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A recent poll shows that 70 percent of Americans do not feel the need to get a se-cond opinion on a diagnosis they have just received from their doctor or healthcare provider. However, the attorneys at Miami firm Hannon Legal Group know from their extensive experience in handling medical malpractice cases that getting a second opinion can have a huge impact on your healthcare.

Doctors do misread tests from time to time, especially when it comes to serious diseases like cancer and heart problems, and infections like sepsis. Getting a se-cond opinion can get you the treatment you need or keep you from having to un-dergo unnecessary procedures or surgery for a problem you don’t even have.

Yet many people are reluctant to seek a second opinion for fear of offending their doctor. They shouldn’t be. Most doctors encourage, even welcome, other opinions.

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Being injured by a doctor or hospital is a devastating experience and can be even more damaging if the other party is claiming to not be at fault for your injuries. Protecting your rights when it comes to doctor and hospital injuries is key if you want the opportunity to seek damages. The medical malpractice lawyers at Hannon Legal Group have represented many victims of medical malpractice.

Get Help From a Qualified Attorney

Getting help from a qualified medical malpractice attorney is the first step to protecting your rights. An attorney can educate you about the best options for dealing with the situation. Getting advice from an attorney can also prevent you from doing things that may hurt your case. Once the hospital learns that a mistake has occurred, the hospital will be prepared to respond via legal counsel. You should have an attorney on your side as well. A medical malpractice attorney can also help to prepare you for trial if the matter is to be brought into a court of law.

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As the number of patients that require dialysis treatments in the United States continues to grow due to complications from illnesses such as diabetes, the instances of dialysis treatment errors have also grown. Dialysis is a relatively safe procedure. However, errors can occur due to the negligence of the medical staff providing the treatment or faulty equipment. The medical malpractice attorneys at Hannon Legal Group have represented clients with dialysis treatment errors and are available to assist patients that have suffered injuries.

Causes of Dialysis Treatment Errors

Dialysis patients die or end up in the hospital every year due to hemorrhages that occur during treatment. These problems are often caused by line separations or needle dislodgement during care. In just thirty minutes, a patient can die. A loss of blood can quickly become life threatening, which is why patients need to be carefully monitored while receiving treatment.

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In the United States, Medical malpractice has resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 people every year. Therefore, the risk of injury should not be taken lightly. The medical malpractice attorneys at Hannon Legal Group have represented victims of medical malpractice in order to obtain compensation for their injuries. To avoid becoming yet another victim, there are some steps that patients can take to protect themselves.

Assess the Risk Before Surgery

Many surgical procedures that are performed are elective procedures, which means that the patient can decide whether he or she wants to undergo the procedure. Patients should treat every surgery as a serious matter and analyze whether or not the surgery will provide a significant benefit before saying yes. If it is likely that any possible benefits are significantly less than the risks, then it might be a good idea to avoid having the procedure done. Patients can work with their doctors to develop a cost-benefit analysis of the surgical procedure, as well as review the rates of medical errors, in order to determine if the procedure is worth the risk.

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According to the American Association for Justice (AAJ), preventable errors are the sixth biggest killer in America. This comes after heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease and unintentional injuries and accidents. Newer studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show those number are low and preventable errors could actually rank as the third largest killer.

The Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) seminal study of preventable medical errors estimated as many as 98,000 people die every year at a cost of $29 billion. According to Patient Safety America, a non-profit that educates the public about risks from hospital stays, believes preventable medical harm in hospitals contributes to the death of 440,000 U.S. patients each year.

The AAJ states that despite these numbers, the American public remains unaware of just how pervasive the problem is. Even though one in three Americans say that they or a family member has experienced a medical error, and one in five say that a medical error has caused either themselves or a family member serious health problems or death, surveys show that Americans vastly underestimate the extent of medical errors. About half of respondents believe the annual death total from medical errors to be 5,000 or less-nearly 20 times lower than the IOM’s estimate.

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The Florida Supreme Court recently reversed a 2003 law limiting damages in wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuits. Florida has now joined Georgia, Illinois and other states in finding caps on damages in medical malpractice cases to be unconstitutional and violating the equal-protection clause of the Florida Constitution.

Proponents of the tort reform law (mostly insurance companies) used misinformation and scare tactics and even misrepresented facts and statistics in 2003 to convince voters and our Legislature that frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits filed by greedy trial lawyers and the resulting jury verdicts were the reasons why healthcare costs were out of control. They even blamed the poor economy on these law suits and claimed that doctors would leave the state in droves if the damage caps were not passed.

The case that was before the Florida Supreme Court stemmed from a 2005 birth injury lawsuit involving a wrongful death at an Air Force medical clinic – Michelle Evette McCall et al v. United States of America.

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March 2-8 is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). This year’s theme is Navigate Your Health…Safely.

When someone is unnecessarily harmed by an entrusted healthcare provider, the effects can be devastating and life-altering. Victims of medical malpractice and their families’ often suffer long-term emotional, physical and financial consequences. Sadly, millions of patients suffer harm as a result of careless medical treatment and medical malpractice each year.

According to NPSF, experts estimate that up to one in every 10 diagnoses is wrong, delayed, or missed completely and that, collectively, diagnostic errors may account for 40,000-80,000 deaths per year in the U.S. In fact, a study by the Institute of Medicine estimated that as many as 98,000 patients die every year as a result of preventable medical errors. That would rank as the sixth leading cause of death in America if the Centers for Disease Control had a category for these errors.

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Patients who were admitted to hospitals hoping to get well often ended up getting sicker after picking up infections (eg. Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas) during their stay. According to a 2000 Chicago Tribune investigation, there were more than 100,000 deaths in the year that were linked to infections that the patient contracted in hospitals.

We all know that hospitals are a place for sick people and for germs. At great risk are those with suppressed immune systems, the elderly, infants and those requiring surgery.

While most bacteria are harmless, studies have shown that hospital rooms are crawling with new drug-resistant germs. Despite even the best housekeeping practices, harmful germs can still linger on items in a hospital room including on bedrails, bedside tables, sheets, sinks, cart handles, nurse call buttons, and more.

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Miami, Florida injury lawyers know that tort reform is not the answer to the problems we face in our healthcare system. Florida Tort reform is a widely debated topic that comes up every few years. Touted by many Republicans as one of the answers to the health care crisis, at least some conservative experts are rethinking this approach. Although Republican presidential candidates criticize “Obamacare” at every turn, they do not seem to have an answer of their own. Expert Henry Aaron told reporters that tort reform is not the solution to overall health care costs. He’s right.

As experienced Miami, Fl. medical malpractice attorneys, we understand that legitimate claims will always exist and the public needs knowledgeable attorneys to obtain justice for the victims of medical malpractice. Reforming the system to exclude legitimate claims serves neither the health care industry nor the citizens of this country. A solution to the health care crisis exists, but it does not include removing accountability from the equation. The tort system exists to help hold negligent corporations, professionals and individuals accountable for the harm they cause.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligent conduct of another, and you would like to speak with an experienced Miami medical malpractice lawyer, please contact us to speak to a lawyer at Hannon Legal Group, for a free consultation about your legal rights.

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TALLAHASSEE — Florida nurses organized a march to highlight the need for new legislation that would establish minimum staffing ratios for hospitals and give them whistle-blower protection.

A large group of registered nurses held a rally and marched near the Florida Capitol Wednesday in support of the introduction of what they call a patient protection bill.

The proposed bill would institute nurse-to-patient ratios for various types of hospital care. The nurses cite research in support of their contention that improving the ratios will save lives and be more cost effective than many alternative safety procedures.

The bill would also offer job protection for nurses who refuse certain assignments for safety patient reasons or file complaints against a hospital or clinic for violating patient safety.

The National Nurses Organizing Committee, an association and union sponsored the rally.

The Lawyers at our firm who regularly advocate for patient safety and against medical malpractice enthusiastically support these nurses in their attempt to make positive changes to a system that permits thousands of patients in the US to suffer injury or death each year as a result of preventable medical negligence.
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