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Medical Malpractice in Atlanta

Most doctors aren’t “Dr. House.” And, some doctors, rather than curing, end up causing their patients even more harm. Medical Malpractice is a type of personal injury case that arises when a patient has been injured because of the improper action (or inaction) of a healthcare professional or medical facility.

Negligent actions resulting in medical malpractice cases can include an error in diagnosis, treatment, or illness management. If you have suffered injuries due to the improper actions of a medical provider or health care facility, an Atlanta Personal Injury lawyer can help you understand if you have a personal injury case.

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A Guide to Nursing Home Patients' Rights in Georgia

This week, many are no doubt hearing about the case in California where a nurse refused to perform CPR on an 87-year-old woman who later died.

The woman was a resident at an independent living facility which was also attached to a nursing home. That difference was key in the woman's denial of care. Nursing homes have a higher standard of care than an apartment facility for the elderly.

The incident leads many to ask: What are a patient's rights in a nursing home?

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits and Georgia's Statute of Limitations

Medical malpractice are two scary words for doctors and those in the medical profession. Doctors have to pay huge amounts just to procure proper malpractice insurance, due to the danger of being sued.

If sued, the costs could be astronomical -- not just for the legal defense, but also for the potential damages for making the plaintiff whole.

What is a medical malpractice lawsuit, and what does Georgia law say about it?

Bonnie Turbyfield was driving her husband home from a routine knee surgery when Emmett Lee Turbyfield stopped breathing. Emmett Lee suffered irreversible brain damage from the incident and died two days later.

Bonnie blames her husband's death on the hospital's alleged failure to train its nurses, CBS Atlanta News reports. She's now pushing for a continuing education mandate for nurses, and has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Northwest Georgia Orthopaedic Surgery Center and the doctors and nurses who treated Emmett Lee Turbyfield.

Threesomes can not only get you in trouble with your significant other, they can kill you as well. On Tuesday, the family of a Lawrenceville man who died during a threesome was awarded $3 million dollars in a medical malpractice suit brought against the man's physician, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

William Martinez died in 2009 when his heart gave out during a threesome with a friend and a woman who was not his wife. The medical malpractice suit contended that Martinez's cardiologist, Dr. Sreenivasulu Gangasani, was aware that the man had high blood pressure and was at risk of having clogged arteries but failed to instruct him to avoid strenuous activity.

Obesity Statistics Improve Nationally

The obesity statistics are in. And they are good.

Turns out that American obesity rates have remained unchanged over the past 12 years, reports the New York Times. In all, 35.7 percent of America's adult population and 16.9 percent of children qualify as obese. The data comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

There are some other interesting nuggets when you look deeper. Reports The Times:

For instance, men and boys have become fatter since 1999, and so have non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American women.

Asthma Lawsuits? Acetaminophen and Asthma Connected

The powerful pain-killing agent acetaminophen may be connected to the asthma boom in children, reports the New York Times.

Apparently there is evidence out there now showing that the asthma epidemic in children took off when doctors gave acetaminophen to children to protect against Reye's Syndrome.

Want Plastic Surgery? Don't be Duped by Untrained Cosmetic Surgeons

If you are out in the market looking for a face-life or little nip-and-tuck, you might want to know the difference between “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery.”

The words sound similar, but understanding the distinction could even save your life, especially as people are dying at the hands of untrained cosmetic surgeons, reports USA Today.

Basically, the only doctors that the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) certifies to engage in “cosmetic” procedures, are “plastic” surgeons. However, because of the similarity in the two words, many doctors that are not trained as plastic surgeons, are holding themselves out as “cosmetic” surgeons and hoping that people won’t know the difference.

Mentally Ill Man Who Killed His Mother Can Sue Psychiatrist

The family of a mentally ill man who killed his mother because he was taken off certain medicines, won the right to sue his psychiatrist for medical malpractice, reports the Associated Press.

Although Georgia state laws ban a criminal's family from profiting from a killing, Victor Bruscato's father had been arguing that an exception be made in this case. In his view, Victor Bruscato only killed his mother because the psychiatrist, Dr. Derek Johnson O'Brien, discontinued his son's anti-psychotic medication.

5-Year-Old Kensley Kirby Dead from O.D. at Family Medical Clinic

Kensley Kirby, a five year old that went for treatment at Family Medical Clinic on Hampton Road for a broken arm, ended up dying as a result of an overdose of Lidocaine, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Although the incident occurred in June, confirmation about the cause of death only came out now, after the Henry County Coroner's office finished its inquiry.

&"They went from picking the color of the cast with their daughter to basically being with her as she died," the family's lawyer, Pete Law, told the AJC.

Should Georgia Require Reporting of Hospital-Related Infections?

Georgia residents may have difficulties making informed decisions when it comes to where they should be going for their health care. This is because the state has no requirement for hospitals to make a public report on the hospital-related infections that patients pick up while under a particular hospital's care, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Some consumer advocacy groups strongly feel that the state of Georgia should pass a law that requires hospitals to disclose this type of information, where these groups feel that the disclosure rates of potentially deadly infections within hospital facilities would improve patient safety. Currently, 28 U.S. states have similar laws in place.