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Medical Malpractice

Anesthesia mistakes that can lead to injuries 

When a patient undergoes a surgical procedure, anesthesia will be administered to put them in a sleep-like state. Before doing so, however, the health care provider ought to let the patient understand the risks involved. While anesthesia is generally safe thanks to advances in medical technology, mistakes still happen.  Anesthesia mistakes can lead to serious injuries. If you or a loved one sustains an anesthesia-related injury, you may pursue the healthcare provider or hospital for damages through a medical malpractice claim. But how do anesthesia injuries happen? Here are three ways an...

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Understanding medical malpractice compensation caps in Ohio

The theory behind personal injury compensation is that it primarily serves to make an injury victim “whole” again. Viewed one way, this idea is pretty offensive. After all, no amount of compensation can make up for the consequences associated with serious, catastrophic or fatal injuries. Yet, viewed another way, it is a hopeful concept. Although money alone can’t “make things right,” awarding as much compensation as is necessary to properly honor and reflect the extent of a victim’s losses is a respectful approach to victims’ rights. Unfortunately, not all injury victims across the U.S. are...

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3 mistakes that occur in the operating room

Medical malpractice can happen in any department of a hospital, including the operating room (OR). While most surgeons are careful, some may make mistakes that can harm a patient, which is possibly a worrying statement. Research shows that surgery is the second most common reason for medical malpractice lawsuits. This guide discusses three mistakes that can occur in the OR: Unnecessary surgeries Not all medical conditions require surgery, as other treatment options can be beneficial, and in some cases, the surgery won't result in significant changes in the patient.  However, some surgeons...

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5 ways health professionals can prevent medical errors

Medical malpractice is a scary reality in the health field. According to a 2016 Johns Hopkins Medicine study, 10 percent of deaths in the U.S. are caused by medical errors. With a statistic like this, it’s no wonder some people are afraid of hospital visits. However, health professionals can prevent most medical errors — and avoid medical malpractice — by adhering to these measures: 1. Obtain informed consent from patients Since they have patients’ lives in their hands, medical professionals should not make assumptions about certain medical conditions and procedures. They must thoroughly...

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The problem with doctors ignoring patient’s symptoms

There are many reasons that doctors don't fully listen to their patients. They may work at a very busy medical practice or an understaffed emergency room where they only have a few minutes to spare for each patient. The patient may talk or look like someone they have worked with before who exaggerated their symptoms in an attempt to receive certain medications. Doctors frequently ignore or minimize self-reported symptoms from patients. They tend to prioritize medical issues that they can objectively affirm and quantify, as they may assume patients will exaggerate or outright lie to a medical...

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Doctors get distracted, just like drivers 

Distracted driving is a significant issue that leads to serious car accidents every day. Much of the time, the distraction comes from a cellphone, but not always. People can also get distracted by passengers, for instance, or the GPS. This phenomenon is well-known in driving, but it’s important to remember that doctors can also get distracted. If you’re in a medical center, could this mean that you don’t get the type of care that you deserve? Are distracted doctors a public health threat? Some experts have gone so far as to say that it’s a public health threat to be as distracted by...

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Studies claim medical malpractice is more common than thought

Most people know that medical malpractice can happen. They know that doctors make mistakes, for instance, and that patients may pass away from these mistakes or have life-altering injuries. People also know that errors can be made at many levels of care. For example, a nurse could give someone improper medication or a surgeon could operate on the wrong site. But many people think of these events as very rare occurrences. The vast majority of the time that you go to the hospital, no negative events are going to occur, they believe. And while this may be true in a percentage sense – in that...

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Why communication is so important in hospitals

All of us need medical intervention at some point in our lives. Sometimes, this is very minor but it can also be for serious and even life-threatening conditions. As the stakes are so high, it is important that doctors and other medical staff are well-trained and act with the utmost professionalism.  Part of these wider responsibilities includes communicating with each other about patients, treatments and other pertinent information. If communication breaks down, then the quality of treatment offered to patients can dramatically increase.  Outlined below are some of the more specific reasons...

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If you feel like your doctor doesn’t listen to you, you may be right

Doctor's appointments are often frustrating experiences. You call and make an appointment for much farther off in the future than you would like. You wait for your appointment day, and then you often wait after arriving for your appointment. Even after you go back into the medical examination room, you may wait more there for a doctor to actually talk to you. Before you ever see a medical doctor, you may explain your symptoms or concerns to a nurse, a receptionist and several other staff members. When you finally see your doctor, you might expect that they would make use of that information...

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A doctor did not get your informed consent. Is that malpractice?

A doctor must obtain your informed consent prior to conducting a medical procedure or administering treatment. The punishment for not doing so is very significant. In fact, according to Forbes, “Failure to obtain informed consent is unlawful—medical malpractice, specifically—and the doctor can be charged with negligence and battery.” Informed consent means that you have been made fully aware of the potential risks, side effects and possible outcomes of an operation, procedure or treatment. You can grant your approval for the doctor to go ahead. You also have the right to decline what the...

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