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Doctors may avoid malpractice histories by leaving the state

If doctors are to heal us, they must have our trust. Many patients prefer doctors who have been with them for years because they have put in the time and effort to earn this trust, perhaps by comforting them in some of life's most trying moments.

How often do surgical errors known as 'never events' occur?

You may be lucky enough to go through your entire life without the need for a surgical procedure. On the other hand, you may be like many other people who must prepare to undergo a surgery at some point. Either way, it is important to learn about the things that could go wrong inside a surgical suite just in case you do have to go under a surgeon's scalpel.

The importance of knowing expected post-surgical healing time

If you go in for surgery, one of the first questions you will likely ask after you get to the recovery room is how long full recovery is going to take. Beyond that, when can you go back to work? When will the pain subside? When can you get back into activities like running or swimming?

What are signs of post-surgical internal bleeding?

Errors made during surgery can lead to a lot of different complications, one of the most dangerous of which is internal bleeding. It can be potentially life-threatening, but many people have never experienced it before. They may not realize what is happening as quickly as they would with another type of issue.

Lack of communication can lead to serious surgical errors

During surgery, communication is critical. Many people are involved in the process from beginning to end, from the patient to the support staff to the surgeon. One little mistake as information gets passed through this chain can lead to serious and even fatal errors.

The operating room is full of distractions

The last thing you wan, during surgery is for your surgeon to get distracted. As with driving, distraction leads to avoidable errors and accidents. You need that surgeon to be completely focused on the task at hand, whether it's minor surgery or something major, like the removal of a brain tumor.

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

View Article “I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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