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How concerned should I be that my doctor isn't listening to me?

When physicians agree to take peopleĀ on as patients, they are implying a standard of care that they will provide to you. If you feel that a standard is not being met, you have reason to be concerned. If your doctor does not listen to you when you discuss your symptoms or if your doctor doesn't request a list of current medications, you could find yourself in trouble.

Why holiday babies are becoming less common

Could it be possible that the diminishing number of holiday babies has to do with the increased likelihood of a baby being born from a cesarean section delivery? Absolutely. What is the reason for the increase in cesarean sections? Is that because we have the advancements in medicine that allow us to save more babies and thus, we opt for surgical births instead of natural? Some may be, but according to researcher estimations, nearly half of the cesarean deliveries performed now are done for other reasons, when there was no reason to suspect a natural birth would be problematic.

When gross negligence speaks for itself

Nightmares should remain in the dark. They should be something you wake up from, to the comfort of a soft pillow and the relief that it is already receding into the shadows as the sun comes up on your day. But what if your nightmare doesn't recede? What if the man or woman or medical team that has taken an oath to heal has become so desensitized to the gravity of their role that they make mistakes? What if the mistakes they make are so obvious in nature that even an untrained eye can spot the error?

What recourse do I have if I think my baby has cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy. While the term itself is a bit general and covers a broad array of malfunctions by the brain and body, the cause is often related to birthing complications. The issues that may arise might also not be immediately apparent. Things such as weakened muscle tone, uncontrolled movements, slow development in specific areas and vision and hearing problems may not readily present themselves for a period of time.

When medicine hurts you

We've all been there at some point. Sitting in a doctor's office, attempting to relay all the symptoms of our illness over a timeline that is hazed with sleeplessness and an achy fatigue. The doctor turns to type, recalls a humorous story that stems from one of your symptoms, pops a head out in the hall to relay something to a nurse or focuses on one aspect of your relay but seems not to absorb the remainder of what you describe.

You may have options when a surgery goes bad

How many times have you heard someone tell you a story about a loved one and they mention that they died or had serious medical issues as a result of the medical treatment they were given? While it is quite common to hear, what isn't often heard is what a person can do to make things right or to at least receive remuneration and hold the responsible party accountable.

What defenses can be raised in a medical malpractice suit?

Doctors and hospitals deal with life and death decisions every day. Their decisions about medications and surgeries carry severe consequences. As a result, it is inevitable that some mistakes will be made. There is no way that doctors can engage in the business of saving lives without making some mistakes and causing injuries. This article will discuss when those mistakes become medical malpractice.

How often does misdiagnosis result in patients' injuries?

In South Carolina and all across the country, medical malpractice is a regularly discussed topic. This type of malpractice can be rooted in many different types of negligence. One of the most common types of negligence is misdiagnosis, but just how common is it?

When your doctor waits too long to perform a C-section

When soon-to-be parents are dreaming about the births of their newborns, the scenes they imagine are filled with happiness. Unfortunately, some South Carolina parents never get to experience that post-delivery happiness. Instead, these unfortunate parents are forced to live through nightmares that are often caused by negligent medical professionals. If your doctor waited too long to perform a C-section and your child suffered a birth injury as a result, you may be able to take legal action.

The meaning of informed consent under South Carolina law

Any South Carolina resident who has undergone a medical procedure has heard the term "informed consent," but few know the term's meaning. As informed consent is required before any type of procedure, it is important for those who have surgeries scheduled to understand the term. In addition, it is also important for those who believe they are victims of medical malpractice to have a full understanding of the term.

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