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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.

What are the most common types of nursing home abuse?

When you check your loved one into a nursing home in Arizona, you trust that the doctors and staff will do their best to provide the ultimate care and protection. Unfortunately, in some cases this is not true. Nursing home abuse is a startling problem that seems to occur in every location and can happen to anyone. Being aware of the types of abuse can make it easier for you to spot it if it happens to someone you love.

 

Hypoxia and brain injuries

While brain injuries can often occur due to a severe blow to the head, such as in a vehicle crash or other accident, some people in Arizona experience damage to their brains because of a medical situation. When the flow of oxygen and therefore blood and nutrients to the brain is cut off, damage may occur. This is called hypoxia.

Hypoxia may be part of another situation that requires prompt medical attention or it may occur due to an actual error on the part of a health care professional. As explained by SpinalCord.com, brain cells begin to die within a mere 60 seconds of not receiving oxygen. The chance of permanent damage jumps greatly after three minutes. Within as little as 30 seconds, a patient may become unconscious.

Medical malpractice in Arizona

Have you or someone you loved ever felt concerned about the quality of health care you have received by an Arizona provider or facility? If so, you know how scary this experience can be. It is important for you to be proactive about your health and the quality of care you receive to maintain or achieve that health. From proper and timely diagnoses to appropriate treatment when needed and beyond, you deserve these things. When this does not happen, you may need to consider legal action.

The Arizona State Legislature Revised Statutes provides an overview of what your rights are in these situations. First, it is important that you know that the state of Arizona adheres to a two-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases. This means that you are only given a two-year window from the date that an injury or death occurs in order to initiate a lawsuit seeking compensation.

Do I need a second opinion?

Have you been told by a doctor in Arizona that you have cancer or some other serious condition? Have you sought medical attention for ongoing problems only to be told by a provider that there is nothing wrong with you or been given a treatment plan that is not making any difference in your symptoms or experiences? These are just some of the circumstances that can and do happen to Arizona residents that may signal now is a good time to get the input of another doctor.

According to WebMD, many people may be hesitant to get the opinion of another doctor in part because they are concerned about upsetting or offending the first doctor. However, respectable and responsible practitioners would not only not be offended but would support your effort in getting other input. They know that every doctor has a different approach and are open to hearing other ideas.