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3 Horrible Ways Medical Malpractice Can Impact Your Life

3 Horrible Ways Medical Malpractice Can Impact Your Life

Becoming a victim of medical malpractice can impact a person’s life in more ways than one. But when you are not sure if you or a loved one has become hurt, injured, or even killed as the result of medical malpractice, how can you keep an eye out for these crimes? Whether you are someone who works in the medical field or simply a patient, everyone should be held responsible for their actions, especially if such practices cause harm.

Take a look at how birth injuries, medication errors, and hypoxia are a just few ways medical malpractice can wrongfully impact your life, leaving you and your loved ones to deal with the most unfortunate of consequences.

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Medical Malpractice And Hospital Negligence

Birth Injuries

Medical malpractice can occur in several different scenarios, but one of the saddest and most impactful ways is if an infant is harmed during the birth process by way of birth injuries. Such injuries can happen to the child by way of unnecessarily rough handling, or directly to your baby’s brain – both of which could have lifelong effects.

In many cases of hospital negligence, the mother of a child could be injured too. For instance, the mother could be given too much medication, get misdiagnosed, or the healthcare providers could delay taking action until it’s too late. In both scenarios, the mother and her child could require a substantial amount of therapy, surgery, and long-term home care.

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Medication Errors

It’s broadly accepted throughout our society that if a prescription is given to you by a nurse, doctor, or pharmacist, you accept it. It’s not common knowledge to know the healthcare industry, so most patients don’t second-guess these trusted professionals.

However, while healthcare providers are striving to eliminate medication errors, it is still far too common and incredibly destructive, often causing permanent loss of bodily functions and even death. If you’ve fallen victim to a medication error, you still have the right to hold the appropriate parties responsible and take legal action.

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Hypoxia

Hypoxia is a condition where your body, or even a specific region of your body, is deprived of the appropriate amount of oxygen that is needed to supply the tissues with living cells. If treated properly, children becoming the victim of hospital negligence leading to hypoxia have the chance of making a full recovery.

However, if not treated, this could result in life-altering disabilities, such as brain damage and other mental and physical disabilities. If you believe you or a loved one has fallen victim to hospital negligence or medical malpractice, contact a personal injury attorney immediately to see how they can help guide you through this difficult time.

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Victim of Medical Malpractice

If you’ve become a victim of medical malpractice and hospital negligence, the best thing to do is to contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately. You may experience strong emotional feelings about going up against powerful institutions and providers with good intentions, however, you need to keep in mind that they are responsible for your unfortunate mishaps. This being said, they can provide much financial relief for any additional medical expenses that you are in need of.

Medical malpractice cases are never resolved overnight, however, the first step to climbing a mountain of legal processes is to take a firm standing at the foot of the mountain. Talk with your friends and family members to get their opinion of the situation and be sure to call the hospital or clinic so that they are aware of your situation. They should launch an internal investigation on the matter, but keep in mind that they are going to do their best to protect their own best interests.

If you are concerned about being a victim of medical malpractice, call an attorney immediately because you may only have a limited time to act. The statute of limitations for such cases, although they vary depending on the situation, is about two years.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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