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December 2017 Archives

Is it your job to prevent a medication error?

The fact that you even have to consider preventing a medication error on your own indicates a real problem in the medical industry. You should be able to trust that the medical personnel (doctors, nurses and others) have your best interests in mind and will diligently work to make sure that an error of any kind doesn't happen.

Understanding common signs of medical malpractice

Doctors are required to complete extensive educational requirements and endure rigorous on-the-job training before they are qualified to deal independently with patients. As such, people in Indiana are inclined to place full trust in their health care provider's ability to give thorough analysis, quality treatment and attentive care when medical needs arise. However, there are plenty of situations where doctors are at risk of making critical errors due to a variety of reasons including poor communication, carelessness or fatigue. 

Deceased inmate's family blames his death on medical malpractice

When someone in Indiana is injured or seeking quality medical treatment, they often rely on the education, experience and vigilance of qualified health care professionals to provide effective care and assistance. Unfortunately, due to a variety of reasons including human error, side-stepping the rules and even fatigue, doctors can make mistakes which put their patients at risk of injury or death. 

Preventative steps to protect your baby during childbirth

If you are one of the many first-time parents in Indiana, chances are you have already begun thinking about what your baby will look like, if the baby is a boy or girl, what color you should paint the nursery and what kinds of activities he or she will enjoy as they get older. You have probably also started learning about the process of childbirth and what to expect when it is time for you to go to the hospital. At Garau Germano PC, we are familiar with the risks and complications that can sometimes arise when a baby is born.

Do you know the key elements of informed consent?

When you agree to undergo a medical procedure and end up with a poor outcome, you may find yourself thinking you would have never agreed to it had you know that your complications were a possible outcome. You may feel like your situation is an isolated one and struggling to deal with the aftermath. However, many people in the Indianapolis area find themselves facing similar circumstances. What originally seems like general consent for treatment often becomes evidence in medical malpractice claims. 

Care center accused of putting profits before patients

The healthcare system in Indianapolis extends far beyond clinics and hospitals. A patient's care may require long-term oversight, which could require a stay at a nursing home or skilled nursing facility. While the staffs at such facilities typically do not have the same level of training and expertise as those in hospitals, surgical centers or even outpatient clinics, they are caregivers nonetheless. That title charges them to devote the same level of commitment to patient care and safety as one would expect to receive at any other healthcare facility. A failure to deliver on that expectation may certainly be viewed as negligence.