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Has a parent been the victim of nursing home abuse?

As a child who wants to do what is best for an elderly parent, you hope to choose a nursing home facility that provides top-notch care. Unfortunately, there are facilities and workers who don't share the same goals as you. Instead, they only care about themselves and their paycheck. As a result, nursing home abuse often comes into play.

Before we go any further, there's one very important thing to remember: There is more than one type of nursing home abuse.

Proposed federal regulations would make it harder to bring a medical malpractice claim

Lawmakers in Washington have proposed a number of ways to reduce what they perceive to be wasteful spending. Among proposals that some experts consider particularly troubling is placing caps on medical malpractice payouts and making it more difficult for patients to prove malpractice occurred in the first place.

The lawmakers who are proposing these new regulations are doing so on a questionable premise. They contend that the cost of health care throughout the country is massively inflated because the malpractice industry has made the cost of doing business untenable for health care professionals.

Mothers and birth injuries: How to protect yourself and child

As a pregnant woman, you do whatever it takes to remain healthy while you're carrying your baby. From there, you hope that you receive the best possible medical care when the big day finally arrives.

Unfortunately, there are times when a child is injured at birth due to the negligence of a medical professional.

Women have a higher risk of being misdiagnosed for heart attacks

When a woman believes she may have a health issue and she sees a doctor to have the matter diagnosed, she has every reason to believe that her concerns will be taken seriously. Doctors have a duty to listen carefully to their patients when they describe their symptoms. To do otherwise could prevent the doctor from properly diagnosing a serious condition.

What can a hospital do to reduce the risk of patients falling?

Falling is one of the gravest dangers that older and more frail patients face during hospital stays. In a previous blog post, we discussed the things that hospitals can do to help identify high-risk patients. But merely identifying such patients is not enough. So, what can a hospital actually do to prevent falls from occurring?

What to do if you suspect abuse of a loved on in a nursing home

Deciding to place a family member in a nursing home or similar assisted living facility is often difficult. You want your loved one to receive excellent care and have a high quality of life. However, if they have medical issues, such as mobility limitations or Alzheimer's, you may not be able to care for them at home any more.

The only thing more heartbreaking than needing to put your parent into a nursing home is realizing that they are being mistreated, abused, or neglected in the facility where they are living. If you believe a loved one is experiencing elder abuse, you should take immediate action.

To ensure safety, doctors must monitor medication use of patients

It seems that we are inundated with commercials and other forms of marketing touting the curative properties of medications that are currently available. The problem with these paid messages is that they don't ever explain how the medications actually interact with your body. You are just being handed the notion that all you need to do is take a drug and your medical issues will be magically remedied. But when it comes to prescription drugs, things are not so simple.

When should I seek a second opinion regarding medical care?

Modern automobiles come equipped with sensors that allow mechanics to easily diagnose mechanical issues. All that a mechanic needs to do is connect a car to a computer and run a diagnostic test, which will reveal any problems. As such, all honest mechanics will tell you the same thing about your car's mechanical needs.

Cerebral palsy creates obstacles that last a lifetime

It is every parent's hope that their child will grow up to live a full and rewarding life. And if that child is born healthy, then he or she should have an opportunity to do just that. But if a baby suffers an injury while being delivered, the chances of living a normal life could be greatly diminished.

How do I choose a surgeon?

Even though medical practices have evolved to the point where patient safety is a higher level than ever before, there is always the possibility of suffering an injury during a surgical procedure. As such, if you are likely to need surgery in the near future, you owe it to yourself to prepare by doing some research. The fact is, not all doctors are equally skilled, and the quality of care they offer can vary greatly.

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