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Is your grandparent non-physically abused in a nursing home?

When a grandparent or parent checks into a nursing home, many of us hope that we've done everything we can to ensure that they do not suffer abuse during their stay. Maybe you checked reviews of a facility and did a walkthrough, and even researched any recent lawsuits against the facility or operators.

Unfortunately, even here in beautiful Myrtle Beach, the possibility of nursing home abuse still exists. What's more, while most physical forms of abuse are easily identified if you stay vigilant, other forms of abuse are more difficult to spot. Still, these non-physical forms of abuse are serious violations of your loved one's rights and dignity.

Non-smokers often face lung cancer misdiagnosis

Many people who develop lung cancer experience a misdiagnosis because they "don't fit the profile." Even though lunch cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the United States, doctors often misdiagnose lung cancer if the patient is not a smoker.

If you developed lung cancer and were not a smoker, it is possible your doctor wasted valuable time and resources on a poor diagnosis. An improper diagnosis may make you eligible to file a lawsuit against your physician, but the details are all very important.

Nursing home abuse: When your parent has a bedsore

When your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect the best care. Your mother has a hard time getting out of bed without help, and when she's in a wheelchair, she barely moves. Since she struggles so much to move, it's vital that the nursing staff helps her adjust and move regularly to prevent bedsores. Not doing so can constitute nursing home abuse, a claim for which you may receive compensation.

5 facts spouses should know about nursing home abuse

You've been with your spouse for many years, but you know that he is not able to care for himself anymore. You're getting older, too, and you need to know that he is getting the care he needs. While you don't want to look into nursing care, you know it's the right thing to do. Where do you start, though? How can you make sure your spouse is cared for in the same way that you'd care for him if you could?

Here are five ways to recognize nursing home abuse or negligence, so you can find a nursing facility that fits your spouse's needs while protecting him from unnecessary pain and suffering.

What parents need to know about anesthesia errors

Anesthesia, used routinely when patients need to be calm or asleep during an operation or medical treatment, helps block pain and motion. While it's common to use anesthesia before your child goes into surgery, there are some things that can affect the way it works. Here are a few quick facts that you should know about anesthesia.

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?

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