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Emphysema and misdiagnosis: Why it goes undiagnosed

As someone who has smoked for many years, you knew that you were in trouble when the link to cancer and other illnesses was finally made. You'd struggled with weakness and dizziness for years. You were tired and pale.

You'd gone to the doctor, but no one at the time believed anything was a result of smoking. They told you it was probably because of age. Now, you have been diagnosed with emphysema and know that the disease has gotten much worse faster than it would have with a proper diagnosis years ago.

Nursing home neglect can cause serious injuries or death

Older adults are often incredibly vulnerable to mistreatment and abuse. Declining mental capacity combined with increasing physical fragility can make the elderly convenient targets for abusive people. If you have had to place a loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you likely took time to find one with a good reputation.

Unfortunately, care facilities are only as good as the people they employ. In some cases, desire to keep overhead low can result in understaffing or inadequate vetting for staff members. This can lead to situations where residents experience abuse. Lack of staff can also contribute to neglect, which is often as dangerous as overt abuse when it comes to medically vulnerable older people.

Nursing home residents’ rights

When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you expect the staff and administration to do their jobs efficiently and with care. However, in many cases, nursing home patients suffer mistreatment or abuse, or do not receive proper care after injury.

The patients who live within a nursing home have rights that they deserve to keep protected, but often do not have the means to protect themselves, especially when it comes to protecting their rights against the people charged with taking care of them.

Can you sue a hospital for medical malpractice?

Suffering unnecessary harm in the course of receiving care at a hospital is potentially grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, but it does not always mean that the hospital itself is a defendant. Only under certain circumstances does a medical malpractice suit involve the hospital. It depends on the nature of its business relationship with the parties directly harmed and any negligence on the part of the hospital.

If you suspect that your malpractice concerns may involve the hospital where you received care, be sure to look carefully at all sides of the experience through the eyes of the law. A poorly constructed claim wastes resources and opportunity while offering little in the way of protections for your rights.

Nursing home negligence can lead to injuries and deadly falls

It's never an easy decision to send a loved one, such as a parent, to a nursing home. You may have done your best to provide in-home care until you simply could not anymore. People with degenerative physical and mental conditions need extra support. Those with medical issues like dementia and Alzheimer's disease may also need more care than a family member can provide. Especially if you have a job and children of your own, the amount of care can quickly exceed what you can offer.

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe, clean and protected spaces for the aging and infirm. You must entrust the daily needs, as well as the emotional and social health, of your loved one to the care providers and administrators who manage the facility. Sadly, even facilities that look clean and have excellent records can neglect or abuse the people entrusted to their care.

Did a doctor’s negligence cause your child’s cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a broad term that refers to a number of different conditions that may affect an infant's brain function and bodily movements. The condition may arise a number of ways, both during pregnancy and during the birth process itself, and even after the child is delivered. In many instances, the condition is not the result of some environmental factor or mistake on the part of the mother, but rather negligence on the part of a doctor overseeing prenatal care or performing delivery.

If you suspect that your child suffers from cerebral palsy because of the negligence of a doctor, you may have legal grounds to pursue a medical malpractice suit. If successful, such a suit provides monetary compensation to cover the ongoing medical costs the condition incurs, as well as address the needless suffering the condition brings to both the child and to you as the parent.

Are you a victim of a surgical accident?

As a surgery patient, you may have certain expectations about the level of care and precision that the physicians treating you take during your procedure. Most surgeries present risks beyond simply failing to correct the issue at hand. However, patients rarely take into account the potential mistakes of those performing the surgery or the team that facilitates the work.

It can come as a great surprise then, to learn that your surgeon either performed the wrong surgery on you, or operated on the wrong body part. It disheartening to think that the medical professionals charged with your care are capable of such a seemingly foolish error, especially because we place so much trust in our medical care providers to be the professionals that their salaries and training indicate.

Things to look for in a good nursing home

When it comes time to consider a facility to care for your aging loved one, it is not always easy to know how to judge your options. Nursing home facilities range in quality and offerings, and the relative quality of the facilities may or may not indicate the level of care and dependability present in a given care facility.

If you do not carefully consider all your options, your loved one may suffer unnecessarily. Nursing home abuse or malpractice can occur anywhere, and any work you can do ahead of time to identify potential problems is certainly worth the effort.

Birth injuries: Questions you need to answer

As an expecting parent, there is nothing worse than the thought of a birth injury or birth defect. Instead, the only thing you want is for your baby to be healthy when he or she enters the world.

Unfortunately, birth injuries happen every now and again. And in some cases, this is the direct result of a mistake made by a medical professional.

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