medical malpractice

Medical Malpractice and Your Privacy

Submitted by jrlaw on Aug 10th, 2010

One of the most intimidating things about filing a medical malpractice claim is having your medical information dragged out in public. Fortunately, this isn’t as bad as you may think. Your lawyer can be trusted with all of your medical information as much as any doctor can. If you go in for a consultation and you don’t end up having a case, the lawyer will not divulge your information to anyone, ever. There’s no reason to let embarrassment or fears that your information will be outside your control stop you from filing a claim that could net you damages for your pain and suffering.

Medical malpractice affects thousands of people every year. Sometimes it’s a bad diagnosis that leads to the wrong treatments being prescribed. In other cases, a doctor may simply neglect all of their patient’s needs, resulting in a condition worsening when it shouldn’t have. In any case, medical negligence, at best, is expensive. At worst, it can be lethal. There are specific laws that apply to how doctors conduct their business. They are held to very high standards, as is necessary given what they do for a living. A doctor does have a legal duty to you when they accept you as a patient.

Dealing with Medical Malpractice

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 3rd, 2010

Medical malpractice is nothing to take lightly. It also happens far more often than people tend to think, and the consequences of it can be quite grim. Every year between 2000 and 2002, in fact, nearly 200,000 people lost their lives due to various types of medical malpractice. The manifestations of malpractice are not always obvious. It may not be a sponge left in your abdomen after a surgery or a botched procedure. In some cases, these smaller, more common forms of malpractice are just as deadly as the most egregious examples.

Some malpractice involves inattention to detail. The fact that these instances involve medicine, however, means that these small instances of not paying attention can be lethal. Consider, for instance, being given the wrong medication. In some cases, such as with antibiotic allergies, the results of being given the wrong meds may be fatal. In others they may be debilitating or cause severe trauma to the individual affected. No one deserves to suffer due to the incompetence of others and, where malpractice is concerned, that is usually exactly what's at issue: incompetence. Doctors, necessarily, are held to higher standards than most professionals. This is because what they do is literally a matter of life and death.

Common Medication Mistakes and How to Avoid them

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 18th, 2009

Caring.com recently published an article stating that an estimated 1.5 million people annually are harmed by their medications, and approximately 100,000 of these people die from the harm that the drugs cause.

How to File a Complaint against a Doctor

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 16th, 2009

There is always a feeling of violation when a doctor betrays your trust. While no one is expected to be perfect, least of all a medical practitioner who deals with thousands of cases a year, doctors are expected to be professional in their work. 

The Facts behind Incorrect Drug Prescriptions

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 20th, 2009

Medication errors can affect more than 1.5 million Americans each year. Many of these errors are happening in hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices. Incorrect drug prescription can be blamed on many things. However, medical malpractice by the prescribing doctor can be attributed to these mistakes. 

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