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Before you file a medical malpractice claim, read this

If you seek medical care and your doctor makes some type of error during the course of that care, do you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim? The answer depends on numerous factors, each of which may apply to your situation and all of which may affect whether or not the court would consider the defendant or defendants in your case legally liable for injury. In short, just because an Arizona doctor makes a mistake, this doesn't necessarily mean he or she has committed malpractice. 

There are several key issues you must prove when you present a medical malpractice claim in court. It helps to learn as much about this type of civil justice claim as possible before entering litigation. It's also good to remember that, in such cases, the plaintiff must prove his or her claim. Discussing your situation with someone well-versed in personal injury law is a logical way to begin discerning whether or not you have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim.  

What types of abuse are dementia patients commonly subject to?

Senior citizens with dementia are more vulnerable to being abused than others. They're also more apt to make false abuse accusations than those who do not have the debilitating cognitive disease. Although this diagnosis may cause a patient to become more paranoid than they otherwise would have been, there are certain signs that you should look for if you're trying to verify whether their claims of abuse are accurate.

Financial abuse

Information about shoulder dystocia: What parents need to know

Shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that happens when a baby becomes trapped against the mother's pelvic bone during the delivery process. Even though most cases of shoulder dystocia get better on their own after six to 12 months of healing, some children will suffer from permanent disabilities as a result of this birth injury.

In cases of shoulder dystocia, the infant suffers bodily injuries during the birth process after becoming trapped in the birth canal and being subjected to intense pressure as the mother tries to push the baby out. Here are some of the injuries that develop in such cases:

  • Babies who suffer from oxygen deprivation
  • Babies with broken collarbones and broken arms
  • Babies with broken shoulders, arms and damage to nerves in the arms and hands
  • Mothers suffering from torn vagina, rectum and cervix
  • Mothers with uterine ruptures and bruised bladders
  • Mothers with dangerous hemorrhaging

Reasons why women's cardiovascular disease often goes undiagnosed

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women. It claims as many as 333,000 of their lives across the world each year. It kills more women than diabetes, respiratory disease or cancer. A woman is less likely to survive their first heart attack than a man is. Although most doctors know this information, they often diagnose them with something else other than heart disease before settling on it.

One theory about why women often receive a delayed diagnosis of heart disease is because they don't exhibit some telltale signs of the condition that doctors have long been taught to look for in patients.

A surgeon is responsible for keeping operating room staff in line

Each year across the United States, doctors perform millions of surgical procedures. Many of those take place in outpatient facilities while others require patients to spend the night at their facilities. While in some cases, just a doctor and their nurse will be in the operating room, in other cases there will be a team of medical professionals, each responsible for carrying out tasks.

Surgical technicians and nurses

A woman is denied medical care, dies at a Phoenix drug facility

A 22-year-old mother from Ohio checked herself into Phoenix's Serenity Care Center, a state-licensed drug detox center on Oct. 7 in hopes of getting help for her addiction to opioids. Staff members denied her continued requests to be transferred to a local hospital to be evaluated for her declining health. Within days, she was dead. Her story has left many wondering if her death could have been avoided.

Despite the woman requesting to be taken to a local hospital at least three times, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office report shows that the staff at the facility she was living at did nothing until the very end.

Did your doctor fail to diagnose your sepsis?

People get infections every day in numerous ways. You could contract an infection from a surgical procedure, an accident or pneumonia. A case of the flu could become an infection under the right conditions.

In some people, an infection can turn ugly if not aggressively treated right away. Perhaps your doctor failed to diagnose your infection in time and before you realized what was happening to your body, you were in the emergency room feeling simply awful. The question is whether doctors will take the next step and determine whether your symptoms resulted from sepsis since they could easily be dismissed as something else.

What makes an individual more vulnerable to elder abuse?

Even if you haven't known anyone personally that's been treated poorly in a nursing home, you've likely heard about it on the nightly news. If you have a parent or a loved one that is facing the prospect of being sent to live in one of these types of facilities, then you may be wondering what some of the risk factors for elderly abuse are.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) statistics show the residents in these types of facilities that have low social support are more at risk of being mistreated than those who have a solid support structure. Data from 2009 also shows that at least 50 percent of all dementia patients experience some sort of abuse at the hands of their caregivers.

Anesthesia errors often happen because of carelessness

Of the tens, if not hundreds, of millions of surgical procedures that occur in the United States each year, most involve the use of anesthesia. While a sedative can greatly reduce the amount of pain or discomfort that a patient experiences if it's administered incorrectly, it can seriously injure or kill a patient. At least a quarter of a million Americans die of different types of medical errors each year.

Patients who are given fluids intravenously that are set to flow at undesirably high rates are at increased risk for anxiety, headaches, breathing problems and high blood pressure. If the rates are set to flow at too low of a level, then a patient may not respond effectively to the intravenous medication that they're receiving.

Health care-associated infections are indicative of inferior care

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) defines any infection that a patient contracts while receiving medical attention for a completely different condition as a health care-associated infection (HAI). The ODPHP estimates that as many as one in every 25 individuals who receive inpatient medical treatment annually end up with an HAI. These result in tens of thousands of patient deaths and billions of dollars in costs.

ODPHP's research shows that these HAIs are often caused by viruses, bacteria, rare pathogens and fungi. The spread of these can occur at any facility that provides medical care, including nursing or residential homes, ambulatory surgical centers, hospitals or renal disease facilities.

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