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August 2014 Archives

New technology could help prevent surgery errors

Miami's residents are probably aware of the black box used in airplanes to record flight data and communications that is used to help investigators better understand why planes become disabled or crash. However, Floridians may not be aware that similar technology may soon be coming to a hospital near them in an attempt to reduce the number of surgery errors that cause patient harm.

Medical malpractice lawsuits help the injured to recover

Our blog often discusses medical malpractice and how devastating it can be for those who fall victim to it. Yet, those who have been seriously injured may either be afraid or too stressed to think about taking legal action. If you have been hurt by a negligent doctor, then you probably just want to focus on regaining your health. However, medical malpractice attorneys can help you seek the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Understanding bedsores and taking legal action

On the Miami Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we recently discussed the significant number of our elderly who are subjected to nursing home neglect and abuse. Though numbers and statistics may be shocking, they don't really give an accurate portrayal of how devastating nursing home neglect can be for unsuspecting residents.

Can I file a medical malpractice suit if I signed a consent form?

Yes, depending on the circumstances, you can. Though signing a consent form allows doctors to legally perform the duties listed, the form itself may fail to provide what is known as informed consent. Informed consent means that a patient understands the procedure he or she is about to undergo, is made aware of any alternative procedures, and is told of any substantial risks. If a patient lacks informed consent and is harmed during a procedure, then he or she may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Such a lawsuit may also be filed if a patient is forced to sign a consent form after the injurious incident has already occurred or if he or she was incompetent when the form was signed.

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