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Lack of informed consent can form basis for medical malpractice

Medical professionals usually know which course of medical treatment is best suited for a particular injury or illness. However, a patient is the ultimate decider when it comes to the medical treatment that will be rendered. Why? One reason is that certain forms of medical treatment, including surgeries and medication, carry significant risks. If a patient is not aware of these risk, then he or she may make a decision without knowing that he or she could wind up seriously injured or even killed as a result.

In order to protect patients, medical professionals are required to obtain informed consent before pursuing any type of medical treatment. This means that a patient must receive all information about his or her medical condition, the treatment options and risks associated with each form of treatment. This information must be conveyed in language that is easily understood by the patient. Also, the information must be thorough enough that the patient is considered fully informed before making his or her decision.

Prostate cancer treatable if caught early

Cancer is a word that many Texans hate to hear. It can spark bad memories of loved ones who were overcome by the disease, or it may cause fear for the potential that one may become inflicted by it. Although this disease continues to be deadly for many, advances in detection and treatment have improved the prognoses of many. However, effective treatment of cancer often requires quick detection.

Prostate cancer is an example of a treatable cancer if caught early. This cancer is amongst the most common in men, especially those who are older, have a family history of prostate cancer, and those who are obese. Since this type of cancer is so common, some medical professionals recommend screening beginning at age 50. Those who possess additional risk factors may be recommended to start screening even sooner.

Meconium aspiration syndrome and medical malpractice

The birthing process, though seemingly easy, is immensely difficult. Medical professionals must properly monitor a soon-to-be mother and her unborn child in order to spot any complications and, once those issues are identified, these medical professionals must take quick and effective action. When they fail to adequately monitor or act in response to problematic issues, mothers and their children can be seriously injured or even killed. Recovering from these harms can be challenging in their own right, leaving victims with physical, emotional and financial damages.

There are a number of birth injuries that can be suffered. Amongst them is meconium aspiration syndrome. This is a condition where a child's stool, referred to as meconium, is passed into the amniotic fluid prior to birth. When the child is born, he or she then may inhale the meconium. This, in turn, can cause inflation of the child's lungs and/or blockage of the airways.

Radiology errors could cost you serious health consequences

When you suffer from an injury or illness, you rely on the medical personnel attending to your care to determine what is wrong and how to treat it. Doctors and surgeons often rely on radiological tests to provide you with an accurate diagnosis.

This probably makes a radiologist part of your care team. Properly reading the results of imaging tests may prove a crucial part of your care. When a radiologist makes a mistake, you are the one who bears the consequences of that error.

What is legal discovery and how is it beneficial?

When an individual is injured by the negligence of a medical professional, the damages can be quite extensive. A medical malpractice victim may suffer serious physical and emotional pain and suffering and the financial losses can be ruinous. In cases where hospital negligence results in death, the extent of these damages can increase exponentially for surviving family members. Although a wrongful death lawsuit may prove beneficial in helping surviving family members recover compensation for their damages, the legal process involved in a successful claim can be quite challenging and sometimes burdensome.

One of these legal issues is discovery. In short, discovery is the process through which one party to a case obtains information held by another party to the case. The information sought must be relevant to the issue in question, and it must not be privileged. These privileges include the attorney-client privilege and spousal privilege.

Pulmonary embolism can prove deadly if not caught in time

There are a number of medical conditions that pose such a threat that medical researchers have studied them extensively. As a result, many of these conditions can be effectively treated, sometimes even completely remedied, which, in some cases, can save an individual's life.

One of these conditions is pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism occurs when one of the arteries in one's lungs is blocked, oftentimes by a blood clot. Usually these blog clots travel to the lungs from the legs. As the blood flow to the lung may be slowed or stopped due to a pulmonary embolism, the lung disuse may die, making it difficult to circulate oxygen to the rest of an individual's body. This, in turn, can prove fatal.

Did you really need that surgery your doctor said you did?

Trust. That is what you give your doctors when you have a medical problem that causes you pain, diminishes your quality of life and even threatens your life. As part of the discussion about your treatment, someone may have mentioned surgery.

In many cases, this could be a necessary part of your treatment. However, if there is a chance that surgery doesn't have to happen, what if your surgeon fails to share that important piece of information? You could end up going through an unnecessary surgical procedure. To make matters worse, something could go wrong during the operation, which could leave you harmed and with larger health issues than you originally had.

Failure to diagnose cases require strong representation

The medical field can be a place of wonder where miracles happen. Doctors can oftentimes identify and treat diseases before they become too advanced, allowing individuals to escape the pain and suffering that can be accompanied by long-term affliction. These medical professionals can even prevent death. As amazing as this is, there is a darker side to the medical field, one in which healthcare professionals neglect their duties and fail to protect their patients. In these instances, preventable death and injuries can occur, such as in the case we discussed previously on this blog.

The wake left by a doctor's failure to diagnose can be tremendous. It may lead to a worsened medical condition that is beyond treatment. While this may certainly reduce an individual's chances of survival, it can also leave him or her with massive physical, emotional and financial losses. Stress, fear, pain, lost wages and medical expenses can all take a toll, leaving a victim overwhelmed and uncertain of where to turn for help.

Medical malpractice, brain injuries and dementia

It may be frightening to hear, but a lot can go wrong when receiving medical treatment. A doctor may fail to recognize certain symptoms of a serious condition, which can lead to a worsened condition, and medical operations can result in negligence and surgical errors that leave a patient forever changed. Even medication errors can prove deadly. Although there are a number of injuries that can be suffered as a result of medical malpractice, one of the most frightening is brain damage.

There are a number of ways that brain injuries can occur in the medical field. For example, a patient may suffer brain damage when he or she is deprived of oxygen for a period of time. This may happen via anesthesia error, a failure to monitor or an instance where a child's umbilical cord gets wrapped around his or her neck. The wrong dosage of certain medications may also lead to brain damage.

How are surgical infections caused?

Texans who need a surgical operation can find themselves frightened for many reasons. They might be concerned with the costs, the results and even the process of being put under anesthesia. Although these are legitimate concerns, there are far more complications that can arise in the course of a medical procedure that can leave patients with serious harm.

Perhaps one of the most dangerous of these complications is infection. Infections can occur in a number of ways. Improperly cleaned skin can have germs that can then get into a surgical wound, causing infection. Infections can also occur if the area inside the body where the operation occurred already contained certain germs. Additionally, if surgical instruments or the hands of a surgeon are dirty at the time of an operation, then a patient may wind up infected.

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