Here are some helpful tips to prevent yourself from being injured by a misdiagnosis.
Multilevel surgery on the lumbar spine has become more common in recent years. Patients should be aware of the risk of postoperative vision loss (POVL) associated with these long spinal surgeries.
According to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy more than 7,000 deaths and countless injuries occur every year as a result of prescription error.
“Inpatient or Outpatient? the Battle to Control Costs,” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/26/10 by Michael Vitez) is an excellent critique on how health insurance companies act as the invisible hand behind health care decisions of doctors in the hospital setting.
While a bump on the head might not seem like much, a concussion can be a dangerous and serious injury. A concussion occurs after a head injury when the brain moves inside the skull and spinal fluid. When the brain hits the side of the skull, the result can be bruising of the brain, tearing of blood vessels, and injury to the nerves.
In Pennsylvania, in order to begin a successful medical malpractice claim, the court requires that a ‘certificate of merit’ be filed. A certificate of merit is a document from a medical professional which states that the medical care received by the plaintiff was unacceptable.
In a recent article, run in the Wall Street Journal, titled “Taking Medical Jargon Out of Doctors’ Visits,” writer Laura Landro investigates the relationship between some medical patient’s decline in health and his or her inability to comprehend certain medical terminology. In line with this premise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that “Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty following routine medical advice, largely because it’s often incomprehensible to average people.”
In 2003, Congress enacted the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, which established the rights a patient has to their Protected Health Information (PHI), or medical records. In accordance with this act, you hold the right to request a copy of your medical records from your personal healthcare provider. Looking over a copy of your medical records could help you and your doctor to have a mutual understanding of your medical history, thereby reducing the chance of any potential medical mistakes.