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Physician burnout could lead to medical errors

It is no secret that practicing medicine is a demanding and challenging job. Due to the demands of their career and their workplace environment, many physicians across the United States experience a condition referred to as 'physician burnout.' This burnout often causes them to suffer from emotional and physical exhaustion and depression and leads them to detach from their patients. According to a recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, physician burnout can cause doctors to make medical errors that harm patients.

Medical Malpractice: Surgical errors

Surgical errors are a very serious matter. Many, many times they are the cause of serious injury or even death, and they happen all across the country. As with any medical malpractice claim, an injured party or the family of the deceased bears a large burden of proof in order to successfully gain compensation.

Medical Malpractice: failure to diagnose

Physicians are trained to operate under what is called a "differential diagnoses." This means that when a definite diagnosis is not known, a patient should be treated based on a descending list of probability. In other words, that physician should use his or her training to offer an educated opinion as to what the problem is, and treat it accordingly.

Surgical errors are a threat to patients' health and safety

The rare individual looks forward to checking into the hospital to have a surgical procedure, but every day many Californians muster up their courage and arrive at medical centers to have surgeries to improve their health. Surgeries, by their nature, are invasive and even when minor can cause patients to experience long recoveries and significant periods of healing. Unfortunately, not every surgery goes as it should, and some patients suffer more after them than they did before going under the knife.

May my child file a medical malpractice lawsuit?

Children have rights. In California and throughout the nation, children have the right to their basic needs, like education, medical care and to be safe in their own homes. Just as adults, children cannot be discriminated against based on their inclusion in protected classes and cannot have rights taken away from them without due process.

Medical, surgical errors are a threat to patient health

Doctors and nurses can provide ailing patients with the treatment they need to find relief from their medical problems and work toward healthy futures. Although it is normal for Californians to see their doctors for regular check-ups to make sure that they are physically sound, it is often very normal for individuals to seek the assistance of medical professionals when new and sometimes upsetting symptoms disrupt their well-being.

Your medical malpractice claim may be compensable

The power of medical science to heal the vast array of injuries and illnesses that befall Stockton residents is truly astounding. No longer do serious injuries mean that a person will be disabled for the rest of their life or that a person will perish from cancer simply because of such a diagnosis. Medical professionals can treat diseases and disorders effectively when they work within the standards of their professions and make patient care paramount in their daily practices.

How can medical professionals prevent post-surgical infections?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately one to three people out of every 100 who have surgery develop infections at the site where the surgical procedures took place. A Stockton resident may fear that they have a post-surgical infection if the site of their surgery is red and inflamed, producing discharge or if they have a fever. Post-surgical infections can introduce serious complications into the recovery period of a patient, but in some cases they may be preventable.

Proving liability in medical malpractice cases

Doctors spend years of their lives learning to provide medical care to individuals who suffer from health-related ailments. The rigorous course of study they complete and the assessments they must pass are designed to prepare California doctors to meet the needs of diverse patients and medical cases.

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