The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has defined a wrong-site surgery as an event that is not related to the patient's natural course of illness, rather they are unexpected events that cause serious physical or psychological injuries. According to the Commission, around 50 wrong-site surgeries take place in the country weekly.
One of the ways car accident victims get closure after an accident is by identifying the person who caused the crash and then holding them accountable. When the car accident is between two vehicles, it is somewhat easier to identify the negligent party but when there are multiple cars involved, then distributing blame and fault are often tricky-not just for the accident victim but often also for the courts.
Massachusetts' residents may be unaware that rather than getting better at the hospital, thousands of people end up either getting worse or dying of a hospital error, not their original condition. Almost 20 years ago, a shocking study revealed that almost 100,000 people were dying annually due to hospital errors and, in 2010, another study corrected them, estimating almost 180,000 people died in Medicare alone. This number was further elevated in 2013, when another study claimed almost 440,000 deaths were the result of preventable errors in hospitals.
When something goes wrong, it is natural to want answers-what happened and how did it happen? Unfortunately, the answers to these questions are not forthcoming when it comes to resolving mistakes made in the medical field. When someone's condition is worsened due to a medical professional's negligence, they often find themselves facing a white wall of silence-medical professionals hiding behind hospitals who do not provide answers.
All employees and workers have to maintain a certain standard when completing their work-related tasks. With regards to doctors and medical professionals, this means they must adhere to a certain standard of care when dealing with their patients. When they fail to meet this standard, they end up making mistakes that could lead to someone's worsened medical condition.
Even though various factors cause millions of elderly people to reside in nursing homes across the country, the period between 2011 and 2015 saw a slight decrease in the occupancy of skilled nursing home facilities. Unfortunately though, the same period saw a 33 percent increase in the number of nursing home complaints handled by state authorities. A brief released by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highlights the issue and the extent to which nursing home complaints are investigated within the given time frame.
When Massachusetts's residents go to a doctor, they expect to leave feeling better than they were previously, not with a worsened medical condition. Though we assume they have the requisite knowledge, at the end of the day they are also human and can make human errors. The only difference is that their medical error can cost someone their life.
When Massachusetts' residents hear the term 'never event', it would be fair to assume it is something that never happens, as the name implies. In a medical context, this term refers to events that are particularly shocking and should have never happen in the first place. Unfortunately, these events do end up happening to a startling amount of patients. In fact, one example of a never event, leaving something inside a patient during a procedure, happens in one out of every 1,000-1,500 intraabdominal surgeries.
Most Massachusetts's residents go to their doctors because a medical professional can offer him or her medical guidance and improve an ailment. We take what our doctors have to say for granted, assuming that they will be acting in our best interest. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Though we often forget it, doctors are also humans and this means they also make mistakes. Their mistakes, however, can lead to a worsened medical condition rather than an improved one.
Readers of the Salem personal injury law blog may be aware that they can file a personal injury lawsuit against someone who has caused their accident. Whether it was caused in a car accident or truck crash or by a medical professional's malpractice, it is possible to hold a party accountable for your harms. However, individuals may not know that time is of the essence in these situations, meaning the claim must be filed within a certain time limit otherwise a valid claim may be time barred.