Many of our readers in Mississippi have probably seen news reports that pop up from time to time detailing some sort of abuse or neglect in a nursing home. These reports, sadly, seem all too common, and in many instances the focus of the reports is on criminal action that is being taken against the responsible parties -- the individuals employed by the nursing home who actually committed the acts in question. But, could a nursing home injury be caused by medical malpractice?
Americans put a great deal of faith and trust in medical professionals at our nation's hospitals, dental offices and other health care facilities. However, it is undeniable that there are far too many instances of medical malpractice in our country. It seems like nearly every day there is a news story about a person's surgery going wrong, a misdiagnosis that cost a family a loved one or some type of hospital negligence that left a patient in a worsened medical condition. At some point, those in Mississippi affected by these mistakes are likely to think: What are some important steps in a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Readers who are familiar with previous posts on our blog know that there are many different ways that medical treatment can go wrong, potentially resulting in serious harm and a medical malpractice claim. From surgical errors and misdiagnosis of an illness or injury to anesthesia errors and other forms of negligence, the variety of things that could go wrong is almost enough to keep people away from doctors and hospitals altogether. But, that usually isn't an option, and as a result we are forced to place our faith in the doctors and other healthcare providers who treat us.
Most of our readers in Mississippi know that there are quite a few birth injuries and complications that can be on the minds of expecting mothers and fathers. While most births result in healthy babies and healthy mothers, there are, unfortunately, many children who suffer problems due to the negligent care they receive as the result of a doctor error or hospital negligence. One all too common birth injury is Erb's palsy.
Babies are very delicate. It is common knowledge in Mississippi that their bodies must be properly supported when they are being held. Caring for a child begins long before birth. Pregnant mothers are encouraged to eat healthy foods, take supplements and visit their physician on a regular basis. The purpose of all of this care is to aid in the delivery of a healthy child. Despite all of this special care, it is not certain that a healthy child will be born.
Mississippi residents who are about to give birth to a child may have a lot of excitement, but also a lot of fear. They may be concerned about the safety of their child during the birthing process, hoping that the baby boy or girl will be born without any issue. Unfortunately, though, far too often children are subjected to birth injuries, with cerebral palsy being one of the most serious. But what, exactly, is cerebral palsy?
The start of a new year bring the promise of new things. For some Americans who are suffering from the flu, the first few weeks of 2015 may be a little uncomfortable. It is the first full week of January and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are already reporting that the flu has reached an epidemic level in the United States.
For many Mississippians, a time will come when they must decide what type of care to get for their elderly loved ones. They may choose to hire a move-in aide or to clear out one of their own bedrooms so they themselves can care for their elderly loved one. Many, though, will choose to place their loved one in a nursing home. While these institutions can be extremely beneficial for their residents and their residents' families, sometimes negligence leads to substandard care and significant harm.
Medical errors can occur in a variety of ways, from wrong-site surgery to birth injury, but one of the more common types of medical error is related to the prescription and administration of medication. Medication errors, like medical errors in general, can occur for various reasons, but many of these causes can be eliminated with a trained pharmacist around. This, at least, is the experience at a Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
Mental illness is a reality many Americans struggle with, and which we struggle with as a society in various ways. The number of Americans who live with mental illness of some sort is not negligible, either. According to a recent report by the National Institute of Mental Health, around 26.2 percent of adults age 18 or older suffer from a diagnosable mental illness every year. That same study found that the incidence of serious mental illness is considerably smaller, about 6 percent of the population.