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Who is Responsible for Foster Care Abuse?

Foster care abuse is far too common and has been a major issue for a long time. In 2003, Frontline prepared a comprehensive report called Failure to Protect detailing some of the egregious lapses within the foster care industry.  The executive director of Children’s Rights, Inc. told Frontline that foster children cannot be considered safe…

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Misdiagnosis rate 15 to 28 percent, recent study reports

According to a recent survey by the National Coalition on Heath Care and Best Doctors, INC, the rate of misdiagnoses is anywhere from 15 percent to 28 percent. Researchers set out to determine the reasons for this high rate and what steps, if any, could be taken to reduce it. They surveyed 400 physicians, medical…

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Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence More Likely When Patients Don’t Get Visitors

As many as 60 percent of senior citizens who live in a nursing home environment do not receive outside visitors. Review Journal reported on this troubling statistic recently. When seniors do not receive regular visitors from outside, those seniors are much more likely to become depressed. The psychological results of having no visitors are troubling, as lonely…

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Disturbing Medical Errors Can Put Chicago Patients at Risk

Most people expect doctors to provide reasonable care and avoid egregious mistakes which can be detrimental to a patient’s health. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors do things which are so clearly negligent and below the professional standard of care that there is no question they have harmed the patient.  In cases like this, a legal doctrine called res…

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Healthcare System Complexity is a Top Cause of Medical Error

The United States is undergoing a “medical error crisis,” and it is not doing enough to fix it. After recent news reports revealed that more than 250,000 deaths occur annually due to medical error, an editorial in U.S. News and World Report commented that “the lack of a response from political leaders, the heads of major hospitals, insurance…

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Medical Error Now the Third Biggest Killer in the U.S.

The risk of death because of medical malpractice has long been a primary concern for patients throughout the United States. Unfortunately, new research shows that worries about medical mistakes are not unfounded. As RT reports, medical error is now the third leading cause of death within the United States. Only cancer and heart disease cause…

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Birth Injuries in Babies

When a child experiences a birth injury, parents are faced with many issues to tackle. Filled with confusion and grief, it is hard to know what to do when your child experiences a serious injury during birth. There are several types of common birth injuries that parents should be aware of. Head and Brain Injury The…

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May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Each May, people from all walks of life come together to help children and young adults in the foster care system. Even though the goal of foster programs is to provide and care for kids all year long, having this one month provides an opportunity for the nation to focus its attention on a purpose…

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Has My Doctor Been Sued For Medical Malpractice?

In a 2010 report by the American Medical Association (AMA), more than 60 percent of doctors over the age of 55 have been sued at least once. This may seem shocking, but it is not. Most physicians will be sued for malpractice at some point in their career, whether or not the cases are dismissed…

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Chicago Car Accidents Caused by Careless Truck Drivers

Car accidents can occur whenever a motorist makes an unsafe choice, such as driving while fatigued. Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle collisions on the road. Unfortunately, Safety BLR recently reported a survey of truck drivers in which professional drivers indicated conditions in their workplace were routinely causing them to…

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