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Posts tagged "medical malpractice"

Overlapping surgeries may result in medical malpractice

When going in for surgery, a patient hopes that his or her operation will be performed by an expert medical team that focuses on only that patient until the surgery is complete. However, prospective patients should be aware that many hospitals engage in a practice called overlapping. If they do this in a way that leads to negative repercussions for a patient, there may be grounds for a medical malpractice suit.

Why it's not always a bad idea to consult Dr. Google

The Internet gives us access to a wealth of medical information at our fingertips. Yet it can also be a double-edged sword. Many of us have fallen down the rabbit hole of Googling our symptoms: What starts out as a probable cold turns into a likely case of terminal cancer.

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?

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.

Doctors don't always see communication problems

Communication is incredibly important to the doctor-patient relationship. Documents provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information note that doctors who have good people skills and good relationships with their patients have a better chance of offering an accurate diagnosis, providing appropriate counsel, offering helpful therapeutic instructions, and building positive relationships that help with the care the patients are receiving.

A few things to keep in mind when picking up your prescription medicine

Whatever you are going to the pharmacy for, there are some things to keep in mind when picking up your medication. Prescription medication can be dangerous if someone is given the incorrect type or the incorrect amount or dosage.

Massachusetts hospital errors continue to threaten patient safety

Should your ability to get safe medical care depend on what hospital you choose? You may not even have a choice, depending on the circumstances. If you're brought to a hospital by ambulance in an emergency, it's unlikely that you have the luxury of stopping to ask the emergency medical technicians if they know the facility's safety ratings before they leave you there. Yet, your life may actually depend on that very information.

Should you sue even after a doctor apologizes?

We teach our kids that they should say sorry when they hurt someone, or when someone is injured in the course of an accident. The same should apply to physicians who want to give alternative recommendations or express their sympathies when medical procedures go awry or don’t go as planned.