The Worst Month, Day And Hour To Have Surgery

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

People in Wisconsin contemplating going in for a surgery might be interested to hear that there are certain months, days, and times when their risk of encountering medical errors may be higher. Traditionally, people used to plan surgeries around lunar cycles, and while that is not necessarily how surgeries are planned nowadays, the calendar may […]

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Man Sues Doctor After 24 Failed Surgeries

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Wisconsin residents may be interested in a story about a 35-year-old man who endured a bad nose job in an effort to correct his somewhat asymmetric nose. Expecting for the procedure to be simple and requiring just two days of recovery, the patient is now seeking legal action for what has turned into a series […]

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Medical Errors More Common Than Previously Thought

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Wisconsin individuals who have visited the doctor’s office or emergency room may be interested to know that up to 20 percent of cases are misdiagnosed. These incidences of medical malpractice far exceed the number of drug and surgery errors but receive considerably less attention. A 2009 report conducted by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality […]

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Parents Sue Doctor Over Sex Reassignment

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Those who live in Wisconsin and require sex assignment surgery must usually go through extensive counseling and consultation with physicians before an operation will be performed. Most doctors are cautious about performing this type of procedure. This is due to the possibility of a painful recovery, and even psychological damage if a patient has surgery […]

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Boorish Behavior By Doctors Can Lead To Medical Malpractice

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Wisconsin medical patients may want to observe their physician’s interaction with the staff the next time they visit the doctor. New studies among health care workers have revealed that bullying and disruptive behavior among doctors and nurses is common. Some workers say that this behavior is leading to medical malpractice. In a recent survey of over […]

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Medical Robots Raising Safety Questions

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Medical technology keeps advancing, and most doctors and healthcare professionals consider these advances beneficial for patients. However, cases of medical malpractice have been reported involving one new and widely used technology: the robotic multi-armed da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries in 2012. The robotic system has been linked with reports of deaths and injuries as well […]

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Surprise Study Shows Shorter Shifts Increase Medical Errors

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

In an effort to study the effects of reducing the shift times of hospital residents in Wisconsin and other states, two research groups surveyed more than 2,300 interns going into residency programs. Residents were sent surveys every three months, asking questions about their performance on the job, sleep habits and mental health. The surprising results […]

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Wisconsin Legislature Considers “I’m Sorry” Bill

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

A doctor and a nurse serving in the Wisconsin Legislature have introduced a bill that would allow medical practitioners to apologize to patients when a mistake is made without the words being used against them later. Thirty-five states have similar laws. In 2006, a similar bill was introduced and approved by the legislature. Governor Doyle […]

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“More Is Better” Mindset May Result In Unnecessary Testing

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

With more than 135 tests and procedures that are possibly overused by doctors, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation has launched a “Choosing Wisely” initiative designed to cut down on unnecessary or ineffective interventions. Unnecessary testing can lead to medical malpractice cases and can result in negative outcomes for Wisconsin patients. The initiative began by identifying […]

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Law Permits Nursing Homes To Conceal Records Of Abuse, Neglect

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

A Wisconsin state law that passed in 2011 changed the way long-term health care providers are required to report their facilities’ records for injuries, abuse and deaths. The tort reform law, known as Wisconsin Act 2 of 2011, makes state records related to injuries and death on their property inadmissible in court, including records regarding […]

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