It's a scary thought thinking about surgery. It is something you believe you can go without ever needing in life, but when our health fails, we are injured or we are living with a condition or a disease, surgery can be necessary. Although it is an overwhelming and scary situation, it could also be life-saving as well. Unfortunately, surgeons are humans subject to human errors. This means, despite their education and expertise, surgical errors could occur. A patient could suffer tremendously even if the mistake is minor or simple.
When you are ill or injured, your first instinct is to seek medical attention. We rely on the knowledge and expertise of medical professionals to properly assess our health and determine an appropriate course of treatment. When treating patients in Massachusetts and elsewhere, medical professionals are required to meet a certain standard of care. If this standard is not met, whether due to negligence or errors, a patient could suffer much harm.
Let's say you visit a Massachusetts doctor seeking diagnosis of various symptoms your body is presenting. Perhaps you haven't been feeling well but can't put your finger on why. If your doctor says there's really no reason to suspect you are suffering anything other than fatigue and stress, and you later learn you have a serious health problem that likely should have been obvious to a licensed physician, who is responsible for any illness or injuries you may have suffered in the meantime?
Worcester, Massachusetts patients who have to go under the knife for any surgical procedure, and especially a significant one, probably do so under the assumption that their doctor is going to be attending to them in the operating room from the start of the procedure until they are moved into recovery.
As this blog has discussed previously, Massachusetts residents are entitled to receive compensation if their doctor's errors cause them to experience worsened symptoms or, in some cases, further injury their bodies. A Worcester resident can seek out this compensation by submitting a medical malpractice claim and, if that fails, filing suit for damages.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term "medical malpractice?" While many people think about a simple diagnosis error, this type of negligence can actually take on many forms.
At some point in your life, you likely needed some sort of medical attention. Though medical professionals' duties involve helping you and other people to the best of their abilities in hopes of addressing your medical ailments, it may prove difficult to place complete trust in physicians, surgeons, nurses and other hospital staff. This wariness may seem warranted as placing your life in the hands of other people likely does not feel like the most comfortable or natural experience.
Those with obesity are having trouble fitting into more than their clothes. In many cases, they are finding it difficult to fit into a healthcare system that often does a better job of serving patients who are thin. Treatment of obese patients by hospitals, doctors, and nurses could be considered malpractice if proper treatment is not provided. Here are some common concerns.
Nursing home abuse is an unfortunate reality for many families in America. Nursing homes are reluctant to disclose it when it happens. In some cases, it is difficult to tell if the resident's injuries were due to abuse or simple mishap. According to ABC News, 30 percent of nursing homes were cited for abuse of all degrees between 1999 and 2001. In another study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 73 percent of nurses in Indiana had observed a resident being abused. It falls on families to look out for their loved ones by investigating potential injuries and medical neglect in the nursing home.
For a few weeks now, we've been discussing issues surrounding birth injuries here on our Worcester personal injury law blog. We've talked about symptoms like Erb's palsy that can result from a medical provider's error during delivery. We've also discussed situations in which a timely C-section can be vital to the health of the newborn baby. Before moving on from this subject, let's pause to remind readers that a birth injury may be a result of medical malpractice, and what they can do about it.