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What constitutes medical malpractice?

A few years ago my son had to go in for surgery after he broke his leg playing football. I hated to see it happen, but those are the risks that you take when you play a high contact sport like that. My son was in crutches for almost two months. Right after the surgery, he developed a serious infection on his leg. His swelling was super intense. We had to go back to the hospital to have it treated. The doctor treating the infection said that it might be possible that he developed this infection while receiving his first surgery with a different doctor.

I decided to reach out to the doctor and explain the situation. I wanted to see if we could talk about it, and maybe see if he would cover the expenses. I was met with a stonewall of silence from both the doctor and hospital. They refused to speak to me about the situation, and I was furious. First, the doctor put my son in danger, then wouldn’t address his own mistake.

I didn’t think suing the doctor would work, because it would be a lot of he-said-she-said, and the doctor knew more about what was going on. Plus I didn’t have any definitive proof. I wasn’t even looking to get a ton of money. I just wanted them to pay for the treatment of the resulting skin infection.

Thankfully, I hired a lawyer who was able to get me a settlement through the use of expert witness testimony. Lawyers who sue doctors over medical malpractice rely heavily on the testimony of expert witnesses. These are doctors or medical professionals that have been in the field for at least three years and know the ins and outs of my son’s situation. The expert witnesses were able to speak about the surgery my son received. They were also able to talk about the resulting infection. 

I also learned throughout the process that the doctor refusing to speak to me is fairly typical. Medical malpractice lawsuits are on the rise in the United States. Because of this, most doctors at this point are trained to never admit when they’ve made a mistake. They may also take steps to try and cover up a mistake. This is because some mistakes can end up costing them hundreds of thousands in damages. I’m not saying that the doctor was right to ignore me. I just understand why he chose to do so more now. Hopefully, I’ll never be in that situation again. 

I learned more about this process by doing a Google search recently and found this helpful information from the medical malpractice attorneys at Glover Law Firm.

 

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The Potential Dangers of Xarelto

Xarelto, also referred to by its generic name, Rivaroxaban, is a fairly new anticoagulant or blood thinning drug that helps reduce the risk of blood clotting in a number of medical conditions and scenario. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the drug was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the year 2011 for the use hip replacement patients to reduce the chance of their developing a common blood clotting complication called deep vein thrombosis. Since then, the drug has also been approved for plenty of other uses like preventing strokes and pulmonary embolisms.

The use of Xarelto has proven to be an effective way to prevent the threat of blood clots. It has been so particularly helpful for millions of patients that its manufacturers Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have generated billions of dollars in sales revenue. However, despite the drug’s popularity, there have also been reports pointing to dangers and side effects that could potentially be harmful to patients. In fact, there have been several reports of the drug causing fatal conditions on a number of patients.

Xarelto can cause a number of unwanted consequences. Some of the most alarming side effects include the following:

  • Unexpected and uncontrollable bleeding
  • Urine and stool discoloration
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Allergic reactions
  • Severe headaches, fatigue, and dizziness
  • Pain, swelling, and drainage in wound sites (following surgery)
  • Liver failure
  • Brain hemorrhage

This is particularly alarming because patients taking the drug are looking to reduce their risk of serious medical conditions. They might not be aware that the drug can also be causing unforeseen effects that could cause more irreparable harm to their health. Patients experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms should contact their physicians and seek immediate medical attention.

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