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Is the state medical board too lenient in giving second chances?

Georgia patients' rights advocates, including medical malpractice attorneys, have expressed concern over some instances in which Georgia regulators have allowed doctors who have been disciplined by the state medical board to have their licenses and privileges reinstated. It's been argued that the Georgia Composite Board is too deferential to some doctors who have harmed patients or placed them at risk and that state lawmakers may need to require stricter sanctions by the board.

Study: Explanations and apologies can reduce malpractice cases

Your doctor (or another medical professional) made a mistake. You're not sure yet what the long-term consequences will be to your health and haven't decided whether or not to take legal action. However, to add insult to injury — literally — no one has fully explained what happened or apologized.

Medical malpractice could happen to you or someone you love

If you think that your family will never be touched by the horrors of medical malpractice, we urge you to think again and to be cautious. Most victims of medical malpractice, especially those suffering serious or catastrophic injuries, thought the same thing when they went to a medical facility for help.

Can a surgical error victim acquire pain and suffering damages?

Medical malpractice can take many forms from a medication error to delayed diagnosis. While it may seem impossible to comprehend, surgical errors are a common type of malpractice. Examples of surgical mistakes causing severe injuries include:

Georgia victim of medical malpractice awarded $18 million

Patients aren't expected to know when they're in medical danger. That's really the physician's job to keep track of what is happening and spot things like an infection that's spinning out of control. Just because the patient didn't complain and draw the physician's attention to a potential problem, doesn't mean the physician is off the hook.

Nurses charged in death of senior at nursing home

A total of three different staff members, two nurses and a healthcare aide, have been charged with crimes related to an elderly veteran's death. Their actions, or more accurately lack of action, is also the focus of a wrongful death suit against the care center for which they worked.

Doctors need to take the time to listen to patients

Many patients feel like their doctors rush them when they are trying to speak to them. This is actually very true. On average, doctors cut patients off after only 17 seconds of speaking. This is an atrocity that must be corrected because the doctors need all the pertinent information to be able to order appropriate tests and make the proper diagnosis.

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