A patient in need of medical care places tremendous trust in the abilities of medical professionals. If that trust is violated, patients may be left with a more serious problem. When an Arizona patient suffers harm from suspected medical malpractice, proving a claim can be difficult.
In 2009, Congress provided funding to speed up the switch to electronic medical records. It was believed that this format allows patients greater access to their records while reducing the possibility of medical malpractice. However, as many Arizona patients have likely discovered, accessing a complete record of their own health care is often problematic.
A trip to a hospital emergency room is already fraught with fears. One of the last things on a patient's mind may be concerns over whether the staff will fail to provide proper care. Unfortunately, if a medical center fails to follow proper procedures, any Arizona patient could become a victim of medical malpractice.
The realization that a loved one requires full-time nursing care is often difficult one for families. They typically look for a nursing home that can provide the care and supervision their loved one requires. Sadly, when these facilities fail to meet their obligations, Arizona families may have recourse to file a medical malpractice claim in an effort to seek justice for their loved one.
Due to the narrowness of a baby's passage into the world, injuries during the birth process are not uncommon, especially for those who are born at an advanced gestational age and a substantial weight. However, most injuries to newborns are preventable. It is, therefore, not surprising that a significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits that go through civil courts in Arizona and other states involve birth injuries.
No one looks forward to going to the dentist, no matter how old they may be. However, regular dental care is an integral component to a child's future overall health. Sadly, one Arizona family lost their beloved 2-year-old son in what they allege is an example of medical malpractice.
The relationship between patient and medical provider is intensely personal and requires both trust and professionalism. When that trust is violated in an egregious manner, the patient runs the risk of facing physical injury and a future mistrust of the medical profession. Arizona residents who have suffered harm may seek a remedy through a medical malpractice suit.
In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court made an interpretation of the Federal Tort Claims Act that effectively prevents anyone from suing the military over physical harm or death that occurs incidental to military service. The Feres Doctrine prevents those who have suffered harm from medical malpractice from holding the military responsible for mistakes or wrongful actions. It is unclear how many Arizona residents may have suffered harm for which they are unable to seek justice.
The decision to place an elderly or unwell loved one in a nursing care facility is seldom an easy one. The selection is usually made after diligent research to choose the facility that will best meet the needs of the resident. Unfortunately, in spite of the care taken to find the best placement, Arizona residents may make the troubling discovery that their loved ones fell victim to nursing home neglect or abuse.
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy undertaking. Sadly, in spite of the time a family puts into researching a suitable placement, they may not be able to protect their family member from every possible danger. Arizona residents who are concerned that a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice or other harm are entitled to seek the best remedy for their family member.