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Keep an eye out for these commonly misdiagnosed conditions

No one wants to spend their life worrying about their health and if they'll face a serious ailment in the future. Even so, you're the only person who knows how you feel, so it's your responsibility to obtain care when you need it.

When seeking medical assistance, do so with the idea of finding a reputable doctor with the experience and knowledge to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment strategy.

Here are the steps to take after a dog bite

Even if you enjoy being around dogs, never lose sight of the fact that these animals can attack. If a dog attacks you, it's important that you take the right steps without delay.

Here are five things you should immediately do:

  • Get to safety: You should get away from the dog as quickly as possible, as you don't want a single bite to turn into something much more serious. No matter what it takes, move to safety so you can better assess your situation.
  • Receive medical care: Even if you don't believe that you have a serious injury, it's better to be safe than sorry. For example, some dogs are not vaccinated against rabies, meaning you could end up with this serious disease if you don't receive treatment.
  • Exchange information: Just the same as a car accident, collect information from the dog's owner. This includes their contact information and anything they know about the dog, such as its vaccination history. If you're unable to do so after the attack, do your best to follow up as soon as possible.
  • Talk to witnesses: When possible, collect contact information for anyone who witnessed the attack. Statements from them will come in handy if you file a lawsuit or insurance claim in the future.
  • File a report with animal control: This goes a long way in holding the dog's owner responsible. It can also prevent the dog from attacking someone else in the future, thus saving them the pain and suffering that you're going through.

Seeking compensation for dog bite injuries in Michigan

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 20 percent of people who are bitten by dogs require medical attention. Unfortunately, children are more likely to be bitten than are adults, and they tend to suffer greater injury from the bites. Any dog can bite under the right circumstances, but larger dogs tend to cause greater injury.

Dog bites can not only cause pain and temporary injury but also the possibility of long-term damage. Nerve damage, for example, is relatively common after dog bites. The injuries are often to the face or hands, which can be emotionally traumatic, disfiguring or even disabling. Dog bite victims, especially children, often need physical and emotional therapy and rehabilitation.

How a delayed diagnosis impacts the health of a patient

Most patients put a lot of trust in their doctors. After all, medical professionals have an extensive education that enables them to provide diagnostic assistance and treatment for a wide range of illnesses and injuries. Diagnosis is one of the most important functions that a doctor performs for their patients.

Much of medical school training has to do with the process of making a diagnosis. Unfortunately for patients, some doctors fail in this critical task.

You may not feel potentially deadly injuries after a car accident

Surviving a car accident without injuries is a great blessing, especially considering how horrific such injuries can be. Unfortunately, too may people assume that they are injury-free after a car accident simply because they don't feel any pain and don't see visible indications that any part of their body is broken or damaged.

If victims of car accidents assume that everything is fine because they don't feel significant pain afterwards, they put themselves in serious danger. Delayed pain injuries, which you may not feel at first, can still result in debilitating pain and even long-term damage that lowers your quality of life or possibly kills you. Don't make a bad day worse by avoiding proper medical care after an accident -- it may be the last serious mistake you ever make.

Reducing distractions prevents car accidents

Car accidents happen for many reasons, but one of the most common is distracted driving. Distracted driving comes in a variety of forms including texting and driving, driving with distracting passengers, eating behind the wheel, talking on the phone while driving and others.

Each kind of distraction has its own issues. For example, texting and driving takes your mind and eyes off the road as well as your hands off the wheel. Talking on the phone takes you mind off the road and could take your hands off the wheel.

Michigan is the second worst state for nursing home abuse

Michigan ranks second on a list of states with the most instances of nursing home abuse. This fact should serve as a great motivator for everyone in our state to watch out for nursing home abuse and take action as soon as they discover it.

A national study revealed 134 emergency room cases from 2015 to 2016 in which nursing homes required urgent care for neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse. Seventeen of these incidents happened in Illinois and 13 happened in Michigan.

Medical malpractice is a major concern among patients

If your loved one suffers an injury or if you feel you've been mistreated while under the care of a medical provider, you're not alone. Thousands of people go through situations in which medical malpractice takes place every year. Errors are made, negligence happens and patients are put at risk.

When you go to the doctor, you expect him or her to do everything in one's power to make you well. Whether you're ailing from broken bones or cancer, you hope that the treatments received will do their jobs and help you feel more like yourself again. With the appropriate standard of care, you should remain as comfortable as possible while receiving appropriate medical treatment. 

Texting and driving just don't mix

Imagine driving down the street. You're focused on the road, but you notice an odd movement out of the corner of your eye. There, you see a vehicle traveling quickly.

In fact, you realize that the vehicle is going so fast that there is no way it will avoid you. You slam on your brakes, but you can't stop in time to avoid the other driver's mistake. You end up in a collision moments later and in the hospital shortly after that. 

Trump administration scales back penalties for elder abuse

As is the case with so many of our laws, the Elder Justice Act (EJA) of 2010 was designed to protect people from harm. Drafted in response to the growing number of elder abuse cases across the nation, the EJA gave the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the ability to levy hefty fines against nursing home facilities found guilty of violating health and safety rules.

Sadly, a reversal made by the Trump administration recently has a lot of people wondering about the future safety of many nursing home residents. That's because the Administration is "scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury," states a CNN Money article

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