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The common mistake of cancer misdiagnosis

While most people trust their doctors, they may not realize that medical professionals in Albuquerque are just as prone to mistakes as anyone else. In fact, new studies are showing that misdiagnoses may happen more often previously thought. ABC News reports that cancer is one disease that is frequently misdiagnosed, with methods for labeling the disease remaining the same as they have for the last 50 years. For the 1.3 million people each year who are told by their doctor that they have cancer, a mistake could cost them their lives.

Soldier's death blamed on hospital negligence

After the country's servicemen and women return home from armed conflict, they deserve to receive the best medical care possible. Many of New Mexico's retired service members make use of the VA hospitals throughout the state. Sadly, hospital negligence is not limited to civilian hospitals, and even after making it home uninjured, soldiers can suffer serious or fatal injuries.

First steps when filing a medical malpractice case

When someone is harmed during the course of medical treatment, it can be a scary, hectic and confusing time. However, it can be vital for the patient or his or her loved ones to follow certain steps if they are considering filling a medical malpractice claim. In order for things to go smoothly, those in New Mexico may want to consider the following tips.

$4.25 million settlement reached in medical malpractice case

While there are many cases dealing with medical negligence, there are few that have the impact that the loss of unborn children creates. In most situations, the exact terms of financial settlements are not disclosed. However, New Mexico readers may be interested in the recent award of $4.25 million in a medical malpractice case involving twin fetuses.

Ways patients can avoid death due to negligence and other errors

For years, the leading causes of death in the United States have been heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses and accidents. Until very recently, the metrics did not include those who perished due to completely preventable causes, such as negligence or other medical mistakes. Physicians in New Mexico and around the country are now paying more attention to the assertion that medical malpractice could be the third most prevalent cause of death in this country.

Paramedic charged in wrongful death of patient; city pays $1.2 M

When a medical disaster strikes, people count on the care of EMT's and paramedics. These individuals arrive then 911 is called, and they are highly-trained to administer emergency care in high-stress environments. While rare, there are cases in which a paramedic is lax in patient care, which can result in the death of a patient. Readers in New Mexico may be interested in a recent case in which a paramedic was deemed directly responsible for a patient's death, and the patient's surviving family members received over a million dollars from the city in compensation after they sued for wrongful death.

Recent courtroom victory awards $2.5M in wrongful death of infant

Statistics show that most malpractice cases that are brought against hospitals are either settled out of court or mediated, and rarely get to the stage of a jury trial. In some instances, however, all other avenues fail, and a medical malpractice case will go to trial.  Readers in New Mexico may be interested that a large verdict was recently rendered against a hospital and a physician group for medical malpractice and the wrongful death of a newborn baby.

Things to consider before filing a medical malpractice lawsuit

When a patient passes away while under the care of a physician or other medical personnel, the natural reaction from family members and loved ones is to seek an understanding of the cause of death. Many times, a death is due to the severity of the patient's illness. However, in other cases, it can be due to medical negligence. A recent article discusses some of the things that surviving family members in New Mexico may want to consider prior to filing medical malpractice litigation.

Details undisclosed in Joan Rivers' medical malpractice case

In the last decade, many hospitals, physician groups and other medical entities in New Mexico and across the country have built outpatient surgery centers that are equipped to handle routine procedures. These facilities allow hospital operating rooms to be used for complex surgeries and the care of trauma patients that require advanced equipment and specialized medical professionals. However, a recent high-profile medical malpractice lawsuit highlights how the lack of oversight and regulations in these outpatient facilities can tragically result in patient deaths.

Medical malpractice: now among top 3 leading causes of death

For years, the leading causes of death in the United States have been heart disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses and accidents. Until very recently, the metrics did not include those who perished due to easily preventable causes, such as medical mistakes. Physicians in New Mexico and around the country are now paying more attention to the findings that indicate medical malpractice is the third most prevalent cause of death in this country.

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