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Family says providers negligent before and after birth of son

The medical care process is extremely dynamic, and while there is an accepted standard of care in place for most scenarios that clinicians will face, each patient case will present unique challenges. Patients in Providence rely on the expertise and experience of their doctors to make those split-second decisions regarding their care that will ultimately deliver successful outcomes. When that doesn’t happen, these patients are often left wondering what missteps may have happened along the way that created or contributed to the complications they experienced. If those missteps involved negligence on behalf of the doctors or other clinical staff charged with their care, then patients may be well within their rights to take legal action against them.

Family claims woman woke up in morgue after being pronounced dead

Most medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Providence that involve a misdiagnosis usually claim that such an error lead to a patient’s suffering or death. Yet what if the misdiagnosis is death? In all seriousness, there is a reason why a qualified medical professional is required in order to pronounce one dead. Yet these professionals are subject to error just like any other medical provider, and as outlandish as it may seem that they might mistakenly diagnose someone as being dead, there is a precedent for such cases.

Rampant prescribing of medications lands doctor in jail

The number of people in Providence and throughout the rest of the U.S. who’ve struggled with addiction to prescription drugs has grown steadily in recent years. This alarming trend is well-known by many, with some even arguing that patients and/or their family members have a moral responsibility to safeguard themselves and their loved ones from such abuse. Yet it can’t be overlooked that without a willing healthcare provider to prescribe the drugs, the abuse cannot happen. While a doctor’s priority should be to address the needs of his or her patients, he or she also should be able to spot situations of abuse. A failure to see such abuse, or worse yet, an indifference towards it, could certainly be classified as negligence.

Radiologist's error believed to have caused infant's death

The doctors who practice in Providence bring both a unique blend of education and experience to each case that they see. Patients hope that knowledge serves those doctors well in diagnosing the various maladies that they’re suffering from. While doctors aren’t immune to error, the standard of care is that they will make the best decisions regarding their patients’ care based upon the clinical evidence before them. If obvious signs of trouble in a patient are missed or overlooked, the question then becomes why the doctor failed to recognize it. Often, such failures lead to accusations of negligence.

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