Posts tagged "Medical Malpractice"

What are possible sources of dirty hospital air?

We want our California hospitals to be a place of treatment and healing. We would not want to go to a hospital only to end up sicker than when we first came in. And yet if proper hygiene is not observed or if there is a problem with facility upkeep, there is the possibility that pathogens and infections could get loose in the air. The result is that patients may endure longer hospital stays or otherwise healthy people may become ill.

Medical errors the nation’s third-most common cause of death

While the top two causes of death in America, which are cancer and heart disease, may not surprise you, the third-most common cause of death for residents of California and the United States may not be what you expect. Currently, the third-most-common cause of death in the nation is medical errors, and these can take on many different harmful forms. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we recognize that, when doctors make mistakes, the repercussions are often gravely serious and even deadly, and we have helped many people who suffered hardship because of a doctor or medical professional’s negligence seek appropriate recourse.

What are retained surgical items?

Thousands of people enter into operating rooms every year in the United States. Qualified, licensed surgeons and other medical professionals hold the trust of people as they undergo procedures as a way to save or improve their lives. If you have gone under the knife, you may know first-hand the feelings associated with putting your life in the hands of a medical professional. It may be hard to imagine leaving the operating room with a surgical instrument still inside your operating site. As horrible as this sounds, it happens more often than you may wish to think. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University shows that at least 4,000 people suffer from this form of medical malpractice every year.

Risks associated with unnecessary Cesarean sections

Nowadays, one out of every three babies born across California and the United States undergoes a Cesarean section delivery, making it the most common surgery currently performed in the country. Most women prefer to deliver their babies vaginally, however, and C-sections also bring with them certain risks that can affect both mother and baby. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we understand that C-sections that are not medically unnecessary expose you to potential harm, and we have helped many women and families who suffered hardship following this type of delivery pursue appropriate recourse.

Hospital sued for clinicians failing to call a Code Blue

Should one step into any hospital or medical center in San Bernardino, they will encounter a fast-paced, interconnected network of employees working in several areas performing different functions, all to ensure that the appropriate care is delivered to a single patient. From the registrar that checks a patient in to the clinician reviewing said patient's chart prior to discharge, every employee involved plays a critical role (even those in non-clinical functions). The failure of a single link in this caregiving chain can produce devastating results for a patient. 

How do medical malpractice caps affect maternal mortality?

In California, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) can have an impact on your ability to seek compensation for acts of medical malpractice. Kampf, Schiavone & Associates are here to guide you through medical malpractice caps and the way they may impact maternal mortality.

The potential risks of anesthesia

Undergoing anesthesia in California is much safer than it used to be, in many cases. Both medicine and medical practice have advanced to the point where patient deaths are remarkably uncommon for such an extreme level of sedation. In fact, many medical procedures would likely be impossible without modern anesthesiology.

Health conditions doctors commonly misdiagnose

When you have an ailment or unexplained symptoms and you visit your California physician, you want to feel confident the he or she will be able to appropriately assess your condition and render you an accurate diagnosis. Unfortunately, however, doctors are not immune to error, but the consequences that can occur when doctors misdiagnose you can prove considerable and life-changing. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we understand just how much an inaccurate medical diagnosis can upend your life, and we have helped many clients facing similar circumstances seek appropriate recourse.

Miscommunication a major cause of medical errors

When people are seen by a physician, go to the pharmacy, are admitted to the hospital, enter the operating room for a procedure or are diagnosed with a condition, they rely on a host of medical professionals to take care of them. Peoples’ medical care includes a multidisciplinary team of experts, including medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, surgeons, therapists and specialists. All of these professionals must communicate with one another regarding patient health care in order to properly treat the patient. A lapse in communication or failure to relay crucial information may lead to a serious medical error, injury or even death.

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