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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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Medication is meant to make patients better, but unfortunately medical malpractice in Miami and other Florida cities as well as medication error can conspire to cause accidental overdoses, dangerous drug interactions, and allergic reactions. In some cases, drug manufacturers are to blame for releasing dangerous drugs to Miami and Florida patients. In many cases, medication problems are preventable and could be prevented if we could:

1) Ensure better information distribution.

Many patients are overwhelmed with information. They may not be given much information about a new medication from a doctor but may be given pages of technical drug information from the pharmacy. Some of the information may be difficult to understand and some may be contradictory. Some information is issued by drug manufacturers and some by pharmacies, which means it may contradict itself or be written in technical language that is difficult to understand.

2) Create better communication between patients, doctors, and pharmacies.

Sometimes, pharmacy negligence cases in Miami and other Florida communities occur because there is a breakdown in communication. Doctors may misinterpret information that patients give them, resulting in misdiagnosis and other issues. In some Miami area hospitals and clinics, patient care is in the hands of many medical experts and there may be miscommunication between individuals or even incorrect information entered into a patient’s chart. Sometimes, the pharmacy cannot read a doctor’s prescription or a doctor enters incorrect information into a prescription. Clearer and more transparent communication between all parties could reduce instances of medication error and misdiagnosis.

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