As discussed last week on the blog, medical malpractice can take many forms. Though we often think of medical malpractice in the form of misdiagnosis and surgical errors, mistakes in prescribing medication can be just as harmful, if not more so. Those subjected to a prescription error can suffer significant harm, including a worsened medical condition or death. But what can you do if you have been hurt by one of these mishaps?
Going to the doctor can be a scary experience. Many times patients feel as if something is wrong with them, but they do not know what. This is where the expertise of a doctor is supposed to come to the rescue. While many doctors rely on their years of training and experience to accurately and timely diagnose conditions, others fail to do so. A misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis can be a serious mistake leading to a worsened medical condition or death.
A recent WBUR poll in Boston reveals some very troubling views about the current state of the Massachusetts medical care system. Although 48 percent of those polled are very satisfied with the quality of medical care they receive, four in ten sick adults believe there is a serious problem with the quality in the state. In fact, when asked specifically about the quality of treatment, 37 percent believe that this is a serious or somewhat serious problem for the state.