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.
Medical malpractice lawsuits come in all shapes and sizes. Doctors can be found negligent for everything from prescription errors to surgical site infections. The important thing for patients to remember is that when they suffer injuries due to professional negligence they may be entitled compensation for their injuries through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Whenever a patient is injured, however, it is important to first seeking medical attention.
Many residents of Massachusetts have a loved one who is currently living in a nursing home. Although many of these facilities provide outstanding care to their residents, this vulnerable population can unfortunately suffer from instances of medical malpractice and negligence. Recently, a female resident of the Savoy Nursing and Rehab center was discovered to be missing from her room when her sister arrived for a visit.
A recent post on this blog discussed a study which revealed that there is a much higher instance of surgical errors in hospitals across the country than was once thought. Massachusetts Governor Patrick has just signed into law a measure that may successfully combat the prevalence of surgical errors across the state of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts residents may be alarmed to learn of a recent study led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study revealed that surgical errors which could have been easily avoided are quite prevalent. In fact, the researchers who conducted the study tabulate that over 4,000 such mistakes are made every year by surgeons across the U.S.
Although some Massachusetts residents probably believe that the nationwide conversion to electronic medical records should help to improve the quality of healthcare by making it less expensive and more efficient, a report has recently been released about a number of serious drawbacks to the switch. For example, pharmaceutical malpractice could result when some drug orders may be transferred from a hospital to a pharmacy using a different electronic application. This may result in a different drug or dose than the one that was originally ordered. In fact, the report cites an example of a mistaken electronic order for a dangerously high dose of a heart medicine that was caught just in time.