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What you should know about medical malpractice tort reform

The recent trend shows that not as many lawsuits for medical malpractice are seeing success through settlements or the court system. This is not all bad news however as on the whole, those who succeed are getting larger awards than they were in the past. The reason behind the changes is likely tort reform, which focus on reducing frivolous lawsuits and getting proper awards for people who truly have been injured.

What can you do to reduce the risk of medical malpractice?

There are many ways to reduce your risk of suffering from medical malpractice. One of the first things you can do is to make sure your physician is really listening to your concerns. If you feel that he or she is writing off what you're saying or dismissing your concerns, you may wish to get a second opinion. Sticking with a doctor who doesn't listen to your needs is bad for you and leads to poor care down the line.

Medical mistakes aren't necessarily malpractice: Here's why

A medical mistake is not necessarily medical malpractice, but any error that occurs can lead to litigation. There are three elements to any medical malpractice case. These include having a duty of care to a patient, breaching the duty of care, showing that an injury is related to that breach and damages.

Overweight patients have the same rights as others

Do obese patients receive poor care compared to those who are not? That's a good question, particularly for patients who may be overweight. There have been claims made that doctors are prejudiced against obese patients. Why? Many may assume that their medical problems are a result of their weight.

Elderly patients may need additional help in medical facilities

It might not be surprising, but the older you get, the worse the hospital can be for you. Many senior and elderly patients deteriorate physically and mentally when they're in the hospital, even if they get over their original illness or injury. Around a third of patients over the age of 70 and over half of the patients who are over the age of 85 leave hospitals in worse condition than when they arrived.

Are some months riskier than others to seek medical care?

In 2011, the Journal of General Internal Medicine published their findings on the frequency of medical errors, and found that the month of July looked especially interesting. This month had 10 percent more teaching hospital deaths than other months due to medical errors. Doctors that heard about the findings weren't surprised. It fact the medical community has a name for the increased error rate that comes in July. They call it "The July Effect."

The shocking statistics of medical errors in the United States

What's the third leading cause of death? Heart disease? Cancer? No, in fact, it's medical errors. It might be a shock to you that medical errors rank so high, but with 251,000 deaths due to medical errors reported in the most recent year's data, they certainly do cause problems for patients and their families alike. It's not just medical errors that cause deaths that should be concerning, either; for every death there is, there are other errors taking place that patients survive. The impact of medical errors is wide and spreading.

Second opinions: Vital for patient safety

Doctors can make mistakes in diagnosing conditions, which is why many people say that it's important that you get a second opinion about your doctor's diagnosis. It's particularly important to seek a second opinion when you're facing treatments for cancer or major diseases. You want to make sure that biopsies and diagnoses are correct before starting on a program of treatments that have their own risks and side effects.

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