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Surgical errors can happen in many ways, from leaving sponges inside patients to accidentally cutting into the wrong organs. Depending on the significance of the error, the patient's life could be in danger.

While the most dangerous surgical errors are likely to be those called "never events," it's also a reality that simple mistakes, like cutting too deeply into a part of the body or nicking an artery, could lead to fatal complications.

Death of singer draws questions about medical care

There is always a risk of medical errors, no matter who you are. The widow of Chris Cornell is suing over his death. Cornell, best known as a member of the band Soundgarden, struggled with anxiety. He was also prone to addiction, according to his wife.

She claims that her husband's doctor overprescribed Ativan, an anti-anxiety medication, even though he was aware of his propensity toward addiction. The doctor also allegedly failed to tell the singer about the risks of using the drugs over an extended period. Some side effects can include thoughts of suicide.

A lack of evidence doesn't always mean you're not ill

Most people will deal with a misdiagnosis at one point or another during their lives. For example, someone who has blood work performed might end up diagnosed with anemia or another condition only to find out later that it was not an accurate test because they hadn't eaten or prepared properly.

These kinds of misdiagnoses happen fairly regularly, and they're a problem for a few reasons. In the above circumstance, a patient could end up taking iron supplements or getting injections. They're costly, and depending on the true levels of iron in the blood, they could actually harm the patient.

You deserve compensation for surgical errors

Surgical errors are truly unacceptable events. When a surgeon walks into a surgery, all of their focus has to be on the patient. Others working with them need to understand the job at hand and do everything they can to get the patient through the surgery successfully and without complications.

Unfortunately, many surgeries go wrong. These surgeries may cause patients to need further medical treatment. Some could lead to death due to complications.

The harm of overtreatment

When people feel under the weather, they go to the doctor's office. They expect to receive care, but one study has found that many doctors often give patients too much treatment. According to PLOS ONE, about 21 percent of all medical care is completely unnecessary.

Not only is this wasteful for hospitals that spend millions of dollars every year on treatments patients do not need, but it also can lead to direct harm to the patient. It is critical for all patients to remain active participants in their medical care and to know precisely why a doctor has recommended a particular medication or procedure. Remaining vocal can prevent medical negligence in the first place. 

Woman faces 20 years for drug user's overdose

A fatal overdose causes more than just a death. It leads to families suffering. People who sell drugs that lead to an overdose can also face charges for murder.

According to an Oct. 15 report, a judge in Franklin County ordered a woman to 20 years in prison after hearing about her role in a deadly overdose. The woman, 52, sold methamphetamine to a 24-year-old woman in August 2014. The young woman was a courier, not the intended purchaser. She'd collected the drugs for her then-boyfriend, but she was pulled over by a state trooper on the trip back to him in Rushville.

Why are there medical errors in emergency rooms?

When you go to the emergency room, it's under the impression that you are very ill or badly hurt. Most people wouldn't turn to the emergency room without good reason.

America's emergency rooms are in a state of chaos, many believe. The trouble is that long wait times, "boarding" and nonemergency visitors can lead to patients going without appropriate care. That means that some patients wait for hours in pain, while others are hurried through the ER without a proper diagnosis.

Misdiagnoses: Getting the right treatment matters for your health

Misdiagnoses often occur because of the similarities between illnesses. People who struggle with chest pain, for example, could have a heart problem, lung disease or even a back injury. It's up to a medical provider to narrow down the possibilities and determine the true cause of injuries or illnesses.

With a misdiagnosis, your doctor tells you that you have a certain illness, but the reality is that you do not. Instead, you have an illness that mimics the diagnosis but that may not respond to the same treatment. As a result, you could end up with an illness that has progressed significantly by the time the misdiagnosis is identified.

Does it really matter if you were Mirandized? Maybe not

Thanks to many crime shows and movies, many people in Hinesville believe they can avoid criminal convictions if the police do not read their Miranda rights during their arrests. The rights inform alleged offenders that their statements can become evidence against them, legal representation is available and they do not have to respond to interrogation during criminal investigations. These protections have been around for more than 50 years, but many people remain misinformed and confused if and when police Mirandize them. 

You might not have criminal charges pending against you, but many people find themselves accidentally detained or charged for crimes they did not commit. Here are some things for you to keep in mind to help you better understand the importance of knowing your Miranda Rights

Drug offenses can lead to decades in prison: Learn more

There are many strict laws regarding drug abuse and possession in Georgia. If you are caught with drugs, you could face serious fines and penalties. These penalties vary based on the type of drug you're discovered with and the potential for that drug to lead to abuse.

There are five schedules of drugs. These include Schedule I, II, III, IV and V. Possession of Schedule I or II drugs, which are typically illegal or narcotic in nature, can lead to up to 15 years in prison on a first offense. People generally face up to 30 years in prison for each subsequent offense, although there are much lower penalties available if the judge deems them appropriate.

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