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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.

March is designated National Brain Injury Awareness Month

We have entered the month of March, which is National Brain Injury Awareness Month. The observance is dedicated to recognizing the plight of over five million Americans who are contending with the effects of traumatic brain injuries.

Women more likely to receive a wrong diagnosis for heart disease

Obviously, men and women differ biologically in many ways. And it would stand to reason that these differences would always be taken into account when a woman seeks a diagnosis for a medical condition. Yet, according to the results of research conducted by the American Heart Association, this is not always the case when it comes to examining women for possible heart attack symptoms.

According to a doctor, it has been known for 20 years that women are being underdiagnosed for heart disease. Moreover, another expert on the subject says that doctors often discount the kinds of symptoms that could indicate heart issues exhibited by women when in emergency rooms.

A child may exhibit a variety of symptoms after a brain injury

If your child suffers a serious blow to the head, which causes a traumatic brain injury, he or she may be forced to spend time away from school while recovering. And if the injury is truly severe, both you and the child may be facing many new challenges when he or she is cleared to return to class.

Attorney JoJene Mills addresses problem of hospital secrecy

Injuries caused by the negligence of hospital staff members can be particularly devastating. The fact is, if you were in the care of a hospital, it is almost certain that you were already suffering from some form of a malady, be it a physical injury or a medical condition. And additional harm caused by the hospital can make your condition that much worse.