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2 kinds of medical errors that happen to patients

The last thing you want is a surgical mistake or doctor's error when receiving treatment for a medical condition. Nevertheless, these mistakes and blunders happen on a daily basis at most medical facilities. In most cases, the patients aren't hurt, or their injuries are so minor that no one pays a great deal of attention to them. In some circumstances, however, patients suffer from life-threatening injuries as a result of medical treatment mistakes.

Below are two of the most common errors that happen to patients.

Is the nursing home liable for my loved one's bedsore?

With modern bed technology, bedsores should be a thing of the past. Beds are now designed to reposition themselves and use hydraulics to change the weight distribution throughout the day for patients who are bed-ridden. That said, medical staff members need to program these beds to achieve such a desired result. Failing to properly program the bed could be the cause of your loved one's bedsore injuries.

Once a bedsore has developed, the patient requires swift attention to ensure that the wound does not develop into a full-blown medical emergency. Fortunately, if a hospital catches the bedsore in time, the sore will usually heal without any serious complications beyond pain and discomfort. If the hospital -- due to neglect and negligence -- fails to catch and treat the bedsore in time, then it can become infected. With frail and elderly individuals, the situation can become deadly.

Create a paper trail for a more effective product liability case

Product liability cases are often brought against designers and manufacturers because of items that hurt others. For instance, a toy that cuts a child or a piece of furniture that splits and causes injury are both examples of dangerous products with defects.

Product liability laws allow people to seek compensation if they're injured by defective products or products that manufacturers knew were dangerous but did not warn against. For example, if a manufacturer knows that a product is prone to heating up, they should include a warning that it could become hot. Failing to do that could lead to burns and injuries that leave individuals with hospital bills.

New York limousine crash deadliest since 2009

When you call for transportation to an event, you expect that the driver is going to be skilled and provide you with safe passage from one place to the next. If the driver is not paying attention or under the influence themselves, then there is no question that the day could end badly.

In this instance, it's not yet known what caused this serious collision, but people hope to find out. In the deadliest crash in the last nine years, 20 people were killed. The crash, which took place on Oct. 6, involved a limo and 17 friends who had rented it for a birthday party.

Home health-care services may not be the best solution

When people age, it's likely that they will require some kind of care. The type of care they receive may vary, but many prefer to stay at home. Home care is a popular option because it keeps them in familiar surroundings. This is particularly helpful for those with memory loss and dementia.

Another reason people opt for home care is that they hear what nursing homes are allegedly like. There are some nursing homes that are downright dangerous for residents. Low-staffing levels mean that residents may not get the attention they need, and that leads to neglect and mistakes.

Know who's liable if you're hurt by defective products

No matter what you buy, you want to know that the product is safe. Whether it is a drug for an illness or a toy for your child, it is important that the item is safe for use.

When a manufacturer does not take steps to make sure products fall within safety guidelines, they put the public at risk. It is very important that they are held liable for that.

Crash results in serious injuries for motorcyclist

Crashes can happen at almost any time and any place. It's important for the police to determine who is at fault. This will help provide the evidence you will need to make a claim against the other party for the injuries and damages that have occurred as a result of their negligent acts.

Police in Poughkeepsie are asking for witnesses to come forward after a three-vehicle collision resulted in injuries. The Aug. 20 report states that the crash happened along Route 9. It happened just before 5 p.m.

What is an erroneous treatment?

An erroneous treatment is as much a problem as receiving no treatment at all. Sometimes, a medical provider may diagnose you with the wrong condition or choose the wrong treatment for the condition you have. That could lead to further injuries.

Here's an example: If you fall and get hurt, you could break your arm. If the doctor misdiagnoses you, then they may send you to physical therapy or give you a splint. That might not be enough to support your arm, and it could lead to the break worsening, further pain or undue suffering.

Submitting your nursing home complaint to the state

Nursing home neglect is an unacceptable part of many patients' lives. It happens under the eye of those who are supposed to be caring for your loved one, and in many cases, it involves those who are at their most vulnerable.

Did you know that you can file a complaint through the New York State Department of Health? There is a Nursing Home Complaint Hotline and complaint form that victims of abuse and their families can use to inform the state about the incident. These complaints are made anonymously, but it's vital that you have a designated representative to receive correspondence from the state.

Medical malpractice is a killer: Here's what patients should know

Making errors is a way of life for many people. Humans learn that way. There is one group of people who simply cannot make mistakes, though, and those people are medical providers.

When a medical doctor, nurse or other staff member makes a mistake, it may threaten the life of a patient who came for care. Many times, patients don't recognize errors as they begin to develop. They don't notice a doctor not wearing gloves or marking the wrong leg before surgery. It's hard for others to be their own advocates.


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