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May 2013 Archives

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.

FDA ups warnings on drug often prescribed for pregnant women

Birth injuries and medical malpractice claims associated with them often relate to clear errors made by one or more members of a hospital delivery team during childbirth. In the absence of such error and departure from the reasonable standard of care that is expected by both patients and within the medical industry, complications are rare events; doctors and other health care professionals going about their business in a duly competent manner can typically do so free of liability concerns.

Johns Hopkins study: diagnostic error frequent, deadly

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) was established in 1986 to serve as a repository for information relating to medical malpractice payments. The goal was and continues to be to identify the types and magnitude of medical error and enhance patient safety.

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