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Finding the courage to hold a negligent doctor accountable

From a patient’s perspective, medical errors and negligence can be terrifying. Patients are subjected to numerous forms of medical professional negligence, and far too many doctors have gotten off of the hook. Often, victims are afraid to stand up for their rights because they believe that their case will be rejected and that they are powerless. However, many people have been able to secure the benefits they deserve by speaking out after suffering due to medical malpractice.

Medical errors due to doctor burnout

Many New Mexico residents have suffered misdiagnoses, botched surgery and even the death of loved ones due to medical errors. In several instances, the gross negligence of medical practitioners was identified as the reason for this. However, according to a CBS News report, doctor burnout is now one of the key factors putting patients at risk.

Do the benefits of an epidural outweigh the risks?

Epidural is the common form of pain relief during labor, according to the American Pregnancy Association. More than 50 percent of women who give birth in American hospitals use this type of anesthesia to help mask the pain of labor and delivery. Though epidurals are common, they are not risk-free. If you plan to request an epidural when you go into labor in New Mexico, it is important that you understand both the benefits and risks of getting one.

Congress seeks to lower maternal death rate with new law

Many people in New Mexico may believe that the United States is one of the safest places to give birth. However, research shows this is simply not true. In fact, according to USA TODAY, complications in childbirth kill around 700 women each year, and about 50,000 more suffer serious harm. About half of those who die from complications could have been saved if their doctors had taken proper care to diagnose and treat those complications.

'Defensive medicine' leads to huge rise in cardiology malpractice

Have you heard of the term "defensive medicine"? It is used to describe when doctors make treatment decisions not based on what is necessarily in the patient's best interests, but instead in effort to protect the doctor from potential medical malpractice claims.

Inexperienced physicians and mistakes

In a medical setting, mistakes happen for all sorts of reasons and even the most caring medical professionals may make an error. However, these mistakes can be incredibly disastrous for patients who are harmed and make life very tough for their families also. There are times when a physician may be even more likely to make an error, such as someone who does not have very much experience. Whether someone is performing a surgical operation that they do not have much familiarity with or a doctor simply has not worked with many patients in their brief career, inexperience can increase the probability of devastating errors.

Why should you bring someone with you to a doctor's appointment?

When you are planning to visit your doctor in New Mexico, chances are you have previously done your research to find a health care provider that you trust and are comfortable working with. However, this does not adequately protect you from the mistakes that can sometimes happen when a doctor sees multiple patients each day or is fatigued or has received miscommunication. Fortunately, one of the ways that you can better protect yourself is to have someone you know and trust accompany you to your doctor's appointment. 

Failure to obtain informed consent is a crime

As a patient in New Mexico, the choice to receive a particular medical treatment is entirely in your hands. Doctors are required by law to advise you about the procedure, its benefits and any anticipated side effects. This is called informed consent. At Curtis and Lucero, we represent clients who have not received the information they need to make a knowledgeable decision from their doctor.

Study looks to find correlations between doctor burnout and error

When people in New Mexico head to their doctor in search of solutions for discomforting symptoms, they rely heavily on their health care provider's ability to provide high quality and thorough care. Unfortunately, doctors can make mistakes at times which can leave patients fighting for their life or suffering diminished quality of life. Experts suggest that patients be an active advocate for their own health and wellbeing by going to their doctor prepared to ask questions and receive answers. 

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