Most people who undergo plastic surgery do so to feel better about themselves, to remove a physical flaw or simply minimize the many signs of aging that are unavoidable. However, too many of these surgeries result in serious and even fatal injuries.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed by a physician, there are some steps that you can and should take. However, not all medical errors rise to the level of medical malpractice.
According to the Wall Street Journal, life insurance premiums are rising, and insurers are blaming the low interest rates set by the Federal Reserve in recent years, which they say have impacted their investments and therefore their bottom lines. Medical malpractice premiums, according to the report, likely won't be far behind.
When doctors sexually abuse patients, not only may they be breaking the law, but they are violating the all-important doctor-patient relationship. However, many doctors accused of sexual misconduct have been able to avoid not only the legal system, but professional sanctions.
Those of us who are old enough to remember when doctors kept our records in file folders, clipboards with our information hung at the foot of our hospital beds and physicians scrawled barely-legible prescriptions on pieces of paper may still be getting used to our medical records being accessed via laptops and tablets. Electronic health records have improved patient documentation and reduced the problems caused by misread handwriting. However, EHRs also come with their own set of problems that can result in medical errors -- sometimes serious ones.
When surgeons make an error or something goes wrong during surgery, are they required to tell the patient and family? They may not be.
Can your behavior affect the accuracy of your medical diagnosis? According to the recently-published results of two different studies, it appears that it can.
If you believe that you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, the first thing that you should do is consult a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney who can help determine whether what happened is indeed malpractice under state law. There are statutes of limitations for filing medical malpractice suits. Don't let your right to justice and compensation be denied because you waited too long to act.
In our last post, we began looking at the growing recognition of the power of apologizing in the field of medical care. Honest communication and expressions of sympathy can go a long way in preventing medical malpractice litigation, and many states have passed measures explicitly protecting such communications from being used against a physician in court.
A heartfelt apology, as everyone knows, can go a long way toward resolving a dispute. This is certainly true in relationships with friends and family, and it also seems to be true in patient-provider relations. That, at least, is the experience of hospitals that have introduced enhanced communication and resolution programs which encourage physicians to have a heart-to-heart discussion with patients who have suffered a bad outcome.