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Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Certificate of Merit Rule Returns

The Oklahoma Legislature refuses to give up on the controversial Affidavit of Merit requirement for filing medical malpractice lawsuits. Even after the state Supreme Court twice struck down the rule as a violation of the Oklahoma Constitution, the lawmakers resurrected it yet again during a recent special session aimed at broad lawsuit reform. As we… Read More »

Why Nursing Home Abuse Is on the Rise

As baby boomers move into their 60s and beyond, demand for nursing home services is likely to increase dramatically. In fact, the 2010 U.S. Census found that 13 percent of the population is 65 or above — the greatest proportion of older people in our nation’s history. As we look for competent and compassionate care… Read More »

What is Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing homes are supposed to be professional care facilities for the elderly. Yet some nursing homes in Oklahoma and across the country treat patients with disrespect, neglect and even abuse. If you are the victim of elder care abuse, or if you suspect your loved one may be being taken advantage of or harmed in… Read More »

What Are the Most Common Medical Malpractice Accidents?

Hospitals are designed to treat injuries and illnesses — not cause further harm to patients. Yet medical mistakes occur with surprising frequency. Legally defined, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to show a patient proper medical care and attention, and as a result, that patient suffers injury or illness. Medical malpractice errors can range… Read More »

Birth Injuries: What Are the Risks, and What Can You Do If Your Baby Is Injured?

Most babies come through the birth process relatively unscathed. Moreover, many who suffer birth injuries have only the most mild bruising or even tiny lacerations, which heal completely in a short time. However, women and babies who have some of the following risk factors are at higher risk for birth injuries to the baby as… Read More »

New Protections for Oklahoma Nursing Home Patients

Facing the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult challenge requiring vigilance. What happens when family is not around, especially with the care of profoundly ill or incapacitated patients? Beginning on November 1, 2013, Oklahoma families have the additional oversight of videotaping at the facility to guarantee quality of… Read More »

Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out Onerous Requirement in Medical Malpractice Cases

In a companion case to Douglas v. Cox Retirement Properties, Inc., the Oklahoma Supreme Court threw out the requirement that a plaintiff must file an expert’s affidavit at the time of filing suit for medical malpractice. The patient, Timothy Wall, filed a petition alleging medical negligence against Dr. John S. Marouk when the doctor allegedly… Read More »

Spinal Fusion Techniques — Medical Study Released

Patient advocates have long pressed to make modern medicine more transparent. Pharmaceutical and medical device companies have recently started to disclose their payments to doctors. To further transparency, medical journals now require researchers to disclose any financial connections to a study’s sponsor. Medtronic began the sale of a bioengineered bone growth protein called Infuse, which… Read More »

Reducing Infections Acquired in Hospitals

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), healthcare-associated infections (HAI) affect one in 20 hospitalized patients. You may acquire an HAI in a healthcare setting when exposed to germs during your stay or during a procedure. A new study that looked at one deadly form of HAI suggests careful cleaning measures can… Read More »

Caring for Elderly Loved Ones: Be Aware of Medications

With age come infirmities and medical issues. Along with those issues come prescriptions. And sometimes those prescriptions are for dangerous drugs. In a study focused on medication prescribed to six million elderly Medicare Advantage patients, Brown University researchers found a startling 21 percent were prescribed medications considered dangerous by the National Committee for Quality Assurance… Read More »