Nothing is more heartbreaking than learning that a serious disease, such as a cancer, has been misdiagnosed. For help navigating the legal system and protecting your rights, call Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. today.

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Linda began developing breasts early, wearing adult-sized bras by the time she was in eighth grade. By the time she was an adult, her 40DDD breasts looked almost comically disproportionate on her 5 ‘0 frame. Life with such large breasts didn’t just subject Linda to catcalling, invasive questions from women and men alike and unwelcome comments about her intelligence and sexual availability; it made finding clothing that fit her frame a nightmare, it meant chronic back pain, it meant feeling self-conscious no matter what she wore because she knew people would see her bust first, no matter what. 

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We trust our doctors, nurses and other types of healthcare providers to provide personalized, attentive care to help us heal and keep us healthy. And for the most part, they do. But healthcare providers are, like us, human beings and just like us, sometimes they make mistakes. 

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While patients turn to their doctors for treatment and care when they need it most, statistics show that medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of patient harm. Medication mistakes, surgical errors, misdiagnosis errors, and more can all lead to serious instances of patient harm, including fatal injuries in some cases. While you are most certainly not liable for the actions of your doctor, it is important to recognize the top factors that contribute to the risk of medical malpractice occurring, as well as how you can reduce that risk. Here’s what you should know–

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Suffering harm at your doctor’s hands can be a very shocking and traumatic experience – when you seek care from your doctor, you expect that the results will be positive for your health and wellbeing, not harmful. But when medical malpractice is involved, that’s exactly what can happen. In fact, statistics show that medical errors are now a leading cause of injury and death in the United States.

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We respect and honor our physicians, nurses and other medical providers who save lives and offer us relief from pain and other disabilities. However, like everyone else, medical providers make mistakes that are of commission or omission. Because our health is at stake, a medical error can lead to catastrophic results including death that could have been avoided if the medical provider had acted properly or according to certain standards.

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When most people think about medical malpractice, doctors’ errors that lead to immediate physical harm to the patient come to mind, such as operating on the wrong body part or improperly treating a wound, resulting in infection. Sometimes, lack of treatment is cause for a medical malpractice suit, as is a delayed diagnosis. But rarely is overtreating a patient considered to be an act of malpractice, especially one for which a patient may have a cause of action.

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Surgery is an invasive medical procedure that most people assume is relatively safe, and in the majority of cases they are right. The procedure, however, is usually performed by a number of medical professionals and there are opportunities for a number of things to go wrong, many of which are the result of medical negligence or malpractice.

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Medical Malpractice Lawyer Alarm Fatigue

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Alarm FatigueWith alarms beeping all day, nurses and doctors can become desensitized to the sound. This happens even more frequently, when many of the alarms are false ones.  When a nurse or doctor fails to check, however, and the alarm isn’t a false one, disaster can result for the patient. All too often, alarm fatigue results in patient injury or fatality, when all it would have taken is a nurse checking to make sure everything was okay, and acting when they discovered that it wasn’t.

 

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A urinary catheter is a standard medical device that nearly all healthcare professionals are familiar with. Inserted into a person’s bladder via the urethra, a catheter is used to collect urine when a patient in a hospital cannot control his or her own bladder. While catheters can be essential medical devices in many situations, an article in ABC News reports that the American Journal of Medicine has found that catheters are not only overused, but that they’re often forgotten about, too.

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