that treatments will be successful can decrease and the chance that more radical therapies might be needed due to the rapid advancement of the patient’s cancer becomes greater. Such delays can make a patient’s pain and suffering last much longer than necessary, and the consequences the defendants must face in a civil claim even more profound.


Family members must also live with cancer misdiagnosis. Losing a loved one in a sudden, tragic accident is heartbreaking enough, but having to watch a parent or child slowly waste away because treatment began too late or was denied.


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Despite New VA Law, Veterans Still Suffer | Medical Malpractice | Price Benowitz, LLP

Despite New VA Law, Veterans Still Suffer | Medical Malpractice | Price Benowitz, LLP | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
New VA law signed this summer is a good start, but far from fixing all that’s wrong with our Veterans Health Care Administration.
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Congress has passed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which requires that all vets must receive medical care within 30 days from their request at a facility not more than 40 miles from their home. 

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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 16, 2014 5:40 AM

For more information concerning Rhode Island Medical Malpractice lawyer please visit:

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an article by RI Medical Malpractice lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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Anesthesia makes some of the most complicated and invasive surgical procedures possible because it allows patients to sleep through the pain without actually feeling the pain. Though anesthesia allows for individuals to overcome their ailments, it can also be dangerous if administered incorrectly.


Anesthesia should only be administered by an anesthesiologist, which is a specialized doctor who has had special training in sedation. Often, the amount of medication an individual receives depends on his or her health background, physical attributes, and vitals.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 7, 2015 2:17 AM
Protecting Our Troops

In an attempt to redress the serious problems in the VA system, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act was signed into law on August 7, 2014. It requires that all veterans must be provided with medical care within 30 days from the request at a facility that is not more than 40 miles from the veteran’s home. If care is not provided, the veteran will be able to make an appointment at a private facility and be reimbursed for such care.

The Act also provides for congressional oversight and increased funding to improve the VA system. However, the law will not apply to cases of medical malpractice or wrongful death resulting from the VA’s shoddy practices before August 1, 2014.

Common VA Malpractice Causes

Here are examples of some of the most common causes of medical malpractice in the VA.

  • An inability to make an appointment within the VA system, or cancel an appointment, which led to a delay in obtaining medical treatment.
  • Mistakes in diagnosing and treating illnesses and injuries by a VA hospital, doctor, or other health professional.
  • A VA institution’s failure to follow safe practices in general or specific instructions for a particular patient, resulting in falls, bedsores, malnutrition, and other injuries.
  • Evidence of a VA doctor, nurse, or other employee “covering up” past mistakes to avoid detection.
  • A diagnosis of cancer or other serious illness at a late stage where treatment is generally less successful than if it had it been diagnosed earlier.
  • A worsening of an injury or other medical condition that results in permanent loss of function in a body part or system, paralysis, or death.
  • A decline in the mental health of a veteran, which can be manifested in problems with family relationships, the inability to hold down a civilian job, a new or worsening drug or alcohol addiction, or a suicide attempt or completed suicide.
Types of harm from negligent practices

Our veterans put their lives on the line for their country, and they deserve better than the poor treatment offered by the Veterans Administration. A combination of new statutes, congressional oversight, and vigorous pursuit of wrongful death and malpractice claims should combine to improve the care at the VA’s 152 hospitals.


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Johns Hopkins Suit Settlement Reached | Price Benowitz LLP

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A settlement was reached in a medical malpractice suit against Johns Hopkins Hospital regarding Dr. Nikita Levy recording patients without their knowledge.
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A class action suit was filed after it was discovered that during his 25-year-long career, Dr. Nikita Levy repeatedly violated the trust and privacy of his patients at a community clinic in Baltimore by taking recordings of them during gynecological exams. His gross mis-conduct was finally brought to light one day in February, 2013, when a colleague reported her concerns to supervisors that the pen-like object that Levy wore around his neck looked suspiciously like a camera. Her suspicions were confirmed when security officials visited Levy later that day and discovered several such cameras in his office and on his person.

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Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice | Larry Bodine | Blog

Misdiagnosis Medical Malpractice | Larry Bodine | Blog | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
Attorney, jounalist Larry Bodine on how to protect yourself in the event of a misdiagnosis, the most common form of medical malpractice in DC and beyond.
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Attorney and journalist Larry Bodine on how to best protect yourself, and your loved ones, from misdiagnosis, the most common form of medical malpractice there is in the DC region and throughout the United States.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 7, 2015 2:59 AM

Medical professionals have a duty to perform their job according to accepted standards of care. Harm caused to patients from medical negligence entitle patients to relief. In order to prevail in a medical malpractice lawsuit a patient must prove the existence of the following:


Professional Relationship: medical professional and patient relationship obligating a standard of care.


Negligence: an ordinary professional in these circumstances would have not made this mistake.


Causation and Harm: the medical error caused harm that a proper diagnosis would have prevented.


Robert Wyble of New York recently won a jury award of $4.8 million against care providers for misdiagnosing him in 2005 with Myasthenia Gravis, a neuromuscular autoimmune disease that causes disability and death unless treated with aggressive and invasive procedures.


Wyble endured numerous complications and suffered emotional trauma related to his course of improper treatment until another doctor discovered the misdiagnosis in 2009. It turned out that Wyble actually had Cataplexy, a very treatable condition that an increase in his Ritalin prescription eventually corrected. Despite recovering physically, Wyble continued to languish in depression from the ordeal for three more years, which resulted in a divorce from his wife in 2011.


A Suffolk jury awarded Wyble $373,700 for past medical expenses, $2 million for pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment, and $1.5 million over the next 28 years for future pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment. His wife was awarded $1 million for loss of service, society, and companionship.


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Insurance Grosses Are Officially Gross - Price Benowitz, LLP

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Wendell Potter, the courageous former Cigna VP turned whistleblower and freelance analyst for the Center for Public Integrity, has a piece on CPI’s website today called “Keeping an eye on insurance companies that refuse to pay claims.” Well, it’s an...
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DC Birth Defect Lawyer | Birth Injury Trauma | Price Benowitz LLP

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The birth of a baby should be a time of joy, but for many parents it can be a time of sorrow when hospital or doctor error leads to serious birth defects.
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that approximately 3 percent of infants are born with a birth defect. There are a variety of different causes of birth defects, some of which include genetics, environmental factors, and medical malpractice.


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Medical Malpractice Recoveries | DC Personal Injury Lawyers - Price Benowitz, LLP

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Larry Bodine, publications director for the The National Trial Lawyers, discusses increasing medical malpractice recoveries in the DC region and beyond.
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Great blog from @LarryBodine concerning medical malpractice recovery increases. In terms of actual dollars paid to injured patients, the overall increase was 4.7 percent last year. Recoveries for negligent medical care increased in Virginia and Maryland in 2013 as well. While DC did not see an increase, it is among the top 10 jurisdictions in terms of medical malpractice recoveries, according to an analysis by Diederich Healthcare.

Locally, the total medical malpractice payouts for 2013 are as follows:

  • Maryland – 395 payouts averaging $258,629
  • Virginia – 189 payouts averaging $423,070
  • DC – 23 payouts averaging $320,380


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Malpractice Claims in Virginia | Representation | Price Benowitz

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Filing a medical malpractice claim in the state of Virginia is a complex endeavor. Contact a medical malpractice lawyer with Price Benowitz LLP today.
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Suddenly finding yourself the innocent victim of a medical mistake can take a financial as well as emotional toll for which you may recover monetary damages. It is not uncommon for victims of medical malpractice to suffer from lost wages (past and future), emotional distress, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and depression. A personal injury attorney experienced in medical malpractice claims can help you hold the professionals who caused you harm responsible.


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1 In 25 Patients Get Infections In Hospitals - Price Benowitz, LLP

1 In 25 Patients Get Infections In Hospitals - Price Benowitz, LLP | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
About 1 in every 25 patients seeking treatment at hospitals in 2011 acquired an infection, a new study says.
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All medical treatment and procedures have inherent risks. However, if a physician fails to inform you of those risks, and you sustain an injury as a result of the procedure, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. When you seek professional medical care you should have a reasonable expectation that you will receive adequate treatment. If your treatment leaves you with injuries or illness that could have been prevented had proper care been administered and standard procedures been followed, you should seek advice from a qualified DC medical malpractice lawyer.


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DC Medical Malpractice Lawyer | Negligence | Price Benowitz LLP

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If you are suffering for a medical mistake (eg, misdiagnosis, ER error), call (202) 600-9400 for a free consultation with an attorney at Price Benowitz LLP.
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All medical treatment and procedures have inherent risks. However, if a physician fails to inform you of those risks, and you sustain an injury as a result of the procedure, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. Contact a qualified DC medical malpractice attorney to evaluate whether you have a valid malpractice case.


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DC Chiropractic Malpractice Lawyer - Price Benowitz LLP

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Suffered a serious of permanent injury due to a negligent chiropractor? Consult with a DC chiropractic malpractice lawyer to discuss filing a claim.
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Report: Errors At Clinic Treating Rivers - CNN.com Video

The clinic where Joan Rivers was treated is accused of making several mistakes before her death. Jean Casarez reports.
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Ebola Patient Rejected From Arlington Hospital | Price Benowitz LLP

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The inability of U.S. hospitals to deal with Ebola continues to horrify us. Call Price Benowitz LLP if you have been the victim of medical malpractice.
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The news that a Virginia hospital turned away a potential Ebola patient does little to quell our concerns that U.S. hospitals are woefully unequipped to deal with the often deadly disease. Check out our latest blog and then let us know what do you think should be done to contain the spread of Ebola?


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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 29, 2014 2:20 AM

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an article by RI Personal Injury lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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If you have suffered injuries through medical negligence by your RI healthcare provider, you may be entitled to file a Rhode Island medical malpractice claim. However, seeking financial compensation for a medical error can be a complicated legal issue that will require filing documents in civil court against the responsible parties.

If you were injured as a result of surgical malfeasance or medical wrongdoing / carelessness then contact a RI Medical malpractice attorney.


Defining Medical Malpractice in Rhode Island

Medical malpractice is often the result of an error or mistake that causes harm to the patient. To be considered malpractice, the act or failure to act must be directly cause an injury or harm. Legally, the negligence can be performed by a medical professional, which could include a:


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Ebola Death | Tort Reform | Medical Malpractice - Price Benowitz LLP

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Veteran personal injury attorney John Yannone talks about the deadly mix of the Ebola virus and tort reform in Texas and the implications for all of us.
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Personal injury attorney John Yannone discusses the deadly mix of the Ebola virus and the many downsides to the out of control tort reform in Texas. 


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Fatalities from Medical Malpractice | Price Benowitz LLP

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Medical malpractice cases that result in wrongful death can be complicated. Call Price Benowitz LLP for a free legal consultation.
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Medical malpractice cases resulting in wrongful death are among the most complicated and daunting of civil claims. There are often a number of medical professionals and groups that may be liable for the loss of your loved one, and those individuals and organizations are usually armed with insurance companies equipped with aggressive lawyers. For more information, visit our new webpage here.


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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 16, 2014 5:46 AM

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an article by RI Medical Malpractice lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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Whenever you go to get your teeth cleaned, you dentist has a responsibility to look for more than just plaque. Plaque build-up and other matters of oral hygiene are important to your health, but the mouth can indicate greater medical issues as well. Your dentist, dental hygienists, and nurses can be crucial in diagnosing more severe medical conditions like gum infections and even diabetes.


When your dentist is cleaning your mouth, it is crucial for them to look for other abnormalities. Your mouth can be an indicator of other health concerns in your body. One disease that all dentists should be on the lookout for is oral cancer. This development may be overlooked by the patient him or herself. Often velvety red or white spots develop that indicate the presence of this dangerous disease. Thankful, when oral cancer is diagnosed early, the disease is very treatable. But without the proper inspection or diagnosis, this disease can take a toll on your body.


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FDA Panel Doctor Steps Down | Price Benowitz LLP

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Doctor Andrew Brill stepped down from an FDA safety panel on morcellators because he had received consulting fees from a major manufacturer of the device.
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Check out our latest blog post about a doctor who stepped down from an FDA safety panel due to a conflict of interest.


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Birth Injury Malpractice | Price Benowitz LLP

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Larry Bodine, attorney and publisher of The National Trial Lawyers, discusses the causes and the steep costs associated with birth injury malpractice.

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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 7, 2015 3:06 AM
What causes birth injuries?

Medical malpractice occurs during complications in labor, fetal distress, and other childbirth emergencies when a healthcare professional does not respond appropriately. The most common causes of birth injury malpractice include:

  • Failure to anticipate the size of the child before labor (often occurs with larger babies).
  • Failure to respond and treat maternal bleeding.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat fetal distress.
  • Failure to account for oxygen deprivation to the baby during labor.
  • Errors in using a vacuum extractor or forceps during labor.
  • Excessive force used during delivery.
  • Failing to order a caesarian section when medically necessary.
  • Unnecessary or improper treatment given to the infant after birth.

Any of these actions by the doctor or medical staff that cause harm to the baby may be considered medical malpractice.

Tragic delay in a hospital

Earlier this year, a mother carrying twins went into premature labor and was admitted to Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston with high blood pressure. The medical staff discovered she had a kidney infection as well, but there was a delay in giving her antibiotics. Later that afternoon, the babies’ heart rates started to slow down, and a nurse called the resident doctor.


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Inadequate Drug Labeling | Child Product Liability | Price Benowitz

Inadequate Drug Labeling | Child Product Liability | Price Benowitz | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
Pediatric dosing information is critical to the proper administration of pharmaceuticals to infants. Inadequate drug labeling is discussed here.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Pediatric Therapeutics recently evaluated labeling information on drugs used in children by examining those listed for usage in children in the Physicians’ Desk Reference. The study found that only about half of all medications used in children contain label information about drug effectiveness, safety, or dosing in children. In another study an alarming 90 percent of medications used in newborns in Virginia have not gone through adequate safety studies.


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DC Surgical Injury Attorney | Medical Malpractice | Price Benowitz LLP

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Though they're supposed to heal, sometimes surgeries cause more problems when medical professionals fail to meet the set standard of care.
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Most everyone who undergoes a medical procedure realizes that there are inherent risks involved in surgery. Surgical injury, however, is typically the result of negligence on the part of a physician or medical staffer or, in some cases, the medical institution. Here are some examples of how surgical errors may occur:

  • Leaving surgical implements or related items inside a patient’s body;
  • Performing the wrong procedure;
  • Performing the correct procedure, but on the wrong area (e.g. on the wrong side of the body or wrong body part);
  • Failing to adequately monitor the patient during the procedure;
  • Making an error during the procedure that causes injury, such as cutting or nicking an organ or blood vessel;
  • Ignoring the patient’s specific circumstances — such as health history, medications, or current health status — when performing the procedure;
  • Permanently damaging the nerves or spinal cord; and
  • Incorrect administration of anesthesia, which can cause brain damage and other injuries.


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Steven M. Sweat's curator insight, April 24, 2014 12:32 PM

Good insight here regarding common medical malpractice scenarios from attorneys Price Benowitz.

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John Yannone on Medical Malpractice | DC Personal Injury Lawyer | Price Benowitz LLP

John Yannone on Medical Malpractice | DC Personal Injury Lawyer | Price Benowitz LLP | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
John Yannone speaks on medical malpractice cases, what constitutes medical malpractice, and his general approach to medical negligence litigation in DC and MD.
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If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, be it reckless or intentional, our team here at Price Benowitz LLP is your best option for winning the rightful justice you deserve and the best monetary compensation that District of Columbia law allows so that you and your family can resume your normal lives and get on the road to recovery.


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Infographic: Medical Malpractice Payouts Increase for First Time in a Decade

Infographic: Medical Malpractice Payouts Increase for First Time in a Decade | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
For the first time in 10 years, there was an increase in the total medical malpractice payout amounts in 2013, according to new data from Diederich Healthcare, a medical malpractice insurance compa...
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Robbins & Associates's curator insight, April 1, 2014 7:25 AM

96% of Med mal cases settle.

 

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Drug Company Will Give Ailing 7-year-old Medicine That Could Save Him - Price Benowitz, LLP

Drug Company Will Give Ailing 7-year-old Medicine That Could Save Him - Price Benowitz, LLP | Medical Malpractice News in Washington DC | Scoop.it
After days of pleading, Josh Hardy's parents got what they'd been praying for: a chance to get medicine that could help their son survive.
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It's shameful that pharmaceutical companies are more concerned with getting a drug out on the market, than they are with actually using it to save lives. How ironic, seeing as though that's why it was made in the first place.


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