Medical errors can impact a patient and the patient's entire family. When you are the person who suffered harm, dealing with the fallout can be difficult. You might not be able to interact with your children like you need to. Your relationship with your spouse might suffer.
Imagine going in to the hospital for a simple procedure. You have your pre-op with the surgeon, the anesthesiologist then comes in to put you under, and you fall blissfully unconscious before they even wheel you into the operating room. Not only did the staff administer anesthesia, but they also gave you a paralytic to keep your muscles from twitching during the surgery.
Technological advancements have greatly improved quality and length of life for Americans. Medical devices are a godsend, wonders with miraculous success stories. But, like any technology, the success rate is in the hands of the beholder.
If someone is undergoing surgery in an operating room, there's a chance that they or one of their loved ones will see an extra person there, sometimes coaching the doctors. They aren't scrubbed in, but are often present while medical devices like new hips or knees and installing cardiac defibrillators or spine surgeries occur.
Coping with a wrongful birth claim is difficult and comes with many challenges. Throughout a pregnancy the expectant mother has the right to test the fetus for certain medical conditions and impending birth defects. If a doctor runs these tests and determines there is a complication, parents then should have the right to decide if they want to continue with the pregnancy.
A 6-year-old boy's family has agreed to a $30 million medical negligence settlement. The medical malpractice lawsuit was against the doctor who performed multiple experimental surgeries on a young boy. In fact, the doctor performed a total of 25 surgeries on the boy and the last surgery, which was performed in 2011, caused the boy to suffer irreversible brain damage. Furthermore, he now suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of the botched surgery.
It is probably safe to say that most people who go to a doctor do not realize that the chances of being treated by someone who has been sued for committing doctor error or some other medical professional negligence is extremely high. One survey asked doctors about their experiences with medical malpractice lawsuits, and 80 percent of them acknowledged being sued for negligence at some point in their careers.
It is easy to sympathize with doctors who work in emergency rooms. They frequently find themselves having to make diagnosis and treatment decisions on patients who may have serious or life-threatening injuries, illnesses or other conditions with little time to analyze symptoms or to make a thorough analysis of what those symptoms really mean; and the consequences for making an incorrect diagnosis, or delaying treatment too long, or providing the wrong kind of treatment can be disastrous for everyone involved.