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Issues related to walk-in clinics

A previous post here discussed how a young woman died shortly after being misdiagnosed at a walk-in clinic near a college campus. A jury later determined that the student's family was entitled to $9 million due to the clinic's medical malpractice. The tragic story raises questions about walk-in care clinics in general. On the one hand, they are great when a person needs a doctor, but a primary care physician is not available, such as when the need arises after hours or on a weekend. Moreover, these clinics also can treat many of the same medical issues that emergency rooms treat, but at a fraction of the cost.

Verdict illustrates importance of student medical care

The family of a young woman from another state was recently awarded $9 million after the woman's death, according to reports. At the time of her death, the woman was attending college. She went to the urgent care clinic complaining of shortness of breath and pain in her chest. However, because her symptoms seemed relatively mild, the doctor treating her sent her home with an antibiotic. The doctor did tell her to come back if the condition got worse.

Did medical workers fail to provide safe and quality care?

How many times have you been to see a doctor in the last five years? Chances are you have sought medical examination or treatment on multiple occasions. Each time, you logically expect that your doctor will be able to diagnose your condition or recommend a specialist who can if she or she is unable to do so. 

Whiplash can have a long-term impact

Victims of rear-end auto accidents frequently experience "whiplash," although the condition can develop because of other traumatic injuries. Whiplash is an injury to the neck that happens because the neck gets lashed rapidly back and forth, much like the cracking of a whip, as a result of a sudden and forceful blow.

Aspiration is often a preventable occurrence

The term "aspiration" refers to the act of a person accidentally swallowing reflux, saliva or the like. Normally, this is not a major ordeal and is rather common. Take, for example, a person who simply takes a swallow of water and it goes down "the wrong pipe." However, when a person is sick, elderly or in bad health, aspiration can have deadly results. For example, a person receiving food through a tube may be at risk for aspirating, as can anyone who is lying in bed for a prolonged period of time.

Woman dies in failure to yield accident

A woman from southwestern Missouri died recently in an accident at an intersection, according to reports. Police investigating the accident said that the woman, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved, flew out of her vehicle following the accident. While the condition of the driver of her vehicle was not listed, police did note that he was not wearing a seatbelt. Rescuers took the woman to a hospital in a nearby urban area, but the woman died about 90 minutes after the accident.

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