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Anesthesia errors happen and injury can result

If you or a loved one is about to have a medical procedure or surgery, there are only a few ways of being rendered unconscious for the procedure. While the doctor may explain the details of the surgery or procedure, they may not go in depth about the anesthesia process. The truth is, anesthesia carries risks for medical injury too, as does the medical procedure one is being put under for. Anesthesia error, rather than actual surgical error, could happen to a patient and cause unnecessary injury.

County commissioners approve $4 million malpractice settlement

When you or a loved one needs medical care, you want to know that you can be cared for in a way that will be beneficial or at least stabilizing to your own or a loved one's health. Doctors and hospital staff often do the very best they can and can perform what some would characterize as miracles.' Other people do not have this experience and instead have a negative experience with their healthcare. These experience can result in a worsened medical condition or in a worst case scenario, death.

What is 'informed consent' in medical procedures?

Part of receiving medical care is the dialog between doctor and patient. In some cases, other health care professionals, like nurses or similar staff, may step in to answer questions and make recommendations. When a person is ill or has an injury, there is often a few options in terms or care, or there may only be one option. Before a person goes through with their treatment decision, the appropriate healthcare provider must notify the patient of the potential benefits and potential risks of the treatment or procedure.

Woman alleges item was left inside her after Chicago surgery

Have you ever left for work in the morning, but couldn't shake a nagging suspicion that you had forgotten something? Maybe you think the garage door was left open, or you can't locate one of your credit cards. Either way, it's not a good feeling to have. Well imagine that feeling a person has when they realize something was left in their body after a surgery.

Legal protections for victims of a missed diagnosis

A missed diagnosis can be devastating for victims and their families. When a patient entrusts their medical care to their doctor or other healthcare professional, it is important they are familiar with their options if their trust was violated and a diagnosis was missed. Medical malpractice claims serve to protect victims in these situations.

What is informed consent?

There are different types of medical malpractice claims and a claim based on a lack of informed consent is one type. Informed consent is an important part of the medical process and of receiving medical care and treatment. In circumstances when there is no informed consent, a medical malpractice claim for unauthorized treatment may follow. So, what is informed consent and why is it so important?

Did your doctor let your labor go on too long?

This is it. The event you have been waiting for throughout your pregnancy. Your contractions started, and you arrive at the hospital ready to meet the newest addition to your family. Your doctor comes in to check on you and the baby. If your contractions and dilation have progressed far enough, the staff on the maternity ward makes you as comfortable as possible.

What is wrongful death?

You may have heard the term before, but what is wrongful death? Wrongful death refers to a legal remedy available to help family members of victims of fatal accidents. Wrongful death refers to when a loved one has been wrongfully killed because of the negligence of another party. Wrongful death can occur in the context of medical malpractice, workplace accidents or car accidents, among other circumstances and situations. A wrongful death claim for damages enables surviving family members to seek compensation for the harm they have suffered.

Legal resources available to victims of medical malpractice

Whenever a patient visits a doctor, they are placing their trust in the medical care and treatment they expect to receive. When there has been a failed or erroneous diagnosis, it can cause serious consequences for the victim and, potentially, for the victim's family. If there has been a missed diagnosis or delayed diagnosis that has caused harm, medical professionals may be liable to the victim and their family for the damages suffered.

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