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Surgical Errors Archives

New Jersey plantiiffs can see compensation for medical losses

A St. Louis man suffering from medical errors committed by a VA Medical Center was recently awarded $8.3 million by a federal judge. A father of three, the plaintiff is now paralyzed and mostly non-communicative. The award was split between the plaintiff ($6.8 million) and his primary caregiver wife ($1.5 million). In New Jersey or anywhere else, with a medical malpractice attorney, a plaintiff can recover damages from surgical errors committed by a medical provider who should know better.

An obvious concern: surgical objects left inside patients' bodies

Calling it “a well-known problem, but one that can be prevented,” an official with the Joint Commission -- a nonprofit entity that accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations across the country -- recently put the spotlight on so-called “unintended retention of foreign objects.”

FDA, others increasingly focused on robotic surgery claims

We last reported on robotic surgery in the United States in a September 5, 2013, blog post. We noted therein a related comment from Martin A. Makary, a noted doctor and medical commentator. In discussing the scope and dimensions of surgical error in connection with robot-assisted surgery, Makary said, “We still don’t really know what the true answer is.”

Despite surgical checklists, preventable errors persist

Few consumers and hospital patients in New Jersey or elsewhere across the country would credit the medical industry with a fool-proof safety standard and performance record. Most people know -- anecdotally, through diverse media reports and, perhaps, from their own personal experience -- that medical mistakes occur in hospitals, and with regularity.

Technology in the operating room: a double-edged sword

Some industries are comparatively high-tech, and there is certainly no disputing that the medical industry is among the most technologically oriented of all work realms. Hospitals in New Jersey and all other states across the country employ ultra-sophisticated machinery and diagnostic tools that are as carefully crafted and precise as anything existing in the aeronautics industry, and that technology is constantly evolving.

Focus: fine tuning training hours for resident MDs

It wasn’t all that long ago that many voices within the medical industry were lamenting what was construed as the unduly long hours spent by beginning surgical resident on duty. The specific complaint was that sleep-lacking doctors were roaming hospitals across the country like zombies and performing operations while nearly blacking out on their feet.

Defendant plays blame game in seminal robot surgery lawsuit

The stakes are notably high in a medical negligence lawsuit alleging surgical error in an operation using a da Vinci robotic system. After a trial lasting more than a month, a 12-member jury in Washington State is weighing the evidence, and its verdict will be the first to be announced against Intuitive Surgical Inc., maker and marketer of the surgical tool.

AMA Journal article says medical errors actually enrich hospitals

Here's a business model that would certainly seem to reward laxity and discourage innovation geared toward a higher level of accuracy and efficiency: Reward mistakes.

$7.4 Billion Medicaid Recovery

Breslin and Breslin, PA, Donald A. Caminiti, Esq., was one of six law firms selected by the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey to act as special counsel to represent it in its lawsuit against the tobacco industry to recover Medicaid and other health related costs incurred by the state resulting from tobacco related illnesses.