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  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on June 6, 2016

      Bringing a medical device to the market can often be a slow, ineffective process. This is due to the amount of requirements and restrictions in place to ensure products are safe enough for the public. While safety is always top priority, this frequently delayed process can hurt the medical industry by being an unattractive investment for start-ups and venture capital firms.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on May 5, 2016

    Months after the FDA discouraged doctors from using power morcellators, medical professionals are still including the tool in their non-invasive procedures. In fact, nearly 50 physicians sent a letter to the FDA hoping to rescind its position. Here is the information you need to know about the controversial medical tool. What are power morcellators?
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on April 4, 2016

    According to the Kansas Health Institute, nationwide there were at least 4 million infections and potentially avoidable injuries in hospitals during 2014. This means around 12 of every 100 hospital stays resulted in some kind of infection or preventable injury. Although there are certain things that are nearly impossible for hospitals to control, hospitals are still expected to reduce the risk of incidents and are judged yearly via injury and infection rates.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on March 3, 2016

    On January 4, 2016, the FDA issued final orders with stricter data requirements for surgical pelvic mesh. Also known as transvaginal mesh, the implant is a net-like device designed to reinforce tissues that have become weak or stretched out due to a variety of reasons.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on March 3, 2015

  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on February 2, 2015

    Although medical errors are not common for doctors, they do occur. In these events, it's important to understand the types of errors that commonly occur when errors do take place at the hands of a medical provider. Below, the personal injury lawyers at Lipkin & Higgins have collected a list of common doctoral errors that can be interpreted into medical malpractice:
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on August 8, 2014

    The Institute of Medicine's semi-annual study of preventable medical errors estimated as many as 98,000 people die every year at a cost of $29 billion from medical malpractice. Despite these numbers, Americans still seem unaware of just how prevalent the problem is. Many people believe there are thousands of medical negligence lawsuits and only a few genuine medical errors.
  • Posted by Lipkin Higgins on July 7, 2014

    Every year an estimated 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI). ¹ Traumatic brain injuries are becoming a major cause of disability and death in the United States. In fact, traumatic brain injuries are a contributing factor to over 30% of all injury-related deaths in the United States.² Caused by a bump or blow to the head, a TBI disrupts the normal functions of the brain.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on April 4, 2013

              Spinal injuries are among the most common injuries resulting from an accident.  The spine is divided into three regions – cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back), and lumbar (low back).  Depending on whether the spinal nerves have been affected, a person may experience tingling, numbness or pain in her arms/hands following a cervical spinal injury or numbness, tingling and pain in the legs with a low back injury.
  • Posted by Peter Higgins on March 3, 2013

    A resident services director at a California independent living center made headlines recently when she made a 911 call then refused to give CPR to a dying 87-year- old woman while the 911 dispatcher pleaded for her to help so the woman would not die. Their seven-minute discussion was recorded and has now been played on news broadcasts all over the world. Unfortunately, the woman died and the overall consensus seems to be that of outrage that the services director just sat there calmly and did nothing.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on April 4, 2012

    It is often said among proponents of medical malpractice reform that a jury comprised of ordinary citizens cannot evaluate whether a doctor or hospital acted negligently because medical issues are too complex for the average person who lacks the experience to weigh a doctor’s actions. According to these advocates, jurors too often reach their decision not on the medical evidence, but on the basis of sympathy for the medical condition of the plaintiff.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on January 1, 2012

    A “jury of one’s peers” as the Constitution provides, does not mean all jurors receive the same evidence in the same way. Where a juror lives often reflects community bias, more or less favorable to personal injury litigation. Juries in Cook County (Chicago) are considered more favorable for personal injury litigation than DuPage County (Wheaton, Naperville).
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on September 9, 2011

      A “stat” order means that the medical test ordered by your doctor- eg. an MRI, complete blood count, angiogram- should occur immediately. It also means your doctor should learn the results of the test as soon as they’re available.  A “stat” order suggests a possible emergency condition, one where treatment must immediately be undertaken. Tests not designated as “stat” can occur when possible- a few hours, the next day or even next week.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on July 7, 2011

    There's so much talk out there about "frivolous" medical malpractice lawsuits. You know, cases with no merit, filed by greedy lawyers just to shake down innocent doctors and hospitals, who supposedly pay off just to avoid costs of litigation. Medical malpractice lawyers laugh at such suggestions.
  • Posted by Mitchell Lipkin on July 7, 2011