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When you head to the doctor to get a prescription for your medication, you expect that medical experts will make you better, not worse. Unfortunately, while most patients get the right medication in the right doses, medical mistakes in Hollywood and Florida occur every year, and some of these involve serious situations where a patient is injured or even killed because they have been given the wrong medication or the wrong dose.

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If you have suffered a complication or injury because of a medical error, you deserve answers. If you would like to speak to a legal professional about your situation, you can always contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation.

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Heart attacks and heart disease are the leading cause of fatalities in this country, with about 2,500 people, on average, dying of these problems every day. Even though this problem is so common, it is also often misdiagnosed, which increases fatalities. If you have gone to the emergency room or doctor with chest pains or other symptoms of heart disease, misdiagnosis can prove fatal.

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If you have suffered injury or have lost a loved one due to heart attack misdiagnosis in Hollywood or South Florida, contact Flaxman Law Group. You may have a legal claim that lets you seek compensation for the losses and damages you have suffered. You deserve answers and we can offer a consultation so that you can ask questions.

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A birth should be a joyous time, but unfortunately for some parents in Hollywood and other Florida communities, it becomes a time of questions and upset due to complications in the delivery room or during birth. In some cases, incidents with labor, pregnancy, or delivery lead to medical malpractice claims in Hollywood or other cities.

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If you want to reduce the risk of injuries to yourself and your unborn child, there are several things you can do:

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When you head to a hospital, you expect to get medical help so that you can get better. Unfortunately for many patients, emergency room malpractice in Hollywood as well as other forms of negligence can lead to hospital caused injury, infection, and complications. If you need to visit a hospital, you will want to take these precautions to prevent injury:

1) Check hospital scores.

The Leapfrog Group has released its ratings of Florida hospitals and 24 facilities in the South Florida area have gotten an “A” grade for infection prevention and safety. 44 hospitals in the region were grades and only one got a “D” ranking, while 14 got a “B” and 5 were awarded a “C.” The hospitals were graded for safety, accident and injury prevention, and prevention of infection. The last Leapfrog Group report, in the Spring, gave only 22 area hospitals an “A” grade, so the rankings are good news for South Florida. While hospital scores do not ensure a good experience for patients, they can help patients make informed decisions about where to seek medical help.

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Patients visit doctors, hospitals, and clinics to get better. Florida is lucky to be known for cutting-edge medical research as well as excellent hospitals and health care providers. In fact, people from all over the world visit the state in order to get medical treatment. While many health care settings are careful to provide the best possible care for patients, however, some medical care providers and negligent and reckless with patient health. When this happens, medical negligence lawsuits in Hollywood and other Florida communities will sometimes occur.

What Happens When Patients Are Injured Due to Medical Negligence

When a patient injury or child injury in Hollywood or another city occurs due to medical negligence, a big part of the problem is that in many cases patients may not even be aware of the fact that their negative medical outcome was caused by recklessness. Doctors and health care providers do not generally announce that they have made a mistake and do not admit that a negative outcome was preventable. In some cases, patients find out about possible negligence by accident or because the negligence was obvious.

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In the aviation industry, briefs and checklist are often used to prevent airplane crashes and errors in Hollywood and other communities. The healthcare system in Hollywood is now using a similar method in six area hospitals to improve patient safety and to prevent surgical errors.

As part of a new system introduced in 2008, Hollywood’s Memorial Healthcare System uses what it calls “crew resource management” in operating rooms to prevent surgical errors and improve patient experiences. The management involves using checklists, debriefings, briefings, communication scripts, and structured handoffs as part of surgeries. At first, doctors and surgeons were worried that the “crew resource management” system would make each surgery and procedure longer, but the system has actually been shown to save time. One important way that the system saves time, for example, is ensuring that less equipment is forgotten for surgeries, which means that staff don’t have to leave and reenter the sterile environment of the surgical room to retrieve these times.

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Summertime can be a busy time for hospitals and emergency rooms. There tend to be more car accidents in Hollywood and other communities, especially during long weekends and holidays. Since children are home for the summer, there are also more child injuries and swimming pool injuries in Hollywood and surrounding communities. Summertime activities can also mean a higher risk of burn injuries and fireworks injuries during this time of the year.

Unfortunately, an influx of patients can overwhelm health care workers and can create situations where injury and medical malpractice claims can occur. To prevent this, you will want to:

1) Prevent injury where possible.

The best way to avoid a medical malpractice claim in Hollywood or a negative medical experience in your community is to stay out of hospitals and emergency rooms in the first place. Even though most emergency departments are staffed by caring professionals, they are still high-stress environments where misdiagnosis and error can occur. Be proactive with your health and use common sense to avoid injury in the first place.

2) If you need to visit a doctor, visit the right facility.

Does your injury require a visit to a clinic, your regular general practitioner, a specialist, or an emergency room? Going to the right person can help you avoid delays with treatment and can ensure a better outcome.

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