At some point in our lives nearly all of us are going to face challenges to our health. We are lucky enough to live in a country, and a state, where healthcare knowledge and technologies have advanced to the point that many medical conditions can be adequately treated and, in many cases, cured. However, when it comes to serious illnesses and conditions, early diagnosis is key. Although medical professionals have the ability to catch these potentially deadly conditions quick enough to save patients, all too often they make fatal mistakes.
We tend to trust nursing homes. So much so, that we often choose to give them the responsibility of providing vital care to our elderly loved ones. Yet, as was discussed in last week's blog, sometimes these institutions provide nothing more than a nightmare. Under staffing, lack of training, failure to properly monitor and medication errors are just a handful of the numerous ways that nursing home residents can be put at risk of harm. Nursing home abuse, too, can arise in our state's nursing homes.
In an attempt to ensure resident safety, Florida has imposed significant regulations on nursing homes. They also keep track of which facilities are abiding by the rules and those that are not, therefore putting innocent residents at risk of harm. Following which nursing homes are safe and which are not can be an effective way of determining where you or your elderly loved one should reside.
We spend a lot of time on this blog discussing situations where individuals are hurt by inappropriate and inadequate medical care and how a medical malpractice lawsuit may help those victims recover the compensation they need to further their recovery. When looking at the big picture, these matters may seem pretty simple. Show that a Florida doctor acted wrongly, and the person who was hurt is awarded money. Though this simplification is not necessarily wrong, the details of a legal lawsuit are actually much more nuanced.
There are a lot of very serious medical conditions out there that can suddenly present themselves to unsuspecting Floridians. It may sound scary, but those who are proactive about their health may be able to curtail certain diseases. On the other hand, with so many illnesses in the world, it may be difficult even for a medical professional to accurately diagnose your condition. Sometimes, this is expected, as even new medical technologies have their limitations. Other times, however, a failure to diagnose can be caused by doctor error. If this happens, you could wind up with a worsened condition that could threaten your well-being and your life.