Posts from August 2021.

A review of 10 years of lawsuits reveals that the top medical malpractice allegations are for surgical errors and diagnostic mistakes. And these medical errors cause patients the most severe harm.

Covery’s, a medical malpractice insurance provider, reviewed closed medical malpractice lawsuits between 2010 and 2019, which resulted in a comprehensive report: “A Call for Action: Insights From a Decade of Malpractice Claims.”  That 10-year review included more than 20,000 claims of medical malpractice involving slightly fewer than 12,000 adverse events.

Errors Most ...

Inspectors recently found that a substantial percentage of U.S. commercial truckers were violating federal rules designed to keep dangerously tired truck drivers off the road.

In May the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted its annual International Roadcheck event – three days of random roadside inspections of truckers and their rigs.  Inspectors throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico uncovered thousands of unsafe truck drivers and unsafe vehicles.

The most serious of violations issued are called out-of-service violations because the truck driver or ...

What role should pharmacists play in preventing serious medication errors?  In a hospital setting, one study shows they can have a major impact in protecting patients from severe harm.

According to a whitepaper from the National Center for Biotechnology (“Medication Dispensing Errors and Prevention”), 7,000 to 9,000 people in the United States die every year from a medication error. Medication errors are a common type of medical error.  A 2016 Johns Hopkins University study asserts that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the country.

“Right” Drug ...

In a preview of even larger numbers to come next month, inspectors found more than 1,200 commercial trucks with dangerously unsafe brakes in just one day.

Earlier in July the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, a group of truck safety and law enforcement officials throughout North America, revealed it had, in May, conducted surprise roadside inspections of semi-trucks.  The previously unannounced “Brake Safety Day” included some 10,000 inspections.

The CVSA said the inspections largely were focused on faulty truck brakes and was a precursor to its annual “Brake Safety ...

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Personal Injury Trial Process in Missouri

If you are considering pursuing legal action in a personal injury case, you may be wondering what the potential trial process will involve. The St. Louis personal injury lawyers at Gray Ritter Graham are here to help you understand what to expect in a personal injury trial.

It is important to note that each personal injury case is different, and you should consult with a Missouri personal injury attorney to determine if your case may go to trial. Our St. Louis personal injury attorneys can help guide you through the personal injury trial process ...

A nonprofit group focused on making medical care safer annually grades hospitals based on input from the facilities and government agencies.  Recently it let patients have their say regarding healthcare safety.

The Leapfrog Group twice a year publishes safety report cards for hospitals across the country.  It offers an overall letter grade – “A” being the best and “F” a failing grade – for each facility based on scores issued for a wide variety of factors linked to preventable medical errors, including:

·         Hospital-acquired infections

·         Surgical mistakes

·         Communication ...


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