While patients across the nation expect to receive safe and proper care when entering a hospital or medical facility, this is unfortunately not always the case. Errors and negligence can occur, resulting in much harm to an unsuspecting patient.
This blog recently discussed the serious nature of medical mistakes for victims. There are important considerations to be aware of in medical malpractice situations. It is essential to understand time limits as they apply to medical malpractice circumstances, which are referred to as statutes of limitation. Statutes of limitation must be strictly followed and failing to file a claim for damages within the prescribed time limit bars the claim forever.
Victims of medical malpractice are protected through the legal process. According to a study done by BMJ Quality & Safety, about 12 million adults in the United States who seek outpatient care are misdiagnosed by their doctors. The researchers who conducted the study stated that in at least half of those cases, the misdiagnosis had the potential to result in serious harm. Previous studies had made hospitals the focus of their study, but this one found that patients seeking outpatient care may also be at risk. The number of victims impacted represents 5 percent of all outpatients in the U.S.
When you place your health care in the hands of a qualified physician or other professional, you trust that they are going to make decisions that are right for your care and your situation. Unfortunately, medical mistakes are all too common and are the third leading cause of death in the United States, right behind cancer and heart disease. This statistic highlights the fact that medical errors are problems that need fixing to protect patients. Knowing the most common medical errors can help patients protect themselves from devastating consequences.
Hardly anyone disputes that doctors, nurses and health care providers have difficult, stressful jobs. They make mistakes. Sometimes, circumstances are outside of their control, and, despite their best efforts, patients die or suffer from terrible complications.
Summer Vacation is finally here!
School is out, the days are long and sunny, and we are all on a different schedule than the one we keep the other nine months of the year. Summertime is prime time for travel for a lot of families, and even though you might be out of your usual routine for the summer, don't let summer vacation safety and security slip by the wayside.
Spend any time driving the streets of Evansville and you will most likely see at least one scooter sharing the road with you. Common and popular in cities around the country (and world), scooters are an inexpensive alternative form of transportation - small, light, and economical. For individuals who choose not to take on the expense of an automobile, with maintenance, insurance, and fuel costs, a scooter is an appealing option.
It's bad enough to be sick in the winter when the weather is uncooperative, but to be ill in the summertime when you really want to be out enjoying the sunshine seems especially unfair. Yes, illness can strike at any time, and sometimes its source is the thing you least expect.
Bicycle Helmets Provide Safety in Close Calls
Imagine you're enjoying a leisurely bike ride one afternoon, when a pickup truck passes so closely by you that its mirror strikes your upper arm. The impact causes you to wobble but isn't strong enough to knock you off your bike, and the truck drives away. Though you're left with a nasty bruise, you're otherwise unhurt.