It is tempting and even logical to think that hospitals provide adequate, effective and safe care to their patients. While it is true that many go to the hospital and come out in better shape, the fact remains that others find themselves the victim of medical malpractice. These institutions, often thought of as saving lives, actually pose the eight leading cause of death: hospital mistakes and hospital acquired infections. A study conducted by the independent hospital watchdog group Leapfrog, found one in four patients suffer some form of hospital-initiated harm.
Receiving proper and adequate medical treatment is dependent upon many factors. Doctors must conduct thorough examinations, consult a patient's personal and familial medical history, and accurately diagnose a patient's condition. When a doctor fails in any of these areas, serious injuries or death may result. Massachusetts residents who are harmed by a doctor error should act on their legal rights.
Our nation's veterans put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. In an attempt to pay the enormous debt we owe these brave men and women, certain benefits are extended to these service members. Amongst them is care at VA hospitals. Though these veterans deserve the best medical care possible, sometimes that sadly is not the case. And the results can be tragic.
Many Massachusetts residents hate to hear they need surgery. An operation might make the patient fearful that she has a serious medical condition, and the mere thought of being cut open by a doctor may make her queasy. Most of the time, these operations go through without a hitch, resulting in a successful surgery that may leave the patient healthier. Other times, though, a doctor makes a devastating mistake that can have life-altering effects.
Treating a medical condition effectively is dependent upon accurately diagnosing that condition. If the condition is identified quickly and accurately, then a doctor can prescribe appropriate medication, conduct necessary operations, and offer any other beneficial treatment. However, when a doctor misdiagnoses a condition or there is a delay in a diagnosis, the results can be tragic for the patient.
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.
Though giving birth should be a momentous life event filled with happiness, it can also be nerve-wracking. Expecting mothers put full trust behind their doctor's expertise and experience, literally putting their and their baby's life in the doctor's hands. Often, this trust is well placed and the baby is delivered safely and healthily. Every now and then, though, mistakes are made and the mother, the baby, or both are seriously injured or killed.
The birth of a child is supposed to be a time of happiness and excitement. When medical professionals conduct their duties appropriately, it usually is for mothers. However, birth is a delicate procedure that requires constant monitoring and a close examination of the expecting mother's medical history. Failing to perform any of their duties in accordance with the standard of care, doctors and nurses can cause life-altering injuries to the expecting mother or the baby.
Though certain medical conditions may make many Massachusetts residents fearful, the fact that experienced, educated doctors populate our cities and towns should put them at ease. Unfortunately, all too often doctors make mistakes that can cause serious personal injury or death. A new report shows where doctors are falling short, and how devastating it can be for patients.
Massachusetts residents go to the hospital with the expectation of being properly treated. In order to obtain this effective care, a doctor must first accurately diagnose the condition from which the patient is suffering, and then check up on that diagnosis. If there is a doctor error in making the diagnosis or in following up with the condition, the result can be tragic. A recent jury verdict in a medical malpractice case shows just how damaging these mistakes can be for patients.