Like all doctors, psychiatrists—medical practitioners who specialize in mental illnesses—are held to certain standards of diagnosis, treatment, and care. If a psychiatrist violates his or her duty to patients, that psychiatrist may be charged with medical malpractice.
Standards of medical skill help protect both psychiatrists and patients, but when those standards are violated, psychiatric malpractice may have occurred. This blog discusses what psychiatric malpractice is and how to protect against it.
**This is not a legal blog and is not intended to incite anger or political vitriol. Sometimes certain events transcend everything else in life (including the legal profession), and we all just need to take a step back to think about what we are fighting for.**
Dear my baby Mia:
Today you turn 15 months old. The last 15 months have filled our lives with overwhelming love and happiness. Your mom and I watch your every move with pure joy. After we put you down to sleep each night, we talk about all of the funny and endearing things you did that day. You are the center of our lives, and you are the best thing that has ever happened to us. Every single day you inspire me to work hard so your mom and I can provide for you everything you need to be safe and happy in life. My promise to you is that we will do all we can to provide you with the tools you need to build a successful life for yourself and for those you love. I have no doubt that you will grow up to be an independent, intelligent, beautiful, loving woman, and I cannot wait to see how you leave your mark on the world.
Traveling for Business or Pleasure? Know the 4 Most Common Hotel-Related Injuries
Whether you travel for business or a family vacation, you’ll likely choose to stay in a hotel during your trip. Hotels are often considered places of luxury, comfort, and safety, so it makes sense that you’d choose these accommodations as temporary housing during your travels.
But if you sustain an injury while staying at a hotel, you have the legal right to seek restitution and financial compensation. Below, we’ve listed the four most common hotel-related injuries so you know if your situation qualifies for a personal injury claim.
In 2010, an ABC News story shocked America when it revealed that the average emergency room visitor had to wait over four hours to receive treatment. The absurd wait time was attributed to overcrowding in public hospitals.
Since that time, hospitals around the country have made extensive efforts to decrease their ER wait times. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the average patient waited just 30 minutes before treatment.
The improvement is laudable, but for some, a 30-minute wait is still too long. Unfortunately, emergency room malpractice occurs frequently, and legal action may be required to receive compensation for injuries caused by or exacerbated as a result of a long wait or an ER doctor’s negligence.
It is widely known that doctors and other medical professionals can make serious errors due to negligence. What is less known is how those errors permanently impact the victims of malpractice. These victims are forced to deal with the emotional and physical consequences of the injuries that doctors cause. Those effects commonly impact the rest of their lives.
Despite the life-changing outcomes, some malpractice victims don’t seek compensation. Many patients simply are not sure if medical malpractice occurred in their specific situation. People mistakenly believe that errors can just happen in a hospital, so no one is responsible for that. Other victims wait too long to consult a lawyer, and the statute of limitations expires. In Arizona, the statute of limitations on medical malpractice is two years from when the person knew or should have known of the injuries to put him/her on notice to investigate what caused the injuries. This deadline can often be confusing, as doctors may tell the patient that his/her outcome is expected and normal, when, in fact, it is not.
Placing your loved one in a nursing home is not an enviable task. Nursing homes are notorious for their poor, substandard care of their patients, and handing your family member over to inattentive caretakers is disconcerting, at best. Nursing homes know their reputation in the public eye; they know that decades of poor care has resulted in mistrust and skepticism. This view has spilled over into the courtrooms, where jurors have routinely held nursing homes accountable for the deaths and/or mistreatment of patients to the tune of millions of dollars for each grieving family member.
6 Signs That Your Loved One Needs a Better Nursing Home
According to the International Journal of Epidemiology, the elderly population ages 85 and above will increase by nearly 350 percent in America by 2050. This statistic holds dramatic implications for nursing home care throughout the country.
If your loved one already lives in a long-term care facility or nursing home, you may already know about the facility’s challenges. For one thing, many nursing homes are short staffed—a problem that will only grow in coming years. Unfortunately, staffing pressures sometimes lead to neglect and elder abuse in some cases.
Watch for the following warning signs at your local nursing home so you can safeguard your loved one from neglect or abuse.
On September 24, 2015, The Summer Ends music festival began its four day run at Tempe Beach Park. The festival was bringing huge musical names to the Valley, including Kanye West, Hozier, Jimmy Eat World, and other rock and punk rock bands. Concert promoters were expecting massive crowds to enjoy the event. Unfortunately, promoters and city officials failed to provide adequate security and water resources for the concert-goers. This resulted in serious injuries to 300 people, 16 of which were considered very serious and were transported to the hospital.
Plan Ahead to Protect Yourself and Your Baby from Birth Injuries
The months of pregnancy before your child’s birth bring excitement and anticipation. As a new parent, you look forward to welcoming a new baby into your life, and you want to do everything you can to prepare for his or her arrival. You research child care, baby-proof your home, and take extra precaution when you exercise and eat. You do these things to ensure the optimal health of your child.
However, even if you do everything you can to prepare for the birth and maintain your baby’s health, there are always risks involved with the birthing process. And while you hope for the best outcome for a happy, healthy baby, you also need to prepare in case of a medical emergency or negligence on the part of your doctor.
A doctor should act as a trusted confidant and assistant. At times, however, health care professionals make errors that result in permanent injuries or death.
To avoid these mishaps, communicate directly with your doctor. When you and your physician work together to discuss symptoms and treatments, you both help avoid potential medical malpractice. Read the suggestions below to see how you can improve your communication with your healthcare provider before, during, and after your checkup or procedure. For more information, click here.