• Are Hospital Emergency Rooms Actually Part of the Hospital?

    When you need to go to an emergency room, the last thing on your mind is likely to be whether the emergency room is part of the hospital.  It is common sense; of course, the emergency room in the local hospital is part of the hospital, right?  Actually, the current trend in medical care is for hospitals to "contract out" emergency room care to an "emergency medicine group" who, in turn, staffs the physicians (and sometimes the nurses) in the emergency room. This has become a hot-button...
  • What is the difference between malpractice and negligence?

    Many people use the terms malpractice and negligence interchangeably when referring to personal injury that occurs at the hands of a medical professional. Negligence is, in fact, only one aspect of a medical malpractice claim.   Negligence forms the basis of many torts that are unrelated to the practice of medicine.  It is based on the premise that people owe a duty of care to others. For example, a driver has a duty to operate his or her vehicle safely and not injure other people or...

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