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Hospital in New Jersey accused of hiding MRSA outbreak

When someone enters a hospital, they are under the assumption that they will be treated in the most professional manner possible and that every effort will be taken to address the illness, injury or procedure. In a vast majority of instances, this is the case, and the patient leaves in better condition than before, or at least with the confidence that their condition was properly addressed and a satisfactory prognosis has been given.

Legal assistance after a pulmonary embolism death in Texas

After a surgical procedure in Texas, the patient and the patient's family will feel a certain amount of relief once it is over and the medical staff lets them know that the issue for which the surgery was necessary has been dealt with. Many will forget that there is always a possibility of a post-surgical complication that can result in severe injury and even the loss of a loved one. One such danger is a pulmonary embolism. Understanding what this is and knowing whether it was a medical mistake or not is a key to determining the next course of action and if a lawsuit is necessary.

Study examines overdose and other medication mistakes by RNs

When people in Texas and across the nation need treatment at a hospital, they are expecting to get the proper care from every medical professional who is involved in their case. However, it is an unfortunate fact that a medical mistake can occur. One of these mistakes involves medication errors committed by a registered nurse. To prevent these mistakes, studies are undertaken to determine how and why they happen. These studies can also serve to be a guide for families to have an idea whether a drug mistake resulted in a worsened medical condition or even death. This can be useful if they decide to seek compensation.

Can a hospital in Texas be held responsible for a wrongful death?

No one in Houston wants to experience the death of a loved one, particularly during the holiday season. Unfortunately, a wrongful death can occur at any time of the year. Whether it's complications following surgery, a medication error or a failure to diagnose a health condition, when a loved one's death is due to medical malpractice, that person's loved ones may wonder who they can hold responsible. Of course, the first person the victim's family may think of holding liable for their loved one's death is the physician that committed the error. However, there may be other potential defendants as well.

Can a wrongful death award be modified?

The unexpected loss of a loved one can leave a family in turmoil. Emotionally speaking, they may struggle to cope with the fact that they will never again be able to spend time with their loved one talking, laughing, and experiencing life. Although these damages can be more than enough for a surviving family to handle, they will likely also be forced to deal with the financial aftermath. Families may find it difficult to come up with the funds to pay for medical expenses and funeral costs, and the deceased individual's lost wages can leave them without the income they need just to get by.

What are some common defenses to medical malpractice?

Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by medical malpractice. Sometimes these injuries turn fatal, leaving unsuspecting families utterly devastated. They face serious emotional harm, knowing that they will never be able to see their loved ones again. But, surviving families can also encounter the financial realities of the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one. Lost wages, funeral costs and medical expenses can all take quite a toll on a family's financial wellbeing.

Why would doctors lie about medical errors?

Medical providers in the Houston area have a duty to offer the best medical care possible to their patients. Patients who need medical care have the right to expert care that is comprehensive and accurate. Most of the time doctors are able to accomplish this task. But, occasionally a medical mistake occurs that puts the life of a patient at risk. Occasionally doctors who perform a medical error lie about it, putting at risk the life of another patient.

Electronic medical records can cause problems for patients

As many Houston residents have noticed, electronic health records have become very popular among medical providers. Just a few years ago, most doctors were using pen and paper during appointments, but most doctors now use a computer. There are many benefits to using electronic health records, but occasionally a medical error occurs because of them which can lead to wrongful death.

Medical errors a leading cause of death in the United States?

Most Houston residents will need to go to the doctor at least once this year. Patients expect that their doctor will be knowledgeable and accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. Many times this is true but a disturbing study has emerged that has highlighted the high presence of medical mistakes in the United States that can lead to wrongful death.

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