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1. What is Breach of Duty?
What that means is that in the context of medical malpractice that your doctors owe you the responsibility of providing you care that meets the standard within the community under the same and similar circumstances of your medical condition. If that care isn’t given then that’s a breach of that responsibility.
2. What is Causation?
Many people want to know what the causation aspect of a case is. You have to have not only substandard care but that substandard care in and of itself doesn’t cause damages. Causation means that the substandard care, the mistake, also results in damages physical and emotional to you as a victim of medical malpractice.
3. What is Coumadin?
Coumadin or Warfarin is an anticoagulant. It keeps your blood from clotting and there are many reasons for a patient to receive Coumadin. For example, if you have an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation blood can pool in the upper chamber of the heart and cause a clot so you may need to be on Coumadin. There are also patients who have artificial or mechanical heart valves, those valves can cause clots to form so you should be on Coumadin. Coumadin if prescribed should be closely monitored while you’re ramping up to a therapeutic level and maintaining that therapeutic level.
If your provider does not monitor your Coumadin level and you suffer an injury as a result of either your blood being too thin and bleeding or form a clot, then you should contact someone to evaluate your potential claim.
4. What Should I Know When I Take Coumadin?
If you’re a patient who’s been prescribed Coumadin then your physician should be monitoring what’s called your INR which is the International Ratio, and it’s a measure of the thinness of your blood. Under normal circumstances patient’s INR without Coumadin should be 1, if you have a mechanical heart valve then the target for your INR on Coumadin should be around 2.5 so your blood is more thin and less likely to formulate clots. Your provider should always be monitoring your INR by laboratory blood test on a regular basis, if that’s not happening and you suffer an injury from either your blood being too thin and bleeding out or formation of a clot, you should contact someone to evaluate a potential claim.
If you think you have suffered a serious injury due to another’s negligence, read these 4 medical malpractice tips. Then, contact our experienced Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorneys to fight for you and your family.