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Medical malpractice suit settles for $5.5 million

Most Montana residents have probably heard a story or two about living donors, people who selflessly offer a part of their body to help another human live a better life. In many cases, the donor has no other connection to the recipient and just wants to help. While such acts show incredible kindness, compassion and generosity, unfortunately, typically, the act of harvesting the donor's gift carries some risk for the donor, and sometimes, the procedure does not go as planned. In the case of a man who donated bone marrow to a teenager overseas, the result was tragic. Shortly after his death, his family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking damages, and the case was recently settled for $5.5 million.

Medical negligence can happen during medication use process

Most people in Montana and across the U.S. visit a doctor from time to time, whether for a minor ailment or a chronic condition, and they trust that, when they do so, they will receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, doctors and other health care professionals do occasionally make mistakes, and while, sometimes, this is simply a case of human error, other incidents can fall into the category of medical negligence. Doctors may make mistakes or be negligent at any point during their time with a patient, and errors made during the medication use process happen all too often, sometimes resulting in death.

Knowing where uninsured patients can get care

If you do not have health insurance, you may think that Bozeman's many hospitals and healthcare clinics are essentially closed to you and your family. Several of those that we here at Cok Kinzler PLLP have assisted in the past have shared this same belief. Yet we can assure you that care is available when you truly need it. Federal regulations require healthcare providers to see you in certain situations, regardless of your ability to pay. Understanding what those are may help you identify when a facility may be violating the law by refusing you treatment. 

Connecting heuristics to diagnostic errors

The doctors staffing the hospitals and clinics throughout Bozeman put a great deal of time and effort into their education and training. The expectation that comes from that is that they will be able to recognize the appropriate clinical indicators when diagnosing and subsequently treating patients. Diagnostic errors, however, remain a huge problem in healthcare. According to study information shared by the National Patient Safety Foundation, as many as 80,000 people per year may die due to diagnostic errors. This alarmingly high incidence rate may cause many to question how, with all of the technology at their disposal, are doctors able to assign a wrong diagnosis. 

Defining never events

Far too many of the clients that we here at Cok Kinzler PLLP have worked with in Bozeman have put their trust in doctors only to later have that violated due to egregious errors. Oftentimes, a provider will attempt to justify his or her mistake by saying that it is a common one that occurs in healthcare. You may be able to effectively counter such a claim if you understand the concept of never events.

Reviewing average doctor visit times

The doctors and other clinicians working in the hospitals and medical centers in and around Bozeman have studied their craft for years and supplemented that learning with extensive clinical training. Yet even with all of this acquired expertise, diagnostic errors remain a problem that plagues the American healthcare system. Information shared by the National Center for Policy Analysis shows that some studies indicate that as many as 10-20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed.

What are nosocomial infections?

You likely view the hospitals and medical centers in Bozeman and throughout the rest of local area as being safe havens where you can go and expect to be cured or treated for whatever illness or injury you may be experiencing. This expectation is justified, as these facilities offer state-of-the-art treatment technologies administered by skilled professionals. However, it should also be remembered that you and other patients may bring with you disease-causing pathogens that can be easily transmitted to others in such a setting. The question then becomes how likely are you to acquire an infection while in the hospital?

Court rules woman cannot sue out-of-state doctor under state laws

People in Bozeman who have suffered due to poor care rendered by medical providers may count on the law to provide them with recourse. Often, their intention is not to punish the doctors or clinicians involved, but rather earn compensation to cover the cost of the issues that they are left to deal with. However, as is the case in all legal proceedings, issues such as jurisdiction must first be settled before one can move forward with any intended legal action.

What is perinatal asphyxia?

Expectant parents like yourself in Bozeman typically go into their deliveries with excitement, not apprehension. While no one wants to temper your anticipation, it should still be remembered that childbirth is a complicated process, during which provider errors may occur that cause injuries to your baby. One such complication observed before and during delivery is perinatal asphyxia. You may be asking what this condition is, and can it be prevented?

Qualifying an expert witness in Montana

Medical malpractice claims may be one of the more common forms of legal actions initiated in Bozeman and throughout the rest of the state. Indeed, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank, 1,350 of such claims resulted in payouts to patients in Montana from 2005-2015. Yet those numbers may give the impression that successfully arguing such cases is easy. On the contrary, proving a claim of negligence against a physician or healthcare practitioner may be extremely difficult, as he or she likely has an expert level understanding of his or her field.

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