Can a doctor-patient relationship really exist when neither the doctor nor the patient have met? What about when the patient doesn't even know the doctor's name?
If something goes wrong after a medical procedure, does an apology from your doctor automatically mean that your doctor is admitting that he or she made a mistake? Not under Ohio law.
Have you ever been the victim of medical profiling?
There's a lot of talk on the news about the pain pill epidemic that's sweeping through the country -- but there's relatively little conversation happening about how addicts can kick the addiction safely -- and the role that their doctors need to play.
In a nutshell, informed consent is your right to know enough information about your own medical condition and the risks of any medical procedure you are about to have in order to make an educated decision about whether or not you want to proceed.
If you have an existing doctor-patient relationship, your doctor has a duty to make certain that you receive any critical, ongoing care that you need. Failing to do so is considered patient abandonment -- which is a type of medical malpractice.
Poor record keeping, including incomplete documentation, ranks among the top 10reasons that physicians get sued -- and rightly so.
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.
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.
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.