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Can I sue over a prescribed medication error?

Every day, people all around the U.S. pick up prescription medication at their local pharmacies. They trust that these prescriptions are filled with the correct dosage of the right medicine. But what happens when that is not the case?

Prescription error and fault are two of the most common mistakes made in general practices and hospitals. Prescription error refers to a mistake made due to outside circumstances such as bad handwriting, system issues and mixing up sound-alike drugs. Prescription fault means the error is the doctor’s mistake, such as prescribing too high of a dosage or the wrong drug entirely.

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After going issue-by-issue reviewing news from Michigan's legal world in 2019, we narrowed the list to 10 topics in chronological order by publication date. It was a tough decision as there were many worthy happenings, but these stood out.

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Protect yourself when you receive medical care

Medical errors can harm patients considerably. If you are going to be hospitalized or need medical care for any reason, you should know the basic ways that you can keep yourself protected from these errors. These methods give you the opportunity to try to catch issues before they occur, and to address any if they do take place.

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in this country. They account for more than 250,000 deaths each year. This is one of the primary reasons that anyone who is having medical care should ensure they are receiving appropriate care.

Physicians getting burnt as electronic records are coming in hot

Converting to digital medical records was supposed to make your care safer and more efficient. But according to a new study, it may be sending things in the opposite direction.

A strong correlation between hard-to-use electronic health records (EHR) and physician burnout has been made in a recent study. The findings reveal that software that might be handling your medical charts is contributing to heightened rates of exhaustion for doctors, which could lead to medical errors and malpractice.

Systemic changes can help stop sexual violence against children

As a parent, one of your primary drives in life is to keep your child safe from harm. But every year, sexual abuse happens, in some form, to 120 million children around the world. It happens to one in 10 girls before they reach adulthood. They may be victims of rape, incest, inappropriate touching or child pornography.

The statistics don’t discriminate based on where you come from or how much money you have. It’s a problem everywhere. And for too long, this pervasive issue has been quietly swept under the rug – or not discussed at all.

Can a hospital remove life support against a family’s wishes?

Medical professionals dedicate their entire lives to helping others live long and stay healthy. Unfortunately, being directly responsible for the health of community members sometimes means having to make incredibly difficult decisions.

When patients are put on life support, families and doctors hope the patient will recover and no longer need assistance breathing or functioning. However, what happens when family members and a health care provider disagree on the best treatment for a patient?

Keep yourself protected when seeking medical care

Individuals who seek care from doctors must ensure that they are taking steps to enhance their safety. Even though it is the medical professionals' duty to keep patients safe, taking these extra steps might be enough to prevent you from having to deal with gross medical issues caused by malpractice or negligence.

There are several things that you must remember as you are doing your due diligence to stay safe at the doctor's office. You can also use these tips at the hospital and anywhere else you might receive medical care.

How to find a good emergency room in Michigan

The hospital where you receive treatment matters. If you’re facing a life-threatening emergency, you may think you lose the right to choose which hospital you go to. You may assume the paramedics are required to take you to whichever hospital is nearest.

That’s not necessarily the case. You’re allowed to tell the paramedics where to take you. Provided that they can take you there safely, and the hospital isn’t outside of any of their mandated zones, you can go to the hospital of your choosing.

At compounding pharmacies, drug safety is no guarantee

As consumers in the American healthcare system, we trust our medical providers to keep us from harm. We also – perhaps less consciously – depend on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that the drugs we receive are safe. When you pick up a prescription from the pharmacy, the process that went into creating that drug probably doesn’t even cross your mind.

However, not all drug manufacturing facilities are created equal. While many drug manufacturers are subject to strict federal regulation, others – known as compounding pharmacies – fly under the radar. Such facilities have created a public health concern for Americans.

Mistreatment with anesthesia can be hard to recover from

Doctors use anesthesia to help make your operation — and recovery — as painless as possible. But a mistake in administering anesthesia can result in added pain and recovery time for you.

Here are three common anesthesia errors that can cause problems for patients:

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