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Malpractice insurance rates for doctors remain flat

Medical malpractice insurance rates for doctors in Florida and across the country have remained flat for nearly a decade. They continue to remain at that same flat level, despite the fact that the insurance sector has experienced losses for two years. Despite the fact that malpractice insurance rates have remained flat, patients continue to experience surgical errors, medical mistakes and other serious problems as a result of doctor or hospital negligence. There are a number of reasons why the insurance industry has not raised its rates despite significant payouts.

Doctor burnout can harm patients

A study of more than 6,700 physicians around the country found that more than half of them are burned out. This can have a negative impact on Florida patients. About 10 percent of those who took part in the survey said that they had committed a major error in the three months before it was conducted. Researchers found that those who were burned out were twice as likely to make a serious error.

Coverys reveals trends in radiology-related malpractice

Florida residents who will be undergoing X-rays or other radiological procedures will want to know about the findings of a study by Coverys, the medical liability insurance provider. Researchers studied more than 10,000 closed claims alleging radiology-related malpractice. These claims spanned the years 2013 to 2017 and mostly involved missed, delayed or incorrect diagnoses.

Human error during surgery

Many different types of errors can occur during a surgical procedure. Florida residents who need to have surgery can take steps to give themselves the best chances of not being a victim of human errors during a procedure. If an error does take place during their surgery, it is important that they know what steps to take to protect their interests and rights.

Major surgical mistakes have serious consequences

In Florida, some types of surgical errors are so egregious that they are widely reported by the media. These types of surgical mistakes include operating on the wrong patient, performing surgery on the wrong site or attempting the wrong surgical procedure. These incidents are so serious that they are referred to as "never incidents" because they should never happen.

Surgical sponges found in woman's body years after surgery

Leaving a surgical instrument inside a patient following a surgery is considered to be a "never event," meaning it should never happen at a Florida health care center. However, there are rare cases when this does occur and results in complications months or even years later. One such recently discovered incident occurred to a Japanese woman.

How hospitalists reduce risk of obstetrician malpractice

In Florida, as elsewhere in the U.S., obstetricians find themselves faced with various pressures. They are often the target of lawsuits as patients can quickly put the blame on them when their expectations of a normal birth and a healthy baby are not met. One of the most common claims in these malpractice suits is that an obstetrician's delay during the delivery process caused the injury or condition in question.

Medical malpractice isn't always a slam dunk

When people talk about medical malpractice cases, it is easy to feel sympathy for the victim and to immediately assume that the medical professional or medical institution on the other side of the equation is at fault. And in many cases, this is true. But it is also important to recognize that not every medical malpractice case will lead to justice. There are ways for medical professionals and institutions to defend themselves, and we want to cover those possibilities in today's post.

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