When you visit a Montana physician's office or go to a hospital, either seeking medical diagnosis or treatment, a series of events typically unfolds that involves a team of licensed professionals. You may interact with numerous staff members, from a front desk receptionist to nurses, doctors or even lab technicians. In each instance, you have the right to reasonably expect that the health care provider will act in accordance with state laws and accepted safety standards of the industry. Sadly, medical negligence often causes personal injury to patients.
In Montana and throughout the United States, many people reside full-time in nursing homes. A majority of residents are elderly, while some have perhaps never fully recovered from car accident injuries or other adverse health situations, thus prompting a need for assisted-living care. Regardless of exact events that lead a person to transition to nursing home residence, every patient currently residing in such facilities deserves high quality care. In short, there is no excuse for medical negligence.
When people are looking for a new doctor in Montana, they often spend considerable time looking at their options and visiting with potential health care providers. They may peruse reviews online to get an idea of how past and current patients feel about the medical attention they received. However, guaranteeing qualified and reliable health care does not stop there. Patients must make an active effort to protect their own safety by doing their part to form a strong relationship with their doctor.
When you visit your Montana doctor and that physician diagnoses you with a serious medical condition, it may serve you well to seek a second opinion before panicking. At Edmiston & Colton Law Firm, we have seen firsthand the hardships and complications that can arise when patients receive inaccurate or incomplete medical diagnoses, and we have helped many people whose conditions worsened due to medical misdiagnosis pursue legal solutions that meet their needs.
Montana residents of all ages and stages of health might end up facing the need for a surgery for a variety of reasons. Whether part of a treatment regimen for a disease, reconstruction after an accident, the choice for personal reasons or something else, patients need to trust in the care of their surgical teams. The reality always remains, however, that errors can and do happen during surgeries. In some cases, these errors leave patients with long-term complications. Other patients die due to surgical errors.
When you are preparing for a procedure at your Montana doctor, you may have been told that you will be put under anesthesia for your overall comfort while your procedure is being completed. While this medical practice can be highly beneficial for you and your ability to be treated with minimal stress or trauma, it is also important that you be aware of errors that can happen when anesthesia is administered. At Edmiston & Colton, we are committed to providing people with information about the dangers of medical malpractice.
Car accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence on the Montana roadways. So much so that it almost beggars belief that doctors would be unfamiliar enough with the potential injuries resulting from an automobile crash that they would make a misdiagnosis or a surgical error that led to a worsened medical condition for an accident sufferer.
In this day and age of advanced technology, people can receive healthcare at the touch of a button. In addition to having prescriptions electronically transferred to the pharmacy, patients can see a doctor through their laptop without even receiving a physical checkup. Although all of these electronic services may be convenient for patients, it comes at a price. While healthcare technology was designed to reduce medical errors and minimize mistakes, they come with their own issues.
When people are feeling unwell and have decided to go visit their medical provider in Montana, they often expect to walk away with an answer. At the very least, an idea of what could be causing their symptoms. However, there are times when because of misinformation or even negligence, a patient may not receive a correct diagnosis until a later time. Depending on the severity of their health issue and how much time lapses before a correct diagnosis is made, their well-being could hang in the balance of life or death.
When you or a loved one spend time in a Montana hospital or another type of medical facility, you probably assume that the medical provider has adequate staff in place and can therefore offer the level of care you expect and deserve. Regrettably, however, this is often not the case, and hospitals and other medical facilities across the nation frequently lack adequate staff. At the Edmiston & Colton Law Firm, we recognize that there is a clear link between understaffing and negligent care, and we have helped many people who suffered injury or illness due to understaffing or negligence pursue appropriate recourse.