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Medical Malpractice

Surgeons don’t always get it right 

It takes several years of training to qualify as a surgeon. Thus, surgeons must acquire high levels of expertise prior to being permitted to operate on patients.  The relationship between medical professionals and patients is founded upon trust. Those who enter healthcare facilities for treatment often place their lives in the hands of the people who care for them. Sadly, even the most highly trained professionals are not immune from errors, even surgeons. The consequences of errors during surgery can be life-altering and even fatal in extreme cases. Outlined below are some of the more...

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Tips for patients: Avoiding ER mistakes

Going to the emergency room (ER) is scary. Not only are you having a medical crisis (which is frightening enough), you have to contend with the fact that the doctors you see aren’t going to be familiar with you or your medical history. Given that an estimated 250,000 people die every year in the United States due to medical mistakes, you need to take precautions. What can you do to protect yourself? If you have health problems, you’re actually in a better position to protect yourself from medical errors than someone who has a sudden health crisis. You can prepare in advance. Here’s what you...

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Could you be vulnerable to medication errors?

While you may understand why a consumer would make a mistake with prescription medications, you may have difficulty fathoming how a medical provider could do the same. It happens quite frequently, however, for a variety of reasons.  You should take time to learn more about how these mistakes occur to do your part to ensure that it doesn't affect you. Who makes medication errors and how? Medication errors can happen at various stages within the supply chain before it makes it to the patient, from the prescribing to compounding to the administration ones. Errors can happen at the hands of:...

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What’s an affidavit of merit in an Ohio medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice can lead to absolutely devastating personal injuries -- but they aren’t treated quite like other personal injury claims. Per the Ohio Revised Code, your medical malpractice claim can’t even begin until you obtain an “Affidavit of Merit” from a physician, specialist or another expert witness. Why do you need an Affidavit of Merit? Why do you have to jump through an extra hoop or two to file a medical malpractice claim?  Officially, this requirement helps weed out “frivolous” cases that don’t have any real merit and would otherwise clog up the court system.  In practice, it...

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Is an erroneous cancer diagnosis medical malpractice?

You don’t feel well, so you go to a doctor in Ohio. The diagnosis comes back grim – the physician you saw tells you that you have cancer. You are reeling from denial and fear. Your mind is racing from one scary possibility to another, such as surgery, chemotherapy and perhaps a reduced life span. You can’t even begin to imagine conveying this unsettling information to your family. That scenario happens all the time. But what if, for a variety of reasons, the diagnosis you received was not correct? According to the National Law Review, “a shocking number of Americans” are informed that they...

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How can doctors and hospitals reduce misdiagnoses?

If a medical doctor misdiagnoses your condition, you lose what may be a critical window of opportunity for treatment. Even if they later correct their error, the delay may have allowed your condition to worsen, perhaps irrevocably. Therefore doctors must get diagnoses right the first time. Sadly, doctors make many misdiagnoses, estimated to affect around 12 million patients and kill between 40,000 to 80,000 each year.  Doctors need to collaborate to ensure an accurate diagnosis A doctor has plenty of people they can turn to when making a diagnosis. They can ask the patient and the patient’s...

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3 things doctors do (or don’t do) that can cause birth injuries

When you are in labor, your life is in danger, as is the life of your unborn child. Although modern medicine has made the process of bringing new life into the world safer, childbirth can still result in permanent injury or death to a woman. Additionally, complications during birth might claim a life of an unborn child. Most of the time, doctors will take immediate action to protect both mother and child. Unfortunately, sometimes it is the behavior of a doctor that results in a tragic outcome or birth injury. How do doctors sometimes contribute to their patients' birth injuries? They don't...

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Are robotic surgeries really safer than ones done by humans?

Human error is a risk factor in almost everything you do. Drivers making mistakes is the primary cause of most motor vehicle crashes. A chef who fails to check the temperature of a pork dish before serving it could expose their customers to dangerous pathogens. A doctor exhausted after a long day at work might make a mistake or oversight that affects a patient's health and recovery. Creating systems that minimize the risk of human error can make everyday experiences safer. Vehicles with self-driving features can alert drivers if they get too close to other vehicles nearby, for example. The...

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What are 3 of the riskiest medical procedures doctors may perform?

Most medical procedures have risks. Some of them are significantly more dangerous than others, though. There's a fine line between a medical procedure having certain inherent risks associated with it and a doctor engaging in negligence. Both instances can result in a patient's condition deteriorating or death. When a medical provider makes a negligent mistake, you may be able to hold them accountable.  What are some of the more risky medical procedures? There are always risks associated with neurosurgery, but a craniectomy is particularly dangerous. It's a surgery that involves the removal...

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Anesthesia errors can have severe consequences

It takes between seven and eight years of training to become a qualified anesthetist. They are the people that make the pain go away and allow medics to perform complicated surgery without torturing the patient. Yet these highly trained, vital elements of any surgical team still make mistakes from time to time. Before any operation, the anesthetist must take the time to talk with you. They need to assess your health, discover your medical history and any allergies to drugs you have. Certain medical conditions can leave you at a higher risk of an adverse reaction. Anesthetists have a choice...

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