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Medical errors the nation’s third-most-common cause of death

When you feel unwell and are not sure why, you probably schedule a visit with your Washington doctor so he or she can determine the problem and tell you how you can fix it. Regrettably, though, today’s doctors and physicians are not immune to making mistakes, and there are numerous areas in which they can potentially make errors. At Elk & Elk, we recognize that some doctor errors can mean the difference between you fully recovering and potentially losing your life, and we also recognize that doctor errors have become alarmingly common across the United States.

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Suffering through the trauma of a birth injury can be a challenge for both the baby and parents. Families expect to welcome healthy babies into their world, but the negligence of medical professionals can put both a child's and mother's life at risk during labor.

The role of electronic medical records in medical malpractice

Advanced technology has infiltrated nearly all areas of daily life, including health care practices. New technology has made it possible for physicians to share medical records, transmit prescriptions and record notes regarding patients’ history, allergies, adverse reactions, conditions and treatments. Just like other types of technology, however, glitches and mistakes can occur. Yet, when mistakes occur with health care records, peoples’ lives are put on the line.

Recognizing a misdiagnosis before it is too late

Doctors in Washington uphold the responsibility of helping their patients to manage unwanted symptoms, maintain their health and regain optimal well-being when they are unwell. One of the ways that they do this is by making diagnoses based on a patient's symptoms and medical history. A delayed diagnosis, an incorrect diagnosis or ignored symptoms can have a detrimental effect on a patient's health and long-term quality of life. 

A patient's role in preventing a medical misdiagnosis

People rely on their doctors every day in Washington to help them in making qualified decisions about their health that will enable them to overcome unwanted symptoms and maintain a healthy well-being. However, when a doctor sees dozens of patients each day, each with varying medical histories and symptoms, it is not unlikely that misdiagnosis could occur. While health care providers are encouraged to implement practices that will enable them to make a thorough diagnosis, patients can also be advocates for their own well-being to prevent the chances of being misdiagnosed. 

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