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South Carolina Medical Malpractice Law Blog

How do you know if you're a victim of medical malpractice?

It takes time to comb through a case and determine if there is a potential for malpractice claim. However, three of the things that will show that you could have a case include that:

  • Your injury was caused by negligence
  • Your injury caused significant damages
  • A violation of the recognized standard of care occurred

Here's an example. If you go to the emergency room and complain that your head is hurting, the nurses may place you into a triage. When you're seen by a doctor, the doctor should take reasonable steps to determine the cause of this headache. Some things they might do include a physical exam, taking a history and checking your vital signs for unusual changes.

Be aware of the rights of nursing home residents

If you have an elderly or infirm friend or relative in a nursing home, it is wise to keep a close watch on them to make sure that they are being well-treated and that their needs are being met. After all, some nursing home patients are no longer capable of advocating for themselves. It may be up to others to intervene when there are problems.

It's easy to assume that patients who reside in nursing homes are totally dependent on their caretakers for all decisions, but in truth, these residents still retain a good bit of their autonomy. Also, they have many rights under both South Carolina and federal laws which may not be abridged by the nursing home administrators or staff.

Do you know about these risks of chiropractic care?

Chiropractic treatments are typically thought of as safe alternatives to medications. Even when a person is taking medication for a condition, they might use the chiropractor to help them feel even better and as part of a long-term treatment plan.

Even though people can certainly benefit from going to the chiropractor, these visits aren't risk-proof. You should understand the risks and the contraindications for chiropractic care so you can determine how to proceed.

What are the potential physical signs of nursing home abuse?

Moving a loved one into a nursing home is a big decision on many fronts, as it will change the both of your lives. While you need to do what's best for them from a health and care perspective, don't lose sight of the fact that no two nursing facilities provide the same experience.

Nursing home abuse remains a major problem, with many residents falling victim every year. As a concerned family member, it's critical to keep your eyes open for any potential physical signs of nursing home abuse. And if you have concerns, contact the facility immediately to better understand what's happening and to decide if you need to take action.

Falling while in a medical facility can be the result of neglect

There are many different physical issues associated with aging that contribute to an older adult's increased risk for a fall. People tend to lose both strength and flexibility as they get older. Combine that with slower reaction times, vision issues that may prevent someone from noticing something in their path that poses a risk and the confusion or forgetfulness that can come with cognitive decline, and you have a perfect recipe for a terrible fall.

In any given year, roughly one in four older adults (age 65 or older) will experience a fall. According to the National Council on Aging, that means that every 11 seconds, an older adult has to seek emergency treatments for injuries relating to a fall. How common and dangerous falls actually are for older adults can be a reason why people choose to place a loved one in a nursing home.

You have the right to ask another doctor for a second opinion

Going to the doctor can be a stressful experience, especially if you find yourself disagreeing with your doctor's analysis of your symptoms. If you express concern about something, only to have your doctor brush it off without testing or even real consideration, it can be a very disempowering experience.

The rise in digital medical information has made it easier for patients to research their symptoms and educate themselves about their health. Instead of viewing this new desire to know and understand health issues as a positive thing, many doctors have a knee-jerk, negative response to patients who arrive for an appointment with a preconceived notion of what the diagnosis might be or why they have experienced certain symptoms.

Can you get more time with your doctor?

Patients often complain that they simply did not have enough time with the doctor. The whole visit felt rushed. Maybe you went to the office, waited for 20 minutes to get called back, spent 10 minutes with a nurse, and then finally saw the doctor. Sixty seconds later, he or she headed out the door, barely acknowledging you, already moving on to the next appointment.

If you have been there, you know it's frustrating. How long have you worried about your health issues? They consume your thoughts. They cause you stress. You just want answers. That's what you're paying the doctor for, but the doctor doesn't have time for you. What should you do?

Potential birth injury signs young mothers should watch for

Most of the time, the hospital is the safest place to have a baby. You have world-class facilities and trained professionals on hand in case anything goes wrong. They can coach you through the process and physically help you as needed. Giving birth is not easy, but this can help both you and your baby avoid injuries and other complications.

However, the hospital staff may make mistakes. Doctors make errors. They experience oversights. They act carelessly, perhaps due to fatigue or distractions. When these mistakes occur, it can lead to birth injuries. What signs should you look for if the injuries are not immediately obvious after birth?

Can you make a claim over a delayed diagnosis?

You had been coughing for weeks, so you finally went to the doctor to find out what the problem was. After a number of tests, they tell you to go home and wait for lab results. Those results never come. Several weeks later, you remember that you had tests performed and call to find out what they said.

You learn that your doctor knew for the last several weeks that you had an unusual appearance on the X-ray. You could have pneumonia, or it could be something much worse. Regardless, you didn't get any information about it for several weeks past when the results came back.

Dehydration is unacceptable in a medical setting: Learn more

When you place a loved one in a nursing home for care, you expect that the staff will take care of them accordingly. Part of the plan of care will always be to make sure your loved one is getting enough to drink during the day. Failing to do so can significantly impact the way an elderly person feels.

Dehydration has many symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Confusion
  • Dry mouth
  • Weakness
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