Medical Malpractice and You

Medical Malpractice and You

There’s a famous quote about medicine that says, to paraphrase, a 99 percent success rate is very good in many areas of life, including school, but if you have a 99 percent success rate in surgery it means that some of your patients will die or have severe complications because of your mistakes. Mistakes can be costly, even life-threatening when it comes to medicine. Doctors, hospitals, and health care providers can make mistakes that have grave consequences, and our legal system has provided a way for patients and their families to get compensation for those mistakes. However, it’s not easy to win a medical malpractice case. The burden of proof is on the patient, and malpractice is a hard thing to prove. There are some important aspects to consider before you proceed with a malpractice case. The basic definition of medical malpractice is that a person was given substandard care because of negligence, ignorance, or lack of action on the part of medical personnel. Also, and this is very important, the substandard care must have caused significant harm to the patient. If your grandfather stubs his toe in the hospital because a nurse was watching TV in his room and didn’t help him get out of bed, it might fit the substandard care criteria, but it certainly didn’t cause him significant harm. The majority of medical malpractice cases that go to court end with no payment to the injured party or their survivors. That’s why if you or someone you love has received substandard medical care that resulted in significant harm, you need expert legal assistance to determine if...
Elder Abuse Prevention and Warning Signs

Elder Abuse Prevention and Warning Signs

Elder abuse is being exposed more and more in the United States. Everyone with an older person in his or her life needs to exercise constant vigilance in order to recognize this situation. The reason is that it can happen to anyone at any time. Family members, friends and anyone else who has regular contact with someone who is older needs to do everything possible to put a stop to elder abuse when they suspect that it’s occurring. While our society has become more aware of the existence of this problem, elder abuse prevention remains a challenge. Researchers at the University of North Carolina, the University of California at San Diego and Weil Cornell Medicine collaborated on a study regarding the recognition of elder abuse in emergency departments across the United States. That study revealed a problem with the level of recognition. They reviewed national databases that related to older people reporting to emergency rooms in the United States. The study concluded that emergency departments diagnosed elder abuse in an estimated 3,846. The researchers also found that: Neglect accounted for 32.9 percent of cases recorded. Physical abuse accounted for 32.2 percent of cases. Women were much more likely to be diagnosed with elder abuse than men. Elder abuse was badly under-diagnosed overall. The recent study revealed the issues regarding the recognition of elder abuse. It cites that we need to improve our prevention and recognition of this terrible problem. Elder abuse prevention requires constant involvement in the lives of older people. Loved ones, friends and other contacts need to regularly ask questions of anyone who is receiving care. Asking...