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.
All medical professionals are human. They become tired, frustrated, and even angry, sometimes while on the job. Although these feelings are understandable, it is wholly unacceptable when they interfere with an individual's medical care. All too often, fatigued, inattentive, and reckless doctors and nurses fail to live up to the standard of care they owe to their patients, resulting in serious harm and death. When this happens, a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed in hopes of recovering compensation for damages such as lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.