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?
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.
When we read news stories about medical mistakes, surgical errors or negligent behavior on the part of a healthcare provider, it is often in the context of a very specific incident. One person may have been the victim of a surgical error or a doctor may have routinely neglected to conduct adequate examinations.
Medical malpractice claims are based in the concept of negligence, and under many circumstances lawsuits that allege negligence are not based on statutory law passed by the legislature.
Medical malpractice is a term that is frequently heard in news stories and conversations. You may be wondering, "What exactly is medical malpractice?" and perhaps more importantly, "If I believe that I have been a victim of medical malpractice, what should I do about it?"
In a recent blog post, we wrote about the federal probe into the mismanagement and hospital negligence in Veterans Administration hospitals across the country, including in South Carolina. Now VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned as a result of the investigation. After the public urging of accountability for the secretary and other officials who presided over the potential widespread medical malpractice perpetrated against our country’s veterans, the oversight of the scandal will now fall into the hands of his successor.
More information is being released about mismanagement and poor care at Veterans Administration hospitals all over the country, including the one in Columbia, South Carolina. What some have claimed to be a successful model of socialized medicine may actually have long wait lists for general care and procedures, delays that may have even led to wrongful death.
It can be a patient’s worst nightmare; going to a doctor to receive necessary medical treatment and ending up with new, and perhaps worse, medical problems caused by the care itself. That nightmare scenario plays itself out each year across the nation.
A recent study has revealed over 100,000 medical have problems with prescription drug abuse. The problem with any doctor, nurse, pharmacist or technician abusing such medications is quite obviously that it can lead to patient injury or medical malpractice.
South Carolina parents may be interested in the outcome of an incident involving a young girl who was reportedly over-medicated at a dentist's office. The girl passed away on Jan. 3 at Hospice Hawaii, one month after she went to a pediatric dentist for six cavity fillings and four root canals on Dec. 3.