Are Cruise Lines Liable for Medical Malpractice?

Cruise ships are meant for fun and travel. However, passengers on cruise ships are just as prone to getting injured as they are on land. Regardless of what caused the accident, today’s cruise ship passengers expect competent medical care from the onboard doctors and nurses. A cruise line company may be liable for cruise ship medical malpractice if their healthcare professionals provide substandard care to passengers. The History of Why Cruise Lines Could Not Held Responsible for Medical Malpractice For more than a century, passengers could not sue a cruise line for medical malpractice while on board a ship...

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Stillborn Births Caused by Medical Malpractice

Having a stillborn baby after months of pregnancy is devastating. In many instances, stillbirths are caused by events beyond a doctor’s control. However, when a stillbirth could have been prevented by proper medical care, the impact can be even more heartbreaking. In these instances, parents can bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against the responsible medical professionals. Although no amount of money will make the pain go away, it can help bring a sense of justice and closure. Common Causes of Stillbirths In stillbirth cases, many times the cause of the baby’s death is unknown. However, there are several factors...

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NY Governor Cuomo Signs “Lavern’s Law”: Med Mal Bill Extending Time Period for Patients To File Suit

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation known as ‘Lavern’s Law’ which corrected an injustice in the law which had left certain victims of medical malpractice without any access to justice when initially misdiagnosed as not having cancers or malignant tumors. Before this important legislation was enacted, the statute of limitations, (the time by which a lawsuit must be brought,) started running when the actual misdiagnosis occurred rather than when the victim actually learned that she/he had been misdiagnosed. By the time the patient learns of the misdiagnosis, it could be years after the actual malpractice occurred,...

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The Challenges of Living With Erb’s Palsy

As a parent of a child who suffered a birth injury that caused Erb’s palsy, you know that he or she may be permanently disabled. Erb’s palsy is a condition that is caused by injury to the nerves in the brachial plexus, a network of nerves near the neck that provides movement and sensation to the shoulder, arm, hand and fingers. In some cases, the injury can impact the entire trunk. In most cases, the Erb’s palsy affects the spinal cord’s ability to send messages to the arm, wrist, hand, or fingers through normal nerve impulses. Erb’s Palsy birth...

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Get a Second Medical Opinion!

When you get sick, you go to the doctor and trust that he or she will properly diagnose and treat your ailment. However, doctors are human and as trusting as you may be of them, there is always the risk that he or she may make a mistake. A mistake or misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition can have significant impacts on your life and your well-being. If you are seriously ill, it is always important to get a second medical opinion. Although you may not think you can afford a second opinion, the price you could end up...

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