It is a natural occurrence that as our parents age, roles become somewhat reversed. The people we used to rely on to take care of us, now rely on us to take care of them. Unfortunately, the elderly comprise the population most at risk for medical malpractice. It stands to reason that as our parents begin to visit the doctor more often, they are more likely to fall victim to medical error. Knowing the risks your parents face and how to advocate for them can help keep them safe.
1. Get to Know the Staff
It is rare that a senior citizen will have a single provider for their medical care. If you are taking responsibility… Read More
One of the leading causes of death in our country is medication error. Medication errors, in and out of the hospital, tend to occur more frequently in children and in the elderly. When it comes to little ones, adverse drug events occur at a rate three times higher than those experienced by adults. Here is how you can help protect your young children from falling victim to medication errors.
1. Brown Bagging
Some medical professionals call the practice of bringing all of your child’s medication to the doctor “brown bagging.” At least once a year, pack up all of your child’s… Read More
Cesarean sections, or C-sections, are performed in the United States at a rate higher than that of any country in the world. Nearly one in three pregnant women will undergo this procedure, when the World Health Organization says that rate should fall closer to one in 10.
There are valid reasons to undergo a c-section, and understanding what these are before you go into labor can be helpful. You should also have a frank discussion with your OB-Gyn about the point at which you are comfortable having the procedure done. Here are reasons when a c-section may be medically necessary.
1. Complications… Read More
According to some studies, more than one million people are injured each year in our country due to medication errors. A medication error is defined, in part, as “a preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer.” This definition is provided by The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention.
But what does that definition really mean? In plain language, it means that your medical professional makes some type of… Read More
As a patient, you are a partner in your healthcare. By paying close attention to what is happening to you in the doctor’s office and asking questions, you can help protect yourself from medical error. While there are certainly mistakes that are out of your control, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk.
1. Communicate with Your Whole Team
When you are diagnosed with a serious illness, chances are high that you will begin dealing with more than one medical professional. Always keep each member of your team informed. Talk to each doctor about medication your have been prescribed,… Read More
Medical malpractice is when any healthcare professional does not perform their duty with the accepted standard of care. Their breach of care ultimately leads to injury or death. Thankfully, the most serious cases are rare, but thousands of people are left with life-altering injuries at the hands of medical professionals every year. Here are the most common forms of medical malpractice in America.
1. Diagnosis Errors
Misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis are the top causes of medical malpractice lawsuits. When a doctor or other medical professional fails to correctly diagnose… Read More
No one can really disagree that doctors make mistakes that can be life-changing. If you are scheduled for surgery, you may be experiencing anxiety at the thought of one of these errors occurring during your procedure. Let’s assume that everything goes off without a hitch and your surgery is done safely and accurately. You can still experience mistakes, but how?
Thousands of people undergo surgery ever day. Unfortunately, many of these people will experience poor healing, illness or injury at their own hands. If you have had surgery or are scheduled for a procedure, knowing which mistakes… Read More
Turn on the television and you see attorneys touting their success. They recently won millions for Mr. Jones in a medical malpractice case. You see testimonials from satisfied clients and quickly begin to think about the experience you had with your own doctor.
Before dollar signs start dancing in your head, know that these cases are extremely rare. Not only do most states have a cap on medical malpractice, but negligence is not always so easy to prove. Because most medical malpractice attorneys work on a contingency basis, many will not take a case they don’t believe they can prove.
Knowing… Read More
If, like many people, you believe that surgical errors are more likely to occur during complicated procedures, you are mistaken. The fact is that errors are more common in operations that are performed the most frequently. When a surgical error occurs, people may be left with devastating, long-term effects. Here are the five errors that occur the most often.
1. Wrong Patient
It is frightening to think that the wrong person could be operated on, but it happens. Miscommunication and chart mix-ups can lead to a patient having an unnecessary surgery. This can mean that a person may end up with issues… Read More
Road construction season is in full swing on South Carolina roads. Now is the perfect time to review the risks that road construction workers are subjected to everyday and how drivers can help keep these men and women safe while they perform their jobs. Work zone accidents increase each year, and it is up to everyone to understand the dangers that are involved in this type of work.
There are several potential hazards to road construction workers. They not only work in traffic, but they often operate heavy equipment. According to the Department of Transportation, more than 20,000 road … Read More