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PPIs Too Often Prescribed to Patients Who Don’t Need Them

Popular heartburn drugs like Nexium and Prilosec (called “proton pump inhibitors” or “PPIs”) have been linked to a number of potential side effects, including dependency, chronic kidney disease, bone fractures and dementia. Though these drugs were designed to be used […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Medical Malpractice Caps and Your Settlement

Here is a common scenario: You or a family member is suffering from a physical ailment that requires surgery. You do your research, get all of the correct referrals, pick a date and go in for the procedure. After surgery […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Illinois Mother Awarded $1M in Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit

On August 19, 2012, Illinois resident Jamie Rae filed a lawsuit against James Dalla Riva, an obstetrician who worked at Anderson Hospital in Maryville. Rae claimed that the doctor had failed to provide the right standard of care during the […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Researchers in Canada Work on “Black Box” for Surgeons

Would you feel better about your surgery if there was a device recording every moment of it? A “surgical tracking box” is in the works in Canada, which would record surgeons’ movements and identify errors during an operation. Dr. Teodor […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Bronx Woman Loses Two Legs in Routine Surgery; Awarded $62 Million

What are normally seen as “routine” medical procedures can often go very wrong. Comedienne Joan Rivers, for example, was going through a routine scoping of her throat in September 2014 when she went into a cardiac arrest, from which she […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Connecticut Hospital Makes Patient Safety a Priority—Reduces Medical Claims

A September 2013 study published in the Journal of Patient Safety reported that an estimated 210,000 to 400,000 people die in hospitals every year from some sort of preventable harm. Medical malpractice claims continue to be filed in great numbers […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Massachusetts Reports Large Increase in Medical Errors

What constitutes medical error? According to a 2005 study, despite a lot of research in the area of error in medicine, “few studies have defined or measured ‘medical error’ directly.” Yet properly defining the term is important if hospitals are […]

Eric T. Chaffin

New York Orthopedic Surgeon Held Liable for Failing to Treat Infection

A New York man was recently awarded $2.3 million in his medical malpractice lawsuit. According to The Journal News, a Rockland County jury found the doctor in the case negligent for failing to properly treat a serious infection. A 2011 […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Woman Suffers Septic Shock After Hernia Surgery—Wins $12 Million

Patients diagnosed with septic shock are seriously ill. Without immediate and effective treatment, they can easily succumb to organ failure and death. This was Connecticut resident Vivian Gagliano’s diagnosis in 2008, after she went through what was supposed to be […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Healthcare Industry Working to Prevent Medication Errors

You start feeling sick and the symptoms aren’t improving so you go to your doctor.  Your doctor hands you a prescription for an antibiotic and you promptly get it filled at your local pharmacy so you can start taking it […]