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April 2017 Archives

Injured workers tell of struggles with addiction

In some states across the country, workers' comp programs are changing. They are attempting to keep workers who get injured on the job from subsequently getting addicted to painkillers. It's a significant issue that impacts many who are over-prescribed opioids after an injury.

Workers' compensation in the world of bariatric care

Obesity is a known health risk to medical patients, but could it also put those who care for these individuals in jeopardy? Many nurses and other caregivers place their well-being on the line when they help lift or maneuver bariatric patients, and the dangers aren't just speculative. In clinical settings, those who attend to the obese and morbidly obese face very real hazards that could permanently change their lives.

Study shows that second opinions are often different

You go to the doctor, and he or she gives you an opinion about your ailment and your treatment needs. You trust the doctor, going home to carry out that treatment plan. Should you be worried that the doctor was actually wrong and that you're now involved in improper treatment?

The importance of properly diagnosing pregnancy pains

Expectant mothers and doctors can agree on one thing; a pregnancy is a scary, yet exciting time in a woman’s life. The responsibility of bringing a new life into the world one that both do not take lightly, and both want to do everything they can to make sure that the baby is safe and healthy. Because of this, it is not uncommon for expectant moms to alert their doctors to every sense of discomfort they feel.  

What to ask before hiring a medical malpractice attorney

A hospitalization usually means that you will undergo a procedure or will be monitored to see if certain medications are working. Being injured or sickened is not your expectation. Unfortunately, thousands of people across the U.S. are harmed through negligent actions. In these instances, the law allows for negligent physicians and hospitals to be held accountable through medical malpractice lawsuits.

Medical teams must work together to eliminate retained objects

With every surgery comes the risk of an unintentionally retained object. These objects are often sponges, malleable retractors, towels, needles, catheters, and other such instruments. They are accidentally left within the patient's body after the surgery is complete.