The Health and Human Services Department, a federal agency tasked with protecting the health of all Americans, recently issued a rule that is designed to better ensure nursing homes are held accountable for instances of nursing home abuse.
Food poisoning is no joke, as anyone who has suffered from it can attest. According to the federal government's food safety page, millions of people in the United States get sick from food that is contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites, mold, toxins, or other contaminants. Furthermore, many people can be brought low by eating food to which they are allergic. Symptoms, which include gastrointestinal distress of various kinds such as vomiting and diarrhea, can be mild to severe. Some allergens, such as those that reside in peanuts, can result in death. 128,000 people are hospitalized in the United States each year due to complications arising from foodborne illnesses.
The birth of a child should be a momentous and joyous event in your life, as well as the lives of those who love and support you. In fact, many Massachusetts families, like yours, eagerly await the new addition, and make many plans for the child to come. Yet, despite all the planning, the health of your newborn baby is often dependent on decisions made by medical professionals at the time of delivery. Though many births are successful, resulting in an injury-free event, far too many still result in birth injuries.
There are a lot of documents that can help you with your claim. When it comes to actually proving medical malpractice, your medical records may be especially critical. These documents will indicate your treatment, which an attorney can then analyze to see if that care fell within the acceptable standard of care. If it did not, and you suffered harm as a result, then negligence may be found.
Yes, depending on the circumstances. The law requires medical professionals to educate you about your medical condition, available treatment options, and the risks associated with each course of action. This information must be provided in a way that is easy to understand so that you can be educated enough to make an informed decision about your medical treatment. Then, when you choose a course of action, you are deemed to have given "informed consent."
Many Massachusetts residents hate to hear they need surgery. An operation might make the patient fearful that she has a serious medical condition, and the mere thought of being cut open by a doctor may make her queasy. Most of the time, these operations go through without a hitch, resulting in a successful surgery that may leave the patient healthier. Other times, though, a doctor makes a devastating mistake that can have life-altering effects.
Treating a medical condition effectively is dependent upon accurately diagnosing that condition. If the condition is identified quickly and accurately, then a doctor can prescribe appropriate medication, conduct necessary operations, and offer any other beneficial treatment. However, when a doctor misdiagnoses a condition or there is a delay in a diagnosis, the results can be tragic for the patient.
Going to the doctor can be a scary experience. Many times patients feel as if something is wrong with them, but they do not know what. This is where the expertise of a doctor is supposed to come to the rescue. While many doctors rely on their years of training and experience to accurately and timely diagnose conditions, others fail to do so. A misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis can be a serious mistake leading to a worsened medical condition or death.
Though giving birth should be a momentous life event filled with happiness, it can also be nerve-wracking. Expecting mothers put full trust behind their doctor's expertise and experience, literally putting their and their baby's life in the doctor's hands. Often, this trust is well placed and the baby is delivered safely and healthily. Every now and then, though, mistakes are made and the mother, the baby, or both are seriously injured or killed.
Though certain medical conditions may make many Massachusetts residents fearful, the fact that experienced, educated doctors populate our cities and towns should put them at ease. Unfortunately, all too often doctors make mistakes that can cause serious personal injury or death. A new report shows where doctors are falling short, and how devastating it can be for patients.