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.
Our Burlington area readers know that, unfortunately, car crashes can occur any day of the year, even on Christmas. Recently, two brothers were involved in a car accident with another vehicle at Barre Road and Old Boston Turnpike. According to reports, the two brothers, ages 23 and 17, were traveling in a pickup truck when they collided at the intersection with a Lincoln Town Car. The 84-year-old driver of the Lincoln Town Car was issued a citation for failing to stop at a stop sign, and the driver and an 84-year-old passenger in his vehicle were taken to the hospital following the crash. Their condition is not immediately known.
A Wellesley emergency room doctor was recently involved in a car crash that left a 78-year-old with numerous injuries. According to reports, the doctor appears to have been under the influence of prescription drugs, which were found in her possession at the time of the accident. The doctor who won a prestigious "doctor of the year" award in 2009 has now been charged with DUI.
This blog has reported on how even the most experienced and careful Massachusetts motorcycle riders are vulnerable to catastrophic injuries and sometimes even fatalities on the road. A 66-year-old man from Beverly is the latest victim. His motorcycle reportedly collided with a truck, and he was pronounced dead at Lawrence General Hospital following the tragic motorcycle accident.
The prescription medications that are a product of modern medicine have saved countless lives of the residents of Massachusetts. However, medication mistakes and pharmaceutical errors can and do happen. Sometimes, these medical errors can have grave consequences.