DePuy Hip Implant Removal – Who Pays?

Many patients that have had the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant are concerned about the potential health risk posed by the release of medical particles into the blood stream. Even if the DePuy hip implant seems to be in perfect working order, some patients are insisting that their orthopaedic surgeons remove these hip implants before they become sick or experience hip symptoms. However, if a patient is not experiencing medical symptoms, that patient's health insurance will likely not cover the cost of a DePuy hip implant removal. I Have a DePuy Hip Implant and I want it Removed Before it Starts Causing Harm - What Can I Do? Well, you … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence: Seek the Help of an Attorney

For many baby boomers, there comes a time when the health issues of mother, father, or other loved one become so advanced that it is impossible to safely and properly care for them anymore. When this happens, the only option may be to place them in a nursing home. Sometimes these stays are for rehabilitation purposes and are temporary. Frequently, however, the stays are permanent. Nursing homes promise that they are equipped to take care of people who are unable to take care of themselves, hence the reason they are in business. They are supposed to provide the care a sick person's family can no longer provide. And just as families rarely … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice at Parkland Memorial Hospital Part I

Parkland Memorial Hospital is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. It allows residents to perform entire procedures with or without the supervision of attending physicians. According to their own patient safety officer, Dr. Angelique Ramirez, "[they] harm two patients a day in a significant way." These medical malpractice events lead to "prolongation of hospital stay, need for ICU care, permanent harm, or death." It is not unusual at Parkland for residents and even med students to make diagnoses and provide key care for patients. These students may or may not be doing so under the … [Read more...]

Wrongful Death Suit Filed After Francene Cucinello’s Untimely Death

In January of this year, Francene Cucinello, New Jersey born host of the Lousiville, Kentucky radio program "The Francene Show," died of a heart attack and brain aneurysm. She was just 43 years old. This month, her family has filed a wrongful death claim against the Norton Audobon Hospital. They assert that a misdiagnosis led to Francene's tragic and untimely death. Medical Malpractice Leads to Wrongful Death Francene went to the Norton Audobon Hospital emergency room on January 11, 2010 complaining of headache, neck pain, nausea and vomiting, and shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with pneumonia. On January 13th, doctors noticed … [Read more...]

Surgical Errors Leading Form of Medical Malpractice

According to a report by the American Medical Association, 98,000 people lose their lives each year to medical errors, most of which are surgical. This makes medical malpractice the eighth leading cause of death in America, killing more people than car accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS. The term "surgical errors" includes errors that are made before, during, and after surgery, and can involve medical providers other than a surgeon, including the anesthesiologist, nurses, or other hospital staff members. Read on to learn about the most common surgical errors, and what to do if you or a loved one are a victim of a surgical error, or any … [Read more...]