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An Interesting Article on Medical Errors in Canada

Categories: Health and Safety, Medical Malpractice, Safe PracticesAuthor:

A recent article in the National Post, a nationally distributed Canadian newspaper that focuses primarily on financial issues, discussed at length the extent of error and “adverse events” in the Canadian health care system. The article concludes that the failure to publicly acknowledge errors harms patient safety:

The point of publicizing medical error, patient-safety experts stress, is not to shame or blame, or take away from the fact health care is replete with highly trained, dedicated professionals. Aside from a tiny smattering of true incompetents, no one comes to work expecting to dispense anything but exemplary care, says Rob Robson, a physician who led the Winnipeg health authority’s groundbreaking patient safety program for seven years. Read more →

Hospital Safety Scores

Categories: Health and Safety, Medical MalpracticeAuthor:

According to the Patient Safety Journal, 440,000 individuals die in the U.S. each year from medical errors.  This means that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country.  The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit devoted to improving health care quality, safety and transparency, recently published its 2014 Hospital Safety Score for U.S. Hospitals. This survey assigns each hospital a letter grade based on the ability to prevent errors, injuries and infections. In Vermont, Central Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center both received “C” grades.  Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly, Fletcher Allen Health Care) all received “B” grades.  Read more →

Navigating Medicare and Medicaid

Categories: Medical Malpractice, Workers' Compensation Hearing DecisionAuthor:

SEG Claims Analyst John Schraven was a moderator and presenter at a continuing legal education seminar sponsored by the Vermont Association for Justice entitled “Navigating Medicare and Medicaid for Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.” A personal injury or workers’ compensation settlement can effect your eligibility for Medicare or Medicaid. John has had a lot of experience helping our clients deal with Medicare and Medicaid when their cases settle. If you are facing this issue, contact John Schraven for a free consultation.

Medical Malpractice

Categories: Medical Malpractice, Workers' Compensation Hearing DecisionAuthor:

Every year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed by medical mistakes, and studies have concluded that medical errors pose a major public health hazard. A medical mistake can often have devastating consequences for a patient or their family.

In Vermont, as in most states, the law gives a patient who is injured or killed by a medical mistake the right to pursue a medical malpractice claim. In reality, it is very difficult to win such claims, and lawyers who represent patients are very careful to take only the strongest and most meritorious cases. Even when presented with strong claims, many hospitals, doctors and their insurance companies put up a fight, often refusing to make reasonable settlement offers and requiring the patient to file time-consuming and expensive lawsuits.

For these reasons, someone considering bringing a medical malpractice case should think long and hard before filing a claim, and should find an attorney who specializes in these kinds of cases, who can give them honest advice about whether it would make sense to pursue a claim.

If you think you have been the victim of medical negligence, please click here for more information.

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