Medical Malpractice Law Facts & Cases | Scott Goodwin Law

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When people talk about medical errors, it’s very common to see the terms “medical malpractice” and “medical negligence” being used interchangeably. After all, medical malpractice doesn’t generally happen when doctors and other medical professionals are being diligent and careful, right? While these two terms are similar and often are related, and in most cases, it’s

Prescription drugs mixed together on top of a prescription form

How many times have you been handed a slip for a prescription by your doctor, looked at it, and had a hard time reading the doctor’s handwriting? Millions of people have had this exact experience and being a pharmacist doesn’t necessarily make it easier to read those prescription slips. Pharmacists incorrectly reading a prescription slip

Newborn baby with dark hair sleeping

Cesarean section deliveries are very common in the United States. According to the CDC, nearly 32% of all deliveries in 2016 were made via Cesarean and they can occur for a very wide range of reasons. Some mothers choose to give birth with a C-section, but in many cases, they’re the result of problems like

Older woman sits in wheelchair looking out window

For many people, the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is one of the most difficult decisions they’ll ever make. They want their loved one to get the best care possible, but trying to find a nursing home they can trust to provide that level of care isn’t easy. About 1.4

Surgical instruments on tray as gloved hand reaches for a tool

All surgical procedures come with the risk of mistakes. Even if you’re going in for a relatively simple, routine procedure, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. When people see doctors, they trust that the doctor will use their expertise to help them feel better, not worse. But doctors are human and,

Medical personnel inserting cotton swab in test tube

Medical errors are considered the third leading cause of death in the United States and there are a lot of different ways those mistakes can happen. Doctors can make mistakes during procedures or a nurse might administer an incorrect dosage of a medication. Mistakes involving lab test results are another very common issue. It’s estimated

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Medical malpractice cases are never simple. Not only do you have the direct, physical impact of the medical error to cope with, the legal side of the case can be even more complex. Even when it seems so clear and so obvious that a doctor made a mistake, trying to hold them liable for it

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It’s not always easy to correctly diagnose an illness or medical condition right away. Symptoms can often be linked to many different conditions so doctors use a process known as differential diagnosis to work their way through a list of possible illnesses by doing things like ordering medical testing, learning more about a patient’s symptoms

Mother holding baby in hands resting on her legs

Every type of medical procedure comes with its own benefits and risks and amniotomy, or artificially rupturing the amniotic sac surrounding a baby, is just one of them. Amniotomy is commonly used if a mother is overdue and her water hasn’t broken yet, to allow for fetal monitoring, or to test the color of the

Baby receiving phototherapy for jaundice

Newborns very often have at least one type of medical condition shortly after birth, such as jaundice. Jaundice is one of the most common types of health conditions that occurs in newborns, affecting about 60% of all newborns, according to the March of Dimes. What is Newborn Jaundice? Jaundice occurs when an infant has a