A family mourns the loss of their toddler due to a sudden illness. The California family was devastated to learn that the child died from what could have been an easily treatable ailment. The mother has gone on to say that she believes the death was a result of medical malpractice.
For many residents of California and across the nation, the thought of losing a loved one may be just as painful and frightening as the possibility of their own death. People everywhere rely on health care providers to keep family members and relatives as safe and healthy as possible. This, then, is only one reason why some individuals decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit when a family member dies due to a careless doctor's negligence.
Missing an important diagnosis can have devastating effects on a person's health. When a physician listens to the patient, understands all possible diagnoses and orders the proper tests it is less likely that the patient will fall victim to medical malpractice. One California man's experience in trying to get a diagnosis for valley fever caused him to take some extreme measures to get treatment.
When people go to see a doctor, they hope to receive respect, care and the doctor's full attention. People like to trust that their doctor takes their concerns seriously and utilizes the appropriate testing and diagnosis methods in order to best treat the patient. Unfortunately, some research shows that women can sometimes fail to get proper diagnosis or treatment because of gender bias by physicians. Perhaps greater awareness will improve the medical malpractice rates of physicians in California and beyond.
There is some controversy in the medical community about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Some critics argue that the illness is overdiagnosed, and that some children who are diagnosed with it actually do not and should instead be considered gifted. The medicines prescribed to individuals with ADHD have been shown to be addictive and lead to permanent changes in the brain. Will some California doctors then be charged with medical malpractice if a non-ADHD child becomes addicted to ADHD drugs?
A sensational case calling for the reversal of a death certificate has a family in conflict with the medical community. The parents of a California teen ruled brain dead are looking to have that judgment reversed to help with their medical malpractice case. Representatives of the hospital that allegedly contributed to her injury say that the woman's claims are not based in reality. A recent news story gives more details about the teen and her case.
Most people find that their relationships with their loved ones are among the most important things in their lives. When such a relationship is cut short by the negligence of a medical professional, it is devastating. The surviving family is then deprived of the companionship and support of their irreplaceable loved one. In a recent news story, one California woman is facing this experience. She has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital that she alleges caused the wrongful death of her husband.
A trip to the emergency room is an anxiety-filled time, and one hopes that the medical issue involved will be resolved by the team of doctors and nurses met there. Unfortunately, ERs are busy places, attending physicians are often generalists and sometimes a patient is misdiagnosed. This typically constitutes grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Recently, Anne Wheaton, wife of California actor Wil Wheaton (of "Star Wars: The Next Generation," "Stand By Me" and "The Big Bang Theory" fame), ran into a misdiagnosis issue in an ER, and she is telling her story to raise awareness and help keep it from happening to other women like her.
Making patients safer is the end goal of many new technologies being rolled out in the medical industry. One technology in particular has already improved outcomes in a California hospital. Future-thinking technologies, once accepted, have the ability to reduce patient deaths and medical malpractice claims. Until then, injured patients may need to seek help seeking damages.
Some childless couples are willing to pay large sums of money and endure great hardships in order to conceive a child. Fertility clinics compete for business with one another and advertise huge success rates. Some researchers and experts claim that high rates of success for IVF clinics can be artificially inflated and failures obscured. A recent news story tells the tale of one California fertility doctor whose high number of malpractice cases has put him in the top one percent of physicians paying out for medical malpractice and has called his whole practice into question.