Each year, thousands of Americans are injured or subjected to a worsened medical condition due to medical malpractice committed by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Massachusetts is not immune to these occurrences. When medical malpractice occurs, Massachusetts residents need to know the steps necessary to pursue legal action in hopes of recovering compensation for their damages.
When a loved one is lost suddenly and through no fault of their own, it is difficult for family members to come to terms with their loss. One way to get closure is to hold the party responsible for causing the car crash accountable. But, when there are multiple vehicles involved in the car accident, it can prove to be challenging, as each party can claim it was the other's fault.
There are many medical conditions that are not deadly by nature. But, misdiagnosis or failure of a timely diagnosis escalates the situation into one that can cause fatalities. Sepsis is one such condition.
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.