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What are the implications of medical misdiagnosis?

Medical misdiagnosis is one type of malpractice that affects people throughout Montana and across the United States. When you go into an outpatient clinic or the emergency room, you expect to be treated and given a diagnosis by medical professionals. However, there may be a time when you are given the wrong diagnosis or are not given a diagnosis at all. Not only can this lead to further problems as the undiagnosed condition worsens, but you may experience significant effects from the treatment you are taking for the wrong diagnosed condition.

How dangerous is transvaginal mesh?

If you are a Montana woman who suffered a pelvic organ prolapse after giving birth to one of your children or because you are genetically predisposed to this condition, you likely underwent surgery to correct it. Your surgeon probably implanted transvaginal mesh as part of the procedure. Even though (s)he surely informed you of his or her intentions ahead of time and you gave your signed informed consent, that does not mean that this mesh was safe or will remain so.

Nursing home neglect and traumatic brain injuries

At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colton in Montana, we know how difficult it is when you must make the decision to place your aging parent in a nursing home. Even though (s)he needs the care that the facility provides and that you cannot provide yourself, you nevertheless worry that the staff may neglect or even abuse him or her.

3 common anesthesia errors

Patients across Montana are placed under anesthesia every day, but when it is happening to you or someone you love, it can be downright scary. Administering anesthesia is an extremely careful process, and if your anesthesiologist does not do it properly, serious repercussions can result. At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colston, we understand that devastating consequences often accompany anesthesia errors, and we have helped many clients who suffered harm because of anesthesia-related mistakes seek appropriate recourse.

Health conditions doctors commonly misdiagnose

When you visit your Montana doctor, you probably have faith that the things he or she tells you about your condition are accurate and true. Regrettably, however, doctors are not immune to error, and some medical conditions are misdiagnosed at far higher rates than others. At the Law Firm of Edmiston & Colston, we understand the hardships that arise when patients receive the wrong diagnosis, or a delayed diagnosis, and we have helped many who suffered because of physician errors seek appropriate recourse.

Are hip replacements safe?

If you are one of the many Montana residents who underwent a hip replacement because one of your real hips “gave out,” you may be at risk for complications that could cause you extreme pain or even death. A recent New York Times article reported on an orthopedic surgeon who asked for an artificial hip in 2006. By 2011, after suffering excruciating pain, he requested additional surgery to replace it.

Why waking up during surgery can be traumatic

Surgery can be a frightening experience for many people in Montana. Not only do individuals fear the pain that comes with being operated on, but the sight of the body being opened up can be shocking. Qualified surgeons will properly anesthetize you depending on the needs of the surgery, even inducing temporary unconsciousness so that you do not feel pain or witness the surgery as it occurs. If the anesthesia is improperly administered, however, you may end up waking up sooner than you should.

Is patient dumping illegal?

It has been in the news recently--the concern over patient dumping due to recent occurrences in Baltimore. You may wonder if something like that has happened in Montana. You may also wonder if it is as huge of a problem as the media has made it out to be. Do healthcare facilities really just discharge patients and leave them on their own when they know they have mental health issues or no place to go? Is this practice illegal?

What risks are associated with hip replacement?

As you age, your body begins to wear out. Depending on things like activities you've done, work habits, genetics and other factors, certain parts of your body may wear quicker than others. One common area is the hips. It is normal for people in Montana to need a hip replacement as they age because this joint has a lot of wear and tear. 

The truth about the perception of plastic surgery risks

Many people in Montana view plastic surgery as a simple process to change their looks. However, the reality is that it is actual surgery. Some procedures may not be as evasive as others, but the bottom line is mistakes and complications can happen. 

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