Infant Brain Damage

Your doctor or midwife and the hospital staff are responsible for providing you with excellent care during your pregnancy and delivery and in the days immediately after your child is born. The best assurance that your baby will be born healthy is having competent medical care at this important time.

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Failure to Diagnose Cancer

It is a well-known fact that the key to becoming a cancer survivor rather than a cancer victim is early diagnosis and treatment. It is the responsibility of the primary care physician to ask appropriate probing questions and take serious any complaints that arise during an examination that might indicate the patient has an early form of cancer.

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Emergency Room Errors

Emergency rooms are chaotic places, so it is not surprising that they are all too frequently the site of tragic mistakes resulting in medical malpractice and wrongful death. Emergency room physicians have to make life and death judgments not only quickly, but accurately.

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Medical Malpractice

Medical and health care professionals have the duty to adhere to recognized medical protocols during patient treatment and care. If you were harmed by the negligent conduct of a doctor, nurse, hospital, health care specialist, practitioner or other health care attendant, you may seek compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages for your injuries and mistreatment.

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Bed Sores

Bed sores are also called pressure sores or decubitus ulcers. They are caused by continuous, unrelieved pressure on an area of the body. If the pressure is not relieved from time to time, the tissues will break down and a sore will form. These happen most often in patients who are confined to bed without changing their position. They can also occur in patients who must use wheelchairs and sit in the same position for hours without shifting their weight.

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Nursing Home Abuse

There are more than 36 million people over the age of 65 in the United States today. Many will require some type of assisted living, whether it is in the form of an assisted care facility, nursing home, or in-home nurse. According to some estimates, between 1 and 2 million Americans aged 65 or older have been abused.

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Sings That An Elderly Person is Being Abused or Neglected

If someone you care about is living in nursing home or assisted living facility in Phoenix or elsewhere in Arizona, it is a good idea to visit as often as possible. Sometimes elderly people who are being abused are afraid to say anything because of fear of reprisals. Others may be unable to articulate the problem, for example a person whose speech has been impaired by a stroke or who suffers from dementia.

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Sexual Abuse of the Elderly in Nursing Homes

As difficult as it may be to comprehend, sexual abuse is a very real danger to elderly people living in nursing homes in Phoenix and the surrounding area. The abusers may be nursing home staff, other residents, or visitors to the facility. Older sexual offenders who are not required to register because they were convicted before offender registration became the law are often admitted as residents of elder-care homes.

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Physical Abuse of Elders at the Hands of Caretakers

Age diminishes physical strength and for many elderly people their relative frailty puts them at a distinct disadvantage when those charged with their care engage in physical abuse. For some caregivers, abuse may be an unintended knee-jerk response of an overworked caretaker to frustration in dealing with a difficult patient

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Malnutrition in Nursing Homes

A study by the Commonwealth Foundation found that between 35 and 85 percent of U.S. nursing home residents are malnourished. At least a third of the nursing home residents in the United States and considerably more according to some studies, may suffer from malnutrition or dehydration, conditions that cause more medical problems or worsen existing ones.

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