Posts tagged "Medical Malpractice"

What serious medical conditions are most often overlooked?

It's frustrating to be sick and not know what's wrong with you. It's even more frustrating that doctors don't always take the time to listen to their patients. Far too often, symptoms get dismissed as "just stress" instead of getting the attention that they deserve. Months (or even years) later, you learn that you actually have a serious medical condition that needs treatment.

Can you prevent a medical misdiagnosis?

Do you know that your odds of being misdiagnosed by your doctor are about one in 20? That's a pretty scary statistic because a misdiagnosis can -- at the very best -- delay important treatment for whatever you do have wrong. At worst, it could injure you or even take your life.

Could you or your loved one be a victim of patient abandonment?

Patient abandonment is a type of medical malpractice that generally leaves the patient in a particularly fragile or vulnerable state. It most often happens when a physician decides to "wash his (or her) hands" of a patient that is -- in some fashion -- troublesome.

Can you avoid becoming a medical malpractice victim?

Nobody wants to become the victim of a medical mistake, but is there anything you can do to prevent it from happening? When you're sick, it's easy to feel powerless over your situation. That tends to make people feel as if there's nothing they can do but put their faith in the doctors and nurses in charge of their care.

Louisiana senator backs troops rights against malpractice

If you're injured by a doctor or hospital's negligence, you generally have a right to sue that doctor or hospital -- unless you're a member of the military and the doctor or hospital that messed up your care happens to be a military doctor or hospital.

Electronic health records are causing chaos, danger to patients

If you're 40 or older, you probably remember a time when every doctor's office had shelves of paper files that contained the important medical records of each patient who passed through the doors. Somewhere along the line, that changed. It gradually became the norm to keep patient records on computerized files.

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