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

When physicians agree to take people 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.

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.

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.

With visions of sugarplums come dangers of dental malpractice

After the holiday festivities end and the pursuit of resolutions begins to pick up momentum in your mind, you may add a visit to the dentist for a routine cleaning to your agenda. As you many have experienced, a visit to the dentist can end up being anything but routine. Dentists are highly trained to specific skills and sometimes the work required in a patient's mouth may require even greater and more specific skill, perhaps by either a medical doctor or an oral surgeon.

What is the standard of care for medical malpractice?

In an ordinary personal injury action based on negligence, the plaintiff must prove among other things that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, and failed to uphold that duty. This means generally that the defendant must act as a "reasonable person" would under the same circumstances; what a reasonable person would do is up to the determination of the jury.

Does "defensive medicine" really work?

A salient characteristic of medical malpractice awards is that they can amount to many thousands or even millions of dollars, depending upon the harm suffered by the patient. So it is no surprise that healthcare professionals and healthcare providers (and their insurers) will seek to avoid medical malpractice claims; one of the ways that many physicians use to try to avoid medical malpractice claims is known as "defensive medicine."

Why do I need an expert witness in a medical malpractice suit?

South Carolina law governing medical malpractice lawsuits requires that the prospective plaintiff comply with certain prerequisites before the matter can go to litigation. One of these is to submit the dispute to a mediation conference. Another is to have the affidavit of an expert witness to go with the notice of intent to file a lawsuit. This expert witness requirement does not exist in lawsuits for ordinary negligence; the question this post covers is why it exists for medical malpractice.

What should I do if I suspect medical malpractice?

A plaintiff's personal injury attorney who practices in the area of South Carolina medical malpractice law can tell you what the process is to initiate a legal claim against a doctor or other medical professional who has committed medical malpractice. But the legal process itself comes toward the tail end of the overall considerations that underlie a medical malpractice claim.

Surgical errors may occur without anesthesiologist in attendance

What would you think if you found out that your doctor left the operating room while you were in surgery? You’d probably be alarmed. Realistically, in many situations, there is more than one doctor in the operating room. In most procedures, one of these doctors is an anesthesiologist.

Malpractice vs. Negligence

Victims of medical malpractice experience fear, betrayal and pain unlike other forms of injury. When you visit a healthcare professional, you place a lot of trust that these men and women can safeguard your health and provide a high standard of care. Through malpractice, this trust is destroyed and the consequences both physical and emotional can be nightmarish. Here is some information about the difference between malpractice and ordinary negligence.

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