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The problem with a mental health misdiagnosis

While a misdiagnosis of any type can be dangerous to your health, mistakes in the area of your mental health can have severe consequences. These errors can also be fairly common in Arizona, since your emotional and psychological state can be strongly affected by the events that happened during the day and how you felt about them. If you have been a victim of a mental health misdiagnosis and suffered these side effects, we at the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills can fight for your rights and ensure you are given the compensation you deserve.

According to Sovereign Health Group, one of the biggest problems with mistakes made during the diagnosis of mental health conditions is that your issues will not be resolved. Since most people wait till their issues are severe before visiting a doctor, you are likely at a point where you really need help. Many who are misdiagnosed and do not feel their symptoms improving will lose hope and feel like there is no help for them. 

Knowing your risk of hospital-acquired infections

Most doctors, nurses and other staffmembers in Arizona hospitals do their best to ensure that your health is the number one priority when you are a patient, but mistakes and negligence can lead to injuries, disease and even death. Hospital-acquired infections are more common than they should be and are often simply prevented by sufficient disinfecting and sterilizing. We at the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills have outlined the factors that can increase your chances of developing this type of infection.

According to Infection Control Today, there are three different categories of risk factors: iatrogenic, organizational and patient. Risk factors in the iatrogenic category covers actions that were made or should have been completed by health care professionals in order to reduce the spread of disease. This includes frequent handwashing and the use of antibiotics before certain procedures, such as intubation, urine catheterization and intravenous medicine administration. Failure to do these tasks can lead to a greater risk of infection.

Different types of brain injuries

When Arizona residents consider brain injuries, they may think about minor wounds such as concussions. However, brain injuries come in a variety of forms and may have different effects upon a person's brain.

People may incur a brain injury because of a lack of oxygen. Brainline.org says that this kind of wound is called hypoxia, and this can be incurred even if people still have some oxygen flowing to their brain. While the brain still recieves oxygen, it is usually not enough, and this can cause brain cells to die. Hematoma is another kind of brain injury. This is typically incurred if a blood vessel has been harmed, causing a bleed in a person's brain.

The 2 most common reasons patients sue doctors

If you are an Arizona resident who has ever questioned whether what your physician was telling you was the absolute truth, you are not alone. Despite their considerable training, medical professionals are not immune to error, but when lives are on the line, they have a duty to “do no harm” and do everything possible to give you an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. At the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills, PC, we have a firm understanding of the reasons patients often sue doctors and hospitals, and we have helped many victims of misdiagnoses and other medical errors seek recourse.

Nowadays, the single-most common reason patients sue doctors is because the medical professionals fail to properly diagnose a condition. Per Live Science, the problem is so prevalent that it is a factor in as many of 63 percent of medical malpractice claims across the United States, Canada, Australia and France. Furthermore, some conditions were more likely to go unseen by doctors and hospital staff than others. Among children, meningitis was the most commonly missed disease, while physicians were most likely to miss identifying cases of heart attacks and cancer among adults.

Why bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose

If you are struggling with a mental health concerns in Arizona, you may be surprised to find that many doctors do not correctly diagnose bipolar disorder. Receiving an incorrect diagnosis can lead to additional problems that can occur when you are not receiving proper treatment. We at the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills are here to help you fight for your rights if you have been incorrectly diagnosed and ensure that you receive the compensation and care that you deserve.

 

Reviewing other examples of hospital negligence

As a patient, or as the relative of someone who is being treated in a medical facility, you expect hospital staff to do their best to prevent things from going wrong. Sadly, hospital negligence occurs far too often and causes a variety of hardships for victims, from physical pain and mental trauma to injuries and even the loss of life. At the Law Office of JoJene Mills, P.C., we know how devastating these cases can be for entire families in Pima, and in cities throughout the state of Arizona. Moreover, we firmly believe that victims of hospital negligence deserve a voice.

Surgical errors, medication mistakes and many other examples of medical malpractice are widely known. However, there are other types of hospital negligence that may not always receive as much attention. For example, you may have been physically or sexually abused by hospital staff. Or, perhaps you slipped and fell down because someone failed to clean up a spill or address a slippery surface and the fall caused you to suffer an injury. Regardless of the reason why you have suffered, if hospital negligence has caused you to experience physical or financial distress, you should go over your options and take a stand for your rights.

Signs of nursing home abuse

If you have a loved one in an Arizona nursing home, it is very important that you watch closely for signs of abuse. Since elderly patients must rely on their caregivers and sometimes have limited contact with the outside world, it can be easy for abuse to go unnoticed. We at the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills are committed to making sure your loved one is protected. We have provided this guide to detail some of the signs of abuse that can be difficult to spot.

 

Malpractice and TBIs

From traffic collisions to falling objects, there are many reasons why people of all ages sustain traumatic brain injuries. Sadly, many of these injuries affect children in Pima, and across Arizona. For parents, it is vital to understand potential hazards their children may encounter, such as potentially dangerous playground equipment and playground accidents. Unfortunately, these injuries may occur regardless of how cautious parents and their children are. The Law Office of JoJene Mills also knows that in some cases, children suffer a brain injury at the hands of a negligent medical professional.

Brain injuries that occur in hospitals happen in various ways. For example, a child's brain may be injured during birth, or while his or her mother is pregnant because of a doctor's mistakes or inattentiveness. However, the brains of children, as well as adults, may be injured in many other ways in hospitals. For example, an error in the emergency room or during surgery may result in a TBI. Sometimes, a delayed diagnosis may also result in an injured brain.

The problem of cancer misdiagnosis

When you go to a doctor in Arizona for something as serious as cancer, you are putting full trust of your health and, in some cases, your life in that medical professional’s hands. Sometimes, those hands might not be as experienced, knowledgeable or careful as you expect them to be. This fact is evidenced by the many cases of cancer misdiagnosis that have occurred each year across the state and around the country. We at The Law Offices of Jojene E. Mills can help if you have been a victim of cancer misdiagnosis.

 

Can a hospital stay worsen your health?

As someone in need of medical care in Arizona, you are literally putting your life into the hands of the people working at your hospital. While these institutions and people work hard to help those in need, there are unfortunately some cases in which they might be doing more harm than good.

First of all, hospitals are obviously a hotbed of activity for illnesses. The Nursing School Hub lists ten prominent diseases that can frequently be found in hospitals, which includes everything from influenza to tuberculosis and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Unfortunately, people like you who need to visit hospitals often have compromised immune systems. This makes it easier for you to catch diseases or infections from bacterial or viral sources.