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Civil claims against nursing homes for neglect and abuse

When you find out that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse, you might be ready to make someone pay for those actions. There are three ways this can happen: civil action, investigation by an adult protective services agency or criminal action.

In many cases, you will need to file a complaint with the adult protective services agency. This puts the nursing home in the spotlight so the authorities can determine what is going on at the facility.

Medication errors can lead to a host of problems for the victim

Last week, we discussed the case of the woman who had bariatric surgery and received incorrect medications after the surgery. If you remember, she suffered from brain damage and was recently awarded compensation for that brain damage. Her case is only one of the cases that can show you just how serious incorrect medications can be.

Medication errors can lead to a host of issues for the victim. Brain damage is only one possible complication that occur. Some victims can suffer in other ways as well. These medication errors can occur for a variety of reasons such as improper prescriptions, defects in medication manufacturing and inappropriate administering of the drug. In all these cases, the patient can suffer from lasting harm.

Woman awarded compensation after medical malpractice

For people who are obese, losing weight can be a long and difficult challenge. Some people opt to have bariatric surgery so that they can boost their weight loss and get healthier faster. Sadly, bariatric surgery isn't without risks. The recent case of a 52-year-old woman highlights one of those risks.

The woman had bariatric surgery at Advocate Good Samaritan in 2010. She has filed a federal lawsuit against the doctors who did the surgery on her. The case went before a federal jury. The jury came back saying that the doctors were responsible for the woman's brain damage.

What are some common birth injuries?

No pregnant woman wants to learn that something is wrong with the baby she is carrying. For some women, the baby seems fine and healthy until labor and delivery. The women who learn their baby was harmed during the labor and delivery process might have the option to seek compensation if the injury was caused by medical neglect or malpractice. Knowing the basics about some of the most common birth injuries might help these mothers to decide how to proceed.

Why does my baby have eyes that look bloodshot?

What is shoulder dystocia?

Many women dream of a vaginal birth without complications; however, some women aren't fortunate enough to see that dream realized. For some women, shoulder dystocia occurs as they are delivering their baby. This is a serious medical condition that can have serious consequences.

What is shoulder dystocia?

Proper diagnosis and treatment are vital for all patients

Last week, we discussed the case of the veteran who suffered from locked-in syndrome after doctors at a Veterans Affairs hospital failed to adequately treat the man's likelihood of having a second stroke after his first one. That tragic story brings up the point of doctors who don't diagnose conditions properly.

After reading that man's story last week, it is easy to see why it is so important for doctors to make an accurate diagnosis quickly. Once that diagnosis is made, an adequate treatment plan has to be put into place. When either of those components doesn't work as it should, the patient may end up suffering from serious damage.

Veteran's wife files lawsuit, wins $21 million for care errors

It is no secret that the Veterans' Affairs system has been facing complaints regarding the medical treatment of our nation's veterans. In a recent case, a victim's family was able to receive some compensation for the man's medical issues that were caused by medical malpractice.

In this man's case, he had a stroke and was seen at a VA Medical Center. The claim made in the lawsuit noted that the man had a second stroke that could have been prevented if the man had received a standard level of care.

Proper care is necessary when dispensing cancer therapy drugs

A patient with cancer usually wants to go through the most effective treatment possible. In some cases, the answer to that desire is to take chemotherapy. These harsh drugs are given via IV or by mouth. When it comes to chemotherapy drugs, it is vital that the patient be given only the intended drug in its intended dose.

Many cancer patients are now given oral chemotherapy medications, which are some of the most toxic compounds made. The introduction of oral medications has introduced some possible errors into a patient's care regimen. In some cases, it is caused by improper labeling or miscommunication of verbal orders, but those aren't the only things that can lead to errors.

Proper care is necessary when dispensing cancer therapy drugs

A patient with cancer usually wants to go through the most effective treatment possible. In some cases, the answer to that desire is to take chemotherapy. These harsh drugs are given via IV or by mouth. When it comes to chemotherapy drugs, it is vital that the patient be given only the intended drug in its intended dose.

Many cancer patients are now given oral chemotherapy medications, which are some of the most toxic compounds made. The introduction of oral medications has introduced some possible errors into a patient's care regimen. In some cases, it is caused by improper labeling or miscommunication of verbal orders, but those aren't the only things that can lead to errors.

Statistics regarding health care and patient harm

A person who seeks medical care is likely expecting adequate care for whatever condition he or she has. While many people get the care they need and are soon on their way, others are harmed by the very system that should help them. The statistics surrounding some of these issues are harrowing.

Many clinicians don't feel comfortable speaking up about problems they see. Some can't get others to listen to them. In fact, 58 percent of clinicians reported feeling those things. Some statistics go much deeper. Doctors, which accounted for 84 percent of those surveyed, often observe colleagues taking dangerous shortcuts. Moreover, 88 percent of doctors say they work with people who have poor clinical judgment. Despite those shocking statistics, not even 10 percent of nurses, doctors and clinical staff confront colleagues directly about the issues noted.