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Study shows preventable medical errors affect 1 in 20 patients

Avoidable medical mistakes continue to be a troubling health concern in Arizona and across the United States, according to the medical journal BMJ. The study used data from 70 surveys involving more than 337,000 patients.

The study found medical errors impact 6% of all patients surveyed, with the most significant number of mistakes related to medication and other treatments. Furthermore, results show an alarming 12% of preventable errors lead to permanent disability or even death.

Victims of nursing home abuse could receive compensation

As people grow older, the body will not be as strong and people will experience more physical problems than they may have had when they were younger. Some of these physical problems will create a situation in which people are no longer able to care for themselves. In these situations, family members may need to move the loved one to assisted living or a nursing home so that they can receive the additional care that they need.

The loved ones hopefully will research and find the most appropriate facility that will properly care for the loved one. However, the people caring for patients in nursing homes make mistakes or may be overworked and neglect patients. This nursing home abuse and/or neglect of the patients can lead to additional, more severe medical problems that require additional medical treatment.

Why timely and correct diagnosis is important

When people go see doctors and other medical professionals they expect that they will be treated correctly for their injury or illness and start to get better. However, sometimes there is nothing that a doctor can do to treat the illness or injury and it will not get better no matter what they do. Other times, however, the condition gets worse because the doctor failed to diagnose the injury or illness. Doctors are supposed to try to diagnose the problem based on the symptoms that a person is suffering from at the time.

There are many illnesses that can cause similar symptoms, so doctors need to look at various potential problems and rank which ones are most likely and then go down their list to determine what is actually causing the symptoms. So, it is very important that doctors do not dismiss certain symptoms or fail to pursue further testing to rule out various problems that could be causing the symptoms.

Major errors are made during surgery each year

Not all illnesses and injuries will require medical treatment to heal, but many do. Medical treatment can include medications, various medical equipment and, in some situations, surgery. When people have surgery they put a lot of trust in the doctors that the surgery will be performed correctly, and most of the time that is true.

However, doctors and other medical professionals are human and, just like everyone else, they make mistakes from time to time. There are risks involved in every surgery and some complications are not the fault of doctors, but some surgical errors are clearly the doctors' fault and should never happen.

Common birth injuries caused by medical negligence

When people in Arizona have a baby it can be a very exciting time. However, before they have the baby the mother must go through labor and the delivery. Just like most medical procedures, many times the whole process goes as smoothly as it can and people have healthy babies, but this is not true for everyone. There are many complications that can arise during the pregnancy and during the actual birth of the child.

These complications can result in birth injuries or other issues for the baby, which can be very detrimental for the baby. Some of these injuries and complications have nothing to do with the medical professionals helping during the birth, but medical professionals do make mistakes and are responsible for some of them.

Neglect far too common in nursing homes

We all want what’s best for our older loved ones, and sometimes as they age they become unable to care for themselves. If we are not equipped to care for them ourselves, often the best decision is to move them into a nursing home or another long-term care facility.

When our loved ones move into a nursing home, we expect that the staff will treat them with all the respect and dignity they deserve. But far too often, that doesn’t happen. Overpopulation and understaffing plague many facilities, and residents end neglected.

How do I know if I have a malpractice case?

There’s no question that even the best physicians make mistakes. However, not every mistake is grounds for a malpractice lawsuit. A harmed patient must prove that the physician failed to meet the proper standard of care and caused personal injury or financial losses.

The state of Arizona has enacted multiple laws to prevent frivolous lawsuits from bogging down the court systems and in turn, escalating insurance premiums for physicians. These are some requirements for those wishing to bring forward a malpractice lawsuit in Arizona:

Young Arizona boy dies after dental procedure

More than a year after a young boy died following a dental clinic visit, the family is trying to hold the clinic and medical professionals responsible. According to ABC 15, two-year-old Zion Gastelum diedon Dec. 20, 2017, after a dental treatment at Kool Smiles clinic. 

An appeals court orders Arizona to add medical staff at prisons

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Phoenix recently issued a ruling in the prison inmate health care case that had originally been settled with the state of Arizona back in 2014.

On Dec. 20, they announced that they'd overturned a federal magistrate's prior ruling that the Department of Corrections (DOC) wasn't required to increase staffing necessary to adequately provide inmates with necessary medical care. The DOC will now be required to develop a plan for how to better staff its facilities so that gaps in their care are reduced.

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