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In November 2015, Yahoo! Parenting ran an article titled “Woman Sues Hospital over Traumatic Birth That Turned Our Family Life Upside Down,” http://yhoo.it/1VJGaVp. The article describes a lawsuit filed by Caroline Malatesta in Birmingham, AL, against Brookwood Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare. According to the article, Malatesta alleged that she was enticed to switch from a traditional hospital offering “a typically medicalized approach” to childbirth, such as laboring on her back with her feet in stirrups, to a new facility that “used a splashy marketing campaign to offer women ‘autonomy,’ birthing tubs, cushy suites, and the honoring of ‘any personalized birthing plan.’” Malatesta reported to Yahoo! Parenting that her experience at Brookwood included “aggressive medical interventions that left her disempowered, permanently injured, and psychologically traumatized.” The Yahoo! Parenting article grouped the Malatesta lawsuit under the larger rubric of “obstetric violence,” with links to other articles with titles such as “Bullied, Powerless, and Defeated: 45 Women Share Their Striking Birth Stories” and “Woman Forced into Episiotomy Fights Back with Lawsuit.”
By Janice G. Inman
In a drug or medical device injury case, one of the defense’s most potent arguments is often that the product in question underwent FDA approval, so the balance of its safety and efficacy has already been determined. But when a device is approved for sale to the public through the FDA’s 510(k) process, the rigorous safety and efficacy analysis required of new and unique medical devices has not been undertaken.
By Kevin Quinley
For health care services to serve an influx of patients, so-called “physician extenders” now carry out functions previously performed by doctors. The aim of this article is to examine factors driving the growth in physician extenders, identify liability “hotspots” and offer tactics for health care providers to use in managing professional/medical liability risks.
By Mitch Warnock
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
Your paralyzed client currently has many problems to deal with, but the future holds many more. In order to advocate for your client, you need to gain an understanding of his or her current and future challenges, and work to maximize the resources your client will need to deal with them.
By Janice G. Inman
When an injury occurs, the first reaction of those in the medical office might be to ask, "Did the patient sign an informed consent form?" When the answer is "Yes," and the harm that occurred is listed as a possibility on that signed form, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Right? Not so fast.