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Faulty pediatric care can lead to medical malpractice

People entrust doctors with their care and expect them to properly diagnose and treat any issues that may arise in New Mexico. This is particularly true of pediatricians who are entrusted with the care of children. In a medical malpractice case in another state, a pediatrician's failure to adequately treat a kidney ailment resulted in a sizeable malpractice lawsuit.

A young girl became a patient of a pediatrician when the girl was 17 months old. She had experienced frequent urinary tract infections. The doctor ordered blood tests that showed evidence of kidney impairment. The child was later treated by a physician's assistant at the same facility and was found to be suffering from high blood pressure. A year later she was still suffering from high blood pressure, but there was no medical follow-up.

Tips on how to choose a car accident attorney after you have been injured in a car wreck that was not your fault.

Car accidents happen every day. According to the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the University of New Mexico, a car accident occurs every 12 minutes in New Mexico. Every time you get behind the wheel and drive to work or take your kids to school you run the risk of getting into a car crash. Fortunately, that statistics show that the chances of you or a loved one being killed in a car crash are extremely low at less than 1% in 2016.

Improperly executed procedure results in medical malpractice

People in New Mexico and elsewhere in the country entrust their health to medical professionals. Surgeons, especially cardiac surgeons, can literally hold someone's life in their hands. If cardiac surgery is required, one trusts that the utmost care will be taken to see that the surgery and follow up care are carried out properly and carefully. Failure to adhere to these principles can result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In a case in another state, a person required a pericardiocentesis. This procedure involves removing fluid from the sac that surrounds the heart. The procedure is typically carried out in a cardiac catheterization lab. In this instance, the procedure was performed at the patient's bedside. As a result, the patient was said to have suffered a severe brain injury.

Surgical errors can lead to medical malpractice suits

People tend to trust doctors in New Mexico and their ability to do what they say they're going to do. Doctors go to school for a long time and people expect them to be well-versed in their chosen fields of practice. One doctor in another state failed multiple patients and is the subject of multiple medical malpractice suits.

In one case, a gentleman was suffering from severe neck pain and felt his only option was surgery. He found this surgeon online in a search looking for a nearby hospital and one that would take his insurance. When he found the surgeon, he did an additional search to check out the qualifications and reviews of the surgeon. Everything in his online presence looked good.

Where can I get a good second opinion?

Whether it is a heart disease, cancer or a tumor, you should not receive news of a devastating disease from just one person. Many patients suffer from medical malpractice because they believe everything their doctor tells them to and goes along with any treatment they suggest. It isn’t to say that all medical professionals shouldn’t be trusted, they worked and trained hard to get to where they are at. However, you do have to remember that they are still capable of making mistakes just like any other worker.

A recent study suggests that medical malpractice may be the third leading cause of death in the nation. This could be even more frequent than death by gun shots or motor vehicle accidents. To confirm that what the doctor told you was true, one of the most important actions to take is to seek out a second opinion. Given the amount of doctors out there, you may have difficulty narrowing down your options, so consider asking the following people to help you in the right direction:

Are blood pressure medications being over-prescribed at hospitals?

There are many things it is important for doctors to avoid when it comes to medications. One is over-prescribing medications to patients. Patients being prescribed more drugs or more of a drug than they need could, in some circumstances, lead to harmful side effects. Being exposed to such harms can have major impacts on a patient’s life.

A recent study raises questions as to whether over-prescription of blood pressure medications is common at hospitals.

Diabetes flies under the radar during diagnosis

According to the American Heart Association's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, about eight million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes and are unaware of it. And type 1 diabetes typically remains undiagnosed until symptoms are severe or hospitalization is required.

Oftentimes, people experience symptoms and chalk them up to stress or drowsiness. There are circumstances where a healthcare provider either misdiagnoses or completely misses diabetes, but most of those situations involve people who seem "too young" for diabetes.

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