Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Can prescription medications cause birth injuries?

Modern medicine is an amazing thing, and these days there are countless prescription medications that can be applied to all sorts of maladies. When a woman is pregnant, it is important that anything she consumes is safe for her and her developing baby. This is true not just for food and drinks, but also for medications. If a mother in Indianapolis takes a valid, legally prescribed drug while pregnant, and the drug harms her developing baby, the mother may want to pursue a lawsuit for birth injuries (med mal).

In order to prevail on such a claim, certain elements must be proven. First, it must be shown that the woman used the medication while pregnant. Second, the mother must have obtained and used the medication via a valid prescription from a health care provider. Third, it must be shown that the birth injury would generally not be present due to other factors, such as disease or heredity. Fourth, it must be known that the medication at issue could cause birth defects. Finally, it must be shown that the medication at issue did cause the birth injury.

Burnout can lead to instances of medical malpractice, study says

Employee burnout -- the grinding, continuous stress, cynicism and exhaustion that one might experience in their job -- is not limited to any one industry. However, when medical professionals in Indiana and nationwide experience burnout at work, it affects more than just them and their employer. It can also affect the safety of patients in their care.

One study out of Stanford University exemplifies just how significant burnout is in the medical industry, and how it can lead to acts of medical malpractice. The study surveyed around 7,000 doctors across the nation. A startling 55 percent of respondents reported experiencing burnout, and 10 percent of those reported that they committed at least one significant medical mistake over the past three months. In fact, the results revealed that burnout was a factor in the tripling of medical mistakes made.

Mental health concerns for ICU patients

What happens during a hospital stay cannot only have impacts on a person’s physical health, it can also have implications related to mental health. Take, for instance, the mental health concerns that arise in connection to care at intensive care units. ICU patients can face risks of delirium, a state of confusion.

Delirium can lead to ICU patients facing lingering mental problems. Some patients never experience a full recovery from such problems.

Surgery is not supposed to make things worse

When you entrust your health to a licensed Indiana surgeon, you have the right to reasonably expect that he or she and all other care providers who are tending to your needs will act according to the highest level of accepted safety standards. In short, while there may be risks associated with a particular surgical procedure, you should have reason to hope that such care is going to help your health improve.  

Sadly, many fatalities occur in hospital settings, including those caused by surgical negligence. As you prepare for surgery, you can expect your surgeon to discuss the procedure, including informing you of all known risks involved. If you suffer a post-operative condition that is common but that no one told you was a possibility, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. You can be proactive by researching common surgical errors ahead of time and by knowing how to protect your rights

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