The Right Approach to Medical Malpractice Cases

April 30, 2012 · Posted in Health · Comment 

Medical malpractice cases have some distinctive forms, based on which of the generally accepted standards of care was violated by the healthcare professional.

The types of cases fall into deficient diagnosis, poor treatment, and unnecessary injuries. We will describe these cases so that you will know them when you encounter them. It’s worth noting that one kind of malpractice case often turns into another, worse case as time goes on.

Although this is not a long list- just three types- it does encompass the greater part of all medical malpractice cases fought at trial in the United States. Other democracies around the globe fight similar abuses in the courts. This is a worldwide issue.

1. Mistaken Diagnosis

Most of the medical malpractice cases heard in courts (and settled out of court) are centered around false diagnosis of the patient’s condition. Incorrect diagnosis is the issue when the physician or nurse:

–Schedules an inadequate group of tests or orders too few tests

–Does not correctly interpret the results of tests that have been carried out

The end result of this medical negligence is that the patient has not been properly diagnosed for the true condition from which they are suffering. As you might guess, misdiagnosis is often the first misstep in a chain of errors that continues with the next type of medical malpractice cases.

2. Unsuitable Treatment

The next most common medical malpractice cases are regarding the improper treatment of a patient illness or injury. This is a natural follow-on from misdiagnosis, as it’s hard to treat the right illness or injury if the doctor starts with the wrong one. Improper treatment is considered the case when the doctor or healthcare professional:

–Stipulates medicines that will not help (and might harm) the patient

–Recommends treatment regimens that are unsuited to the patient’s illness or injury

Although this sounds bad, incorrect treatment usually does not blow up into full-on medical malpractice cases. More often than not, the incorrect treatment just does not do anything at all for the patient. When medical negligence is not the case, the doctor may be trying different treatments just to narrow the scope of treatment and rule out certain ailments.

If you suspect that you are the victim of improper treatment, then first discuss your concerns with your doctor. If you don’t get satisfaction, then consider talking to a medical malpractice lawyer.

3. Unjustifiable Injury

The least common of the great majority of medical malpractice cases concerns an unnecessary injury suffered at the hands of a physician’s treatment. It is naturally subsequent to the issues of incorrect diagnosis and unsuitable treatment, because it is much more likely to occur after experiencing one (or both) of those problems.

This can be hard to hear, but injuries to occur under regular, everyday medical treatment. The healthcare provider might not be liable for the damage if the provider:

–Executes their care according to the accepted standards

–Informs the patient about risks and issues of the recommended treatment option at the start

This is not meant protect doctors who do harm, but instead it considers that some mistakes or damage might be completely unavoidable no matter how much patience or how many precautions are taken.

If you think that a physician’s actions or advice have caused unnecessary injury to you due to medical negligence, then talk to other doctors about it first and foremost.

Remember that you also have a right to a second opinion from another qualified medical practitioner, if you so desire. Only then should you consider talking to a medical malpractice lawyer.

Find more straight answers on medical negligence at Jack Quincy’s site. Get the vital information you must have on medical malpractice cases before taking on healthcare providers in court.

Natural Remedies For Post-nasal Drip

January 29, 2012 · Posted in Health · Comment 

Post-nasal drip and rhinitis can be greatly relieved by using one or more of these natural treatments.

When mucus accumulates at the back of the throat and nose and/or drips down the back of the throat this is termed post-nasal drip. Post-nasal drip is commonly associated with rhinitis and can be caused by normal sinus drainage being inhibited, increased mucus production and thick mucus.

Thin mucus secretions can be increased due to the following;- allergic and non-allergic rhinitis, viral infections, hot spicy food, certain food types, changes in hormonal levels, drug side effects, abnormalitis within the nose (deviated nasal septum etc.), cold weather.

Decreasing the fluid content of the mucus usually thickens the secretions leading to the impression of increased mucus. The following may cause thickened secretions: low humidity, sinus or nasal infections, foreign bodies (especially if the drainage is from one side), environmental irritants (tobacco smoke, smog), structural problems (deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, enlarged adenoids), advanced age – mucus membrane lining the nose can shrink with age leading to a reduced volume of secretions that are thicker, hormonal problems, drug side-effects (antihistamines).

These proven natural remedies have helped many people improve their rhinitis and post nasal drip.

Avoid allergens and irritants – Whenever possible avoid allergens and irritants and minimise your exposure to them. For example avoid areas with a high pollen content and choose hardwood flooring instead of carpets.

Natural nose sprays – Natural nose sprays can be more effective than otc ones and SinuSoothe in particular is extremely effective. It is doctor recommended to treat sinus allergies, nasal spray addiction, sinus infections and rhinitis. It relieves inflammation, reduces histamine, kills infections and desensitizes the nasal passages to allergens. It relieves a runny nose, post-nasal drip, nasal congestion, sneezing, itching etc. and thins nasal secretions. It has no side effects and can be used on a regular basis.

Saline nose sprays – Sterimar can remove irritants and relieve sinus congestion. Isotonic and hypertonic solutions are available.

Nasal irrigation – A neti pot is used to irrigate the sinuses with either an isotonic or hypertonic solution. An isotonic solution has the same salt concentration as your body. A hypertonic solution has a higher salt content and may be more useful at drawing moisture and mucous from the sinuses. This may help reduce inflammation and relieve nasal congestion. It is a good practice for keeping your sinuses clean and removing irritants. It is completely safe provided you use the correct saline solution.

Anti-histamines (natural) – To avoid the side effects of otc anti-histamines natural ones such as butterbur are extremely effective at reducing the allergy response. There are others and many have been clinically proven to be effective.

Boost immunity – Vitamin C, B complex, garlic, zinc and a multi-vitamin and mineral can all assist the immune system and help it cope better with infections and allergies. Of course these should be used to supplement a healthy diet not replace it.

Anti-inflammatories (natural) – Omega oils, vitamin C, ginger and turmeric can be just as effective as otc natural anti-inflammatories but without the side effects. By reducing inflammation you will reduce the symptoms of many sinus conditions.

Nasal barrier gels – These can be applied to the inside of the nostrils to cach pollen.

As with all medical conditions you should consult your doctor before undertaking new treatments.

Julia Cooper Davidson is an expert in her field and is always glad to help. Should you wish to know more about nasal sprays or natural nasal sprays please feel free to visit her at SinuSoothe’s website.