Medical Malpractice Law Top Cases ~ 96 Slides ~ Show + Test + Flashcards

This is a complete presentation on the top cases in medical malpractice law. It is highly visual and thoroughly annotated. There are 40 Flash Cards and 20 multiple choice test questions also included in this product.

EXCERPT: OVERVIEW
~ Far from being a “get rich quick” scheme, medical malpractice is a legal battle as hard on the victim as the malpractice itself.
~ About five percent of American doctors are responsible for more than half of settlements and verdicts which insurance companies pay.
~ Thus, the biggest point this presentation makes is that the patient should fully research his doctor and hospital online to ascertain if he or she has had any of these problems occur already.
~ The online world is filled with news stories and rating services on doctors and hospitals. Just input the doctor’s name and city into Google and read the immediate hits returned.
~ There are more discouraging statistics.
~ Only one in six victims files a malpractice suit.
~ Half of those one in six will give up before getting to trial.
~ If the patient lives in a state with mandated caps on awards for pain and suffering, the patient will never be fully compensated.
~ A majority of these cases are settled and part of the settlement is that the terms must be kept confidential. Thus, other victims have no opportunity to learn from their sagas.

EXCERPT: LEFT BEHIND OBJECT
~ University of Washington Medical Center surgeons negligently left a 13-inch surgical instrument inside Donald Church's body after an operation to remove a large malignant tumor
~Church, 49, was in terrible pain post-surgery pain. It hurt when he walked, when he bent over, when he tried to go to the bathroom.
~ He stayed in this pain for two months while his surgeons assured him that it was just part of his recovery.
~ UW Medical Center paid Church, $97,000 in a settlement for his painful experience.
~ Church did not suffer permanent damage but is very angry, saying,"We're not talking about leaving a wrench on somebody's car engine. We're talking about top surgeons at a major hospital doing this; this is somebody's life.”
~ Dr. David Byrd, his surgeon, left the malleable retractor inside Church. It is a thin, 2-inch-wide, ruler-sized metal device which is placed temporarily beneath the wound being closed. While the surgeon is suturing the patient with a long needle, the retractor protects the underlying organs from the needle.
~ It is meant to be held partly out of the opening while the suturing is ongoing. No one knows how or when it slipped into Church’s body during this end procedure.
~ But the hospital has a “record” of this kind of mistake. It settled four other “left behind object” cases in the last ten years.

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