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Medical Malpractice

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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Common causes of medical malpractice

When you seek medical care, it’s your hope that the care you receive will be in line with the appropriate standard of care. But, not all medical professionals have the same level of skills and training, and not every patient will receive the same care. The sad truth is that many people are harmed because of negligence and mistakes that their medical providers make. Medical malpractice lawsuits are sometimes a necessary step for patients who have been harmed as a result of medical errors or negligence. According to the 2018 CRICO Strategies National CBS Report, the majority of medical...

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Standard of care is a factor in some medical malpractice cases

Medical professionals should meet certain standards for the care they provide for patients, but these aren't always the exact same thing. Standards of care in medicine depend on several factors. It is imperative that patients who don't think they've received care that meets applicable standards find out if they have a medical malpractice claim based on that fact. The National Guideline Clearinghouse gathers the current standards, so medical professionals can review them. But, this still isn't infallible since the standards change depending on factors like the doctor's training. Another issue...

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How can surgical mistakes be prevented?

Surgical procedures happen every day in hospitals and clinics throughout Ohio. For most individuals who undergo surgery, these procedures are routine and occur without complications. Others may suffer challenges during and after their operations, but, often, complications are part of the risk of undergoing operative treatments. For others, problems during surgery may occur when doctors and other medical professionals fail to undertake proper precautions to protect their patients from mistakes. Surgical mistakes, including wrong-site, wrong patient, and wrong procedure surgeries, happen to...

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Medical malpractice and the problem of wrong-site surgery

One of the great advantages of living in the 21st century is the access that people have to quality and safe medical care. Though many may not care for the costs of receiving medical treatment or their options for visiting doctors and clinics, when a person goes to a doctor, they may reasonably expect that their care will be competently and professionally provided. Ohio residents have a variety of excellent hospitals and medical care providers to choose from when serious issues like surgery must be considered. Surgery can be invasive or it may be completed by laparoscopic techniques....

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