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Can asking the right questions reduce the risk of doctor error?


People in Montana rely on their doctors to make accurate diagnoses, give sound medical advice and treat their ailments competently and professionally. When a physician recommends a test, a course of treatment or a surgical procedure, most people will accept the physician's advice. But sometimes asking the right questions can help a patient decide if the treatment or procedure is really right for them, and whether their doctor is qualified to administer or perform it.

Hospitals that foster a safety culture reduce medical mistakes


In last week's post we discussed the alarming number of medical malpractice incidents in the United States, and some of the reasons malpractice occurs. This week we will take a look at how hospitals can reduce the risk of surgical error by promoting a culture of safety within the organization.

Survey reports leading causes of medical malpractice


Medical malpractice occurs at an alarming rate in the United States. Montana residents may be interested to learn that most doctors will be sued at least once during their careers. A recent survey of physicians showed that 80 percent of respondents over the age of 60 had been named in a malpractice lawsuit.

Does workers' compensation cover repetitive stress?


Many people in Montana think of workers' compensation claims in terms of on-the-job accidents involving workers in construction or heavy industry. The system does indeed provide important benefits for those workers. But, workers' compensation benefits can also be recovered for injuries that take months or even years to develop. And, many of the workers who are eligible to recover these benefits spend their working days in an office, specifically working at a keyboard.

Proving damages is critical in severe brain injury cases


A serious traumatic brain injury is one of the most life-changing events possible. A severe brain injury can affect multiple areas of the body. It can leave a person unable to speak or control their muscles. It can cause serious cognitive difficulties, mental disability and emotional problems. Montana residents who have suffered such an injury often require lifelong medical care and rehabilitation.

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