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Hospital Medical Errors Down 17%, Reports HHS

A federal review of hospital medical records and other data has found a 17 percent decline in infections, drug mistakes, bed sores and other preventable errors from 2010 to 2013, according to a report. Using methods developed by health care …

Texas Man Claims Medical Errors Led to Leg Amputations

A Texas man intending to undergo a weight-loss operation is seeking $10 million in damages for what he says were a series of medical blunders that led to the amputation of both his legs at the knee. Carlos Saucedo has …

Oregon Hospital Settles With Patients Abused By Doctor

A hospital in The Dalles, Ore. and two administrators have settled a lawsuit brought by four female patients molested by an anesthesiologist while they were under sedation. The Dalles Chronicle reported that the amount of the settlements is confidential, but …

Number of Medical Errors Reported by Mass. Hospitals Spiked in 2013

The number of medical errors reported by Massachusetts acute-care hospitals has jumped 70 percent since the state expanded the type of incidents hospitals are required to report. Hospitals reported 753 serious medical errors and other patient injuries last year to …

New York Man Awarded $2.3M in Med Mal Lawsuit

A jury has awarded $2.3 million to a Rockland County, New York, man who said the head of Nyack Hospital’s orthopedic surgery left a serious infection untreated. The Journal News says the jury found Dr. Jason Fond negligent in his …

Number of Med Mal Lawsuits in Pennsylvania Has Steadied, Data Show

The number of medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania has steadied and leveled off statewide over the last 10 years, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. The data shows 1,546 med mal filings in Pennsylvania’s civil …

Indian Activist Widow Files Suit Against New Mexico Doctors

The widow of Native American activist Russell Means has filed a lawsuit accusing doctors in New Mexico of overlooking his esophageal cancer. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the lawsuit by Pearl Means in state District Court in Las …

Maine High Court Rejects Hospital’s Appeal in Medical Misdiagnosis Case

A Maine man who was awarded $200,000 by a jury in his malpractice suit filed after a doctor mistakenly told him he had an aggressive and fatal form of cancer won’t have to face another trial. The Maine Supreme Judicial …

Connecticut Hospital Ordered to Pay $12M in Medical Malpractice Case

A jury in a medical malpractice case awarded $12 million last Friday to a Connecticut woman who said a doctor punctured her colon during a routine hernia operation, leaving her with permanent injuries. Vivian Gagliano, 65, of Redding, Connecticut, said …

Report Shows More New York Doctors Disciplined

The New York Public Interest Research Group reports the state disciplined 468 doctors last year, 155 more than a year earlier. NYPIRG says the health department’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct found medical negligence in 59 cases, revoking or suspending …