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Signs of a concussion

Concussions are one of the most prevalant types of brain injuries. They can happen when someone is playing a sport or be the result of a car accident. Anytime a person is hit in the head or otherwise experiences trauma that shakes the brain, a concussion can occur. Knowing if a person has a concussion, though, is not a simple diagnosis. 

Healthline notes that signs and symptoms of a concussion may not always show up right away and could even take months to appear. There are also a large number of symptoms, which can be different from person to person. While one person may experience memory loss, confusion and double vision, another person may have a headache, slight dizziness and nausea. 

How common is medical misdiagnosis?

When you visit a doctor or specialist in Arizona, you have little choice other than to place your faith in the hands of the professional you have entrusted with diagnosing you. Because medical professionals are held to such high standards, and because they have to go through so much schooling to practice medicine, many people think that physicians are immune from making mistakes.

On the contrary, however, the Washington Post notes that medical misdiagnosis is quite common in America, with more than 20 percent of all patients seeking second opinions learning they do not, in fact, have the condition they thought they did. Not only that, but in more than 60 percent of all cases of misdiagnosis, patients learn that the condition they actually have is “distinctly different” from the one named during their initial diagnosis.

Why are children so difficult to diagnose?

When your child is sick, you trust your Arizona pediatrician to ask the right questions, run the right tests, and then come up with an effective treatment plan. However, in many cases, a parent's trust may be misplaced. According to PinnacleCare.com, one insurance company providing medical malpractice policies to pediatricians revealed that 61 percent of the claims against these doctors were for a wrong diagnosis.

Pediatricians face unique difficulties that other doctors may not encounter. For example, your child may not be able to tell the doctor what is wrong. Instead, you provide a list of symptoms, and you may not know, for example, whether your child is lethargic because of fatigue, shortness of breath, a headache or some other issue that an older child would be able to describe. Another challenge your child's doctor faces is the similarity in symptoms across many vastly different conditions. For example, flu-like symptoms could be a sign of lyme disease. If your child has a hard time paying attention, it could be one symptom of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but it is also a common sign of a sleep disorder.

Understanding Arizona's medical malpractice laws

Understanding Arizona's medical malpractice laws

At the Law Office of JoJene Mills, P.C., in Tucson, Arizona, we understand that medical malpractice is a serious public health issue. That is why our mission is to hold doctors and other health care professionals accountable for medical negligence that results in injury to or the death of their patients.

Nursing home abuse and traumatic brain injuries

At the Law Office of Jojene E. Mills, P.C., we are on a crusade against elder abuse in California. We know that both you and your elderly loved one hate having to make the decision that he or she must go into a nursing home to receive the care they need.

Not only is this one of the most difficult decisions your family ever has to make, you are further devastated if and when you learn that your loved one is suffering or has suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of those into whose care he or she was entrusted.

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.