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How to find out if your doctor has ever been sued for malpractice

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), at least 75 percent of physicians working in what are considered to be low-risk specialties are sued for malpractice at one point or another during their careers. In contrast, at least 99 percent of all doctors working in high-risk specialties are sued at some point in time. Each year, more than 17,000 new cases medical malpractice cases are filed in the United States.

Could you lessen the odds of suffering from medical malpractice?

Many people fear going under the knife to correct a medical issue. If you find yourself in this group, you have nothing to feel ashamed about as medical errors do occur relatively commonly. Of course, just because mistakes do happen, it does not mean that you should expect to become a victim of serious negligence or other gross errors. In many cases, you can work to make your surgeon and other medical staff more accountable for their actions.

3 of the most common misdiagnosed medical ailments

According to a study recently released by the Institute of Medicine, it's estimated that at least one in every 20 adults faces either a wrong, missing or delayed diagnosis. While this small, 5 percent rate seems relatively incidental, it's not. In fact, it's believed that these diagnostic errors are responsible for as much as 10 percent of all patient fatalities each year.

Pneumonia deaths high because of poor nursing home plumbing

A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that both hospitals and nursing homes can do a lot more than they're currently doing to reduce patient deaths. More specifically, this study highlights how they can do more to decontaminate their water water systems and reduce cases of Legionnaires' disease, a deadly form of pneumonia.

Patients need to remain proactive in seeking proper diagnoses

Diagnostic errors are best described as either either inaccurate, delayed or missed diagnoses. They are estimated to account for between 40,000 and 80,000 patient deaths in the United States each year. Despite this relatively high fatality rate, patient safety organization, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, argues that very little research emphasis or investment is made on understanding more about this alarming trend.

Reducing your risk factor for medical or surgical

In diagnosing and treating their patients, sometimes doctors don't ask enough questions or run the right diagnostic tests. Others may prescribe the incorrect dosage or medication, or diagnose the wrong condition entirely. In other cases, surgeons roll patients into the operating room in a hurry. Instead of verifying the surgical spot themselves, they rely on someone else to do that for them.

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