Children are amongst the most vulnerable amongst us. One reason for this is because they are less able to clearly articulate themselves. In the medical context, this can make it challenging for doctors and nurses to identify symptoms of serious injuries or illnesses and make quick and accurate diagnoses. This sometimes leads to improper treatment, which, in turn, can lead to a worsened medical condition or death.
The birthing process should be one that is filled with joyous anticipation. While this is the case for many Michigan residents, in some instances medical errors result in serious injuries and death. Although the reasons for these errors are sometimes obvious, in a significant number of cases, there is a lack of clarity. Many times, medical professionals claim that pre-existing medical conditions or poor overall health led to complications, but these claims may be veiling the truth.
At some point in our lives, all of us will experience symptoms that are consistent with one medical condition or another. The job of medical professionals is to further assess those symptoms so that accurate diagnoses can be made and effective courses of treatment can be prescribed. The challenge, though, is that there are 200 symptoms and more than 10,000 diseases, which means that a symptom could potentially be one of 50 medical conditions. This is why doctors need to be diligent in their search for what ails an individual.
Cancer is a word that nobody wants to hear. Sadly, though, many Michigan residents find themselves inflicted with the disease. As scary as this may sound, many forms of cancer can be effectively treated if they are caught early enough. However, this requires a prompt and accurate diagnosis, which requires a medical professional to live up to his responsibility. Failing to do so could lead to a worsened medical condition and a decreased chance of survival, thereby negatively impacting an individual's quality of life.
Preparing to receive medical treatment in Michigan can be scary. Some treatments are relatively minor, but others can have serious side effects and risks associated with them that can prove quite dangerous. For this reason it is imperative that patients are fully informed before making a healthcare decision that they believe is in their best interests.
Although most Michigan medical malpractice cases result in settlement, those who have been harmed by hospital negligence need to be prepared to take a case to trial in the event that settlement cannot be reached. By having one's case prepared for litigation, a victim may also give himself or herself more bargaining power at the negotiation table, which can thereby increase the chances that resolution can be reached. While a victim will obviously need to be prepared to present facts to support his or her claim, it is also imperative to anticipate any potential defenses that may be raised so that they can be effectively countered.
Giving birth to a child should be something that fills an expectant mother with anticipation and joy. Although most children are born healthy, while protecting the mother's safety and well-being, there are times when errors are made that result in serious harm to the child, the child's mother or both. A birth injury can have significant ramifications for a child, too, as illustrated by one medical malpractice lawsuit that was won by a Michigan family.
Michigan women who are eagerly awaiting the birth of a child should be filled with excitement and anticipation, not fear. Yet, a new study conducted by USA Today shows that expecting mothers may be at more risk of harm than many realize. For these women and their families, medical malpractice can change their lives for the worse and for years, or even decades, to come.
Michigan residents who are unexpectedly hit with a debilitating medical condition expect to be quickly diagnosed and effectively treated by the medical professional they choose to see. While most doctors and nurses carry out their duties in a competent fashion, others fail to do so. This, in turn, puts innocent and unsuspecting patients at risk of suffering serious harm. Those who fall victim to doctor negligence can be shocked by the extent of their damages. Depending on the medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages involved, the losses can be enormous.
Although Michigan doctors take an oath promising to do their patients no harm, far too often, medical mistakes lead to undeserved and completely avoidable injuries. Last week, we discussed how this can occur when a medical professional fails to obtain informed consent before proceeding with a course of treatment, but that is merely one of the many ways a doctor or hospital can be negligent. A medical condition may be misdiagnosed or never diagnosed, and surgical errors can occur.