Medical malpractice cases need to be investigated like a medical examination; one that includes the taking of current complaints, a medical history, a physical examination and a differential diagnosis. Since the medical field is in flux, the attorney must appreciate that medicine is changing through technological innovation, instant communication and electronic health record implementation.

For the start of our legal examination, we must understand the current complaint: medical errors. Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Deaths from medical errors are almost eight times greater than deaths from firearms. This numeric does not even include catastrophic injuries or life-long debilitations. Errors occur despite significant technological advancements; such as: robotic surgery, drug interaction websites, journal article search engines, electronic health recording systems, uniform DICOM viewers, mobile access and remote surgeries. It seems that these advancements have led to a decrease in communication among medical providers, an increase in active cases assigned to busy practitioners and an over-reliance on technology to solve problems.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]