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Hospital workers go to work even when sick – survey

A survey published recently showed that many hospital workers acknowledge going to work even when they are ill, an article by Reuters stated on June 6.

Among the 536 medical workers surveyed at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, researchers headed by Julia Szymczak found that 83 percent admitted to going to work last year while suffering from symptoms of illness. Though the majority of the respondents believed that patients are put at risk when they do this, an estimated nine percent admitted going to work sick last year as much as five times. Dr. Jeffrey Starke, who wrote a commentary on the research, admitted that hospitals do not screen workers for illness as they do visitors – and this is something that should change.

The lawyers of the Abel Law Firm believe that you need the best care possible when admitted to the hospital. If your doctor is sick, he or she may pass along an illness that worsens your medical condition or make careless mistakes. If you have been the victim of medical mistakes or negligence, call our offices today at 405-239-7046 to discuss your legal options for recourse.

Damage caps overturned in Missouri

The Missouri Supreme Court overturned its medical malpractice noneconomic damage cap on Tuesday with a 4-3 vote. The members of the Supreme Court determined that the amount of noneconomic damages that can be awarded in a malpractice case should be determined solely by the residing jury.

The court case that brought about this decision involved a birth injury lawsuit regarding a child who was born with severe brain damage due to a medical student’s negligence.

The original noneconomic damage cap that was in place was $350,000. Noneconomic damages involve mental anguish, pain, and emotional trauma, among other things.

If medical malpractice has left you or someone you know with injuries, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046 today.

Red Sox investigating possible surgical error in pitcher’s surgery

The Boston Red Sox recently announced that they are investigating their relief pitcher Bobby Jenks’s claims that a surgical error occurred during his spinal decompression surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in December. 18 days after the surgery, after experiencing leaking from his incision and serious headaches, the baseball player needed a second surgery.

According to Jenks, if he had waited to seek treatment of his post-surgical complications, he could have suffered life-threatening complications. When he went to doctors about his post-surgical complications, they found that only part of one of the 30-year-old pitcher’s bone spurs had been removed, leaving an open incision on the spine that caused spinal fluid to leak out. The leaking spinal fluid accumulated at the bottom of Jenks’s incision, which infected the incision.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, where the Red Sox usually has their players who need surgery go, Jenks and his surgeon agreed that only the top two bone spurs on his spine, out of a total four, should be removed. The bone spur that was partially removed was the third bone spur on Jenks’s spine and was not supposed to have been operated on. Jenks is currently unsure of whether or not he will be able to play this season.

Contact the Oklahoma medical negligence lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at 1-800-739-ABEL, if you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error or other type of medical malpractice.


Parents claiming medical negligence in daughter’s death

The death of a 17-year-old girl as a result of negligence during wisdom tooth surgery has raised several concerns about the surgery and it’s actual need in today’s society.

Deaths relating to wisdom teeth surgery has been on the rise and several dentists are claiming that the surgery is not as necessary as certain people make it seem and it can turn into a scam for easy money in some situations. The Maryland teenager who underwent surgery in March 2011 did not pass away during the surgery but rather 10 days later from complications linking back to the surgery.

She suffered from hypoxia during the surgery due to the negligence of her oral surgeon as well as her anesthesiologist not monitoring her oxygen levels closely enough. She began feeling sick and fell into a coma, ultimately dying in April. Her parents have filed a medical negligence lawsuit against both physicians involved in the procedure.

Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends during this tragic time.

Study finds payment amounts from surgical error claims rising

Recent research into medical malpractice claims made against surgeons and surgical residents shows that payment amounts from these claims are increasing.

A study presented at the American College of Surgeons 97th Annual Clinical Congress using data from the National Practitioner Data Bank says that while pay-outs are rising, actual surgical error claims have decreased.

In analyzing 58,518 claims covering 1990 to 2006, data showed that payments increased by $3,200 a year on average, while the amount of surgical error claims filed over these years decreased by 154 claims a year.

The most common type of injury suffered by claimants were minor permanent injuries, accounting for 19.7 percent of the surgical error claims.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error or other type of medical malpractice, contact the Oklahoma medical negligence attorneys of the Abel Law Firm at 405-239-7046 to learn more about your rights as a patient.

Study analyzes anesthesia errors

The worldwide death rate for patients who go under full anesthesia is 7 patients per every 1 million, according to a study recently published in an international science journal.

Statistics on anesthesia complications and errors in the U.S. reveal that .724 anesthesia errors occur per every 1,000 hospital discharges.  Patients over the age of 65-years old are more likely to experience complications with anesthesia.  For every 1,000 discharges of patients over the age of 65, .833 anesthesia errors occur in the U.S.

Medical negligence lawsuits filed over anesthesia errors are not uncommon.  Between 1990 and 2002, 5,691 anesthesia error claims received payouts.  The average payout in these cases was $338,190.

Contact the Oklahoma medical negligence lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling 405-239-7046, if you or someone you love has been the victim of medical negligence.

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