Category: Medical Negligence

Signs and Symptoms of Improper Detoxification
12 jun
Signs and Symptoms of Improper Detoxification

All detoxification processes involve some withdrawal symptoms, but the withdrawal signs can and should be managed and monitored for the comfort and safety of the patient. The symptoms vary by the type of drug the person used. Alcohol Withdrawal from alcohol can cause the patient to experience: Headaches Tremors Profuse sweating Vomiting and diarrhea Difficulty

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How Many Patients Die in Treatment Centers from Alcohol Detoxification?
12 jun
How Many Patients Die in Treatment Centers from Alcohol Detoxification?

It is difficult to track how many patients die in treatment centers during alcohol detoxification in the United States. We do, however, know there are thousands of treatment facilities nationwide that serve those hoping to break their dependence on drugs or alcohol. This number includes the treatment centers where more than 3,300 people died during

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Can I Sue for Malpractice If My Loved One Dies from Withdrawal or Detoxification in a Treatment Center?
12 jun
Can I Sue for Malpractice If My Loved One Dies from Withdrawal or Detoxification in a Treatment Center?

Yes, you can sue for malpractice if your loved one dies from withdrawal or detoxification in a treatment center. Treatment center care providers must monitor patients’ withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. If a patient experiences complications, they may need medication, additional medical support, or emergency care. In some cases, pre-existing mental, emotional, or physical health care

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What Happens to Your Body When You Detox from Opioids?
03 jun
What Happens to Your Body When You Detox from Opioids?

When an opioid drug user goes cold turkey or drastically reduces the amount of the substance they use, their body begins to detoxify. This usually leads to symptoms known as withdrawal. Withdrawal can be serious or even deadly without careful observation, but it is necessary if drug users want to overcome their addiction. Detox should

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What Are the Numbers of Patients Dying in Drug Addiction Treatment Centers?
03 jun
What Are the Numbers of Patients Dying in Drug Addiction Treatment Centers?

Almost 3,400 patients died in U.S. drug addiction treatment centers in 2015. Many of these deaths were preventable if the staff at the centers had taken the right steps to adequately evaluate the patient’s condition and ensure they received the emergency medical care they needed. While the theories on why treatment center staff failed to

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How Long Can Withdrawal Symptoms Following Detoxification from Opioids Last?
03 jun
How Long Can Withdrawal Symptoms Following Detoxification from Opioids Last?

While many factors can affect how long a person will suffer from symptoms following opioid detoxification and withdrawal, physical symptoms generally begin eight to 24 hours after last use. It is imperative that opioid users have adequate monitoring for complications beginning a few hours after last use until their most intense physical symptoms diminish. This

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Can You Die from Alcohol Poisoning?
03 jun
Can You Die from Alcohol Poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning – sometimes called alcohol overdose – can be deadly. Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, a person who has too much alcohol in their system can experience a myriad of issues as body functions slow, and can lead to serious problems with vital functions including breathing, heart rate, and body temperature regulation. In most cases,

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Can Opioid Withdrawal Cause Death?
03 jun
Can Opioid Withdrawal Cause Death?

Serious complications can and do occur during opioid detox and withdrawal. Even doctors, nurses, and other care providers often underestimate the dangers of these complications and fail to monitor them adequately because of it. In some cases, opioid withdrawal can cause death. Most deaths related to opioid withdrawal complications may be preventable, as long as

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What Are the Number of Deaths Due to Improper Alcohol Detoxification?
03 jun
What Are the Number of Deaths Due to Improper Alcohol Detoxification?

Alcohol detoxification is the process of removing alcohol from someone’s body. For people who are heavy drinkers, alcohol detox can be life-threatening. They can experience serious alcohol withdrawal symptoms, so it is dangerous for someone to try to detox alone. It is difficult to find an exact number of deaths due to improper alcohol detoxification.

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How Many Patients Die in Treatment Centers from Opioid Detoxification?
03 jun
How Many Patients Die in Treatment Centers from Opioid Detoxification?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported 3,362 deaths from alcohol or drug addiction treatment centers in 2015. More than 1.4 million people sought help through inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment programs that year. It is abundantly clear that patients can die in treatment centers from opioid detoxification. Why Patients May Die in

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Can Improperly Detoxing From Alcohol Kill You?
03 jun
Can Improperly Detoxing From Alcohol Kill You?

According to Psychology Today, improperly detoxing from alcohol may kill you. Improperly detoxing from anything could kill you. Alcohol withdrawal is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Symptoms can develop within a few hours or a few days after a person stops drinking. The safest method of detoxing from alcohol for people who are long-term,

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How Improperly Detoxing Can Kill You
03 jun
How Improperly Detoxing Can Kill You

Improperly detoxing can cause death in several ways, including cardiac and pulmonary complications, dehydration, seizures, and trouble regulating blood sugar and body temperature. When someone has a physical dependence on a drug, stopping the drug suddenly leads to a set of symptoms known as withdrawal. This occurs as the body detoxes from the drug and

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How Do You Know If You Have Alcohol Poisoning?
03 jun
How Do You Know If You Have Alcohol Poisoning?

If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of alcohol poisoning, it is imperative you recognize the symptoms and act right away. Severe impairment, confusion, vomiting, and other symptoms may be evident before you lose consciousness, or you may identify them in a friend who has been drinking. If you were binge drinking, drinking

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How Dangerous Is Alcohol Withdrawal?
03 jun
How Dangerous Is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Many people do not view quitting the regular, long-term use of alcohol as difficult or deadly as quitting other addictive drugs cold turkey, but it can be just as deadly — or even more so in some cases. It is important that all patients and their

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Why Is There an Opioid Epidemic and When Did It Start?
05 apr
Why Is There an Opioid Epidemic and When Did It Start?

The term opioid refers to a group of drugs that includes prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, morphine, and codeine, and illegal drugs, such as heroin and fentanyl. Besides the ability to effectively numb pain, all opioids have something else in common—they are highly addictive. Even responsible individuals with no history of drug abuse are at

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What Happens If You Don’t Die From an Opioid Overdose?
05 apr
What Happens If You Don’t Die From an Opioid Overdose?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 46 people die each day as a result of prescription opioid overdose, accounting for 35 percent of all opioid-related deaths in 2017. But what about those who survive? What happens if you don’t die from an opioid overdose? According to a study published in JAMA

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Opioid Overdose Death Rates
05 apr
Opioid Overdose Death Rates

Opioid overdose death rates have skyrocketed in recent years. Between 1999 and 2017, nearly 400,000 people died from an opioid-related overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illegally manufactured fentanyl was responsible for the majority of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids between 2016 and 2017. Addictions to drugs such as illegal

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What Are the Long-Term Effects of Opioid Abuse?
05 apr
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Opioid Abuse?

When used properly, prescription opioids can treat ailments such as severe pain, coughing, and diarrhea. When these drugs are misused, however, the ramifications can be life-changing. The long-term effects of opioid abuse include addiction, damage to many of the body’s critical systems, and—in severe cases—death. Opioid Abuse and Addiction The continued misuse of opioids can

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If You File A Lawsuit Against A Doctor For A Birth Injury What Can You Expect?
29 mar
If You File A Lawsuit Against A Doctor For A Birth Injury What Can You Expect?

If your child was injured during or shortly after childbirth, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit for a birth injury. A lawyer from Newsome Melton can sit down with you and look at the circumstances of your child’s injury, then let you know if you have a strong case and how you

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How Long Can You Wait After Birth Injury To Sue?
29 mar
How Long Can You Wait After Birth Injury To Sue?

You should file a lawsuit as quickly as possible after a birth injury because you do have a limited time to do so. The clock begins ticking when the injury occurs. If you wait too long, you will not be able to file for medical malpractice. The statute of limitations establishes how long you can

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Do Patients Of ‘Locked-In Syndrome’ Have A Sense Of Touch?
28 mar
Do Patients Of ‘Locked-In Syndrome’ Have A Sense Of Touch?

Some patients with locked-in syndrome retain a sense of touch despite their global paralysis and inability to communicate verbally. Others, however, lose all sensory function in their torso and lower body. In incomplete injuries, patients may experience sensory losses on only half their body or otherwise retain only a partial sense of touch. When a

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When Are Doctors Responsible for an Opioid Overdose?
04 mar
When Are Doctors Responsible for an Opioid Overdose?

It is unlikely that a reasonable physician would deliberately or intentionally play a role in an opioid overdose. Doctors and other healthcare professionals must protect their patients from harm. Many take this responsibility seriously. However, medical negligence is a factor in certain cases. Opioid overdose victims or their family members could be entitled to compensation

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Is an Opioid Overdose Death Due to Medical Malpractice Considered Murder?
04 mar
Is an Opioid Overdose Death Due to Medical Malpractice Considered Murder?

More than 130 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that at least 40 percent of these fatalities are from prescribed opioids, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. In response to these alarming statistics, many states have imposed

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Are Doctors Allowed to Prescribe Opioids to Treat Pain Without Facing Legal Sanctions?
04 mar
Are Doctors Allowed to Prescribe Opioids to Treat Pain Without Facing Legal Sanctions?

Doctors in many states must now follow new guidelines when prescribing opioids for pain relief. Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee are among a growing number of states that are tightening standards on prescriptions for oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and other well-known opioids. New Regulations for Prescribing Opioids The new laws vary from state to state. In

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How Functional Can You Be With An Incomplete Form of Locked-In Syndrome?
26 feb
How Functional Can You Be With An Incomplete Form of Locked-In Syndrome?

You cannot be physically functional with an incomplete form of locked-in syndrome. Most locked-in syndrome patients never regain mobility in their face, speech, or other body movements. However, there have been rare cases where an individual improves if the underlying cause is treated. For example, shrinking a tumor that caused the disorder could increase functionality.Cognitively,

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