Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Medical Malpractice | 1 comment

Quality care and effective treatment are legal and moral obligations that every health care provider has over patients. These, plus the trust that patients place in their hands are more than enough to always require doctors with timely treatment, correct and accurate diagnosis, and medication that works.

The reality, however, is that medical malpractice continues to be an alarming reality in the US. Though it is difficult to predict the actual count, as many acts of malpractice remain to be unreported, the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates at least 225,000 yearly deaths due to errors, which include:

  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Wrong medication
  • Infections (form hospital procedures, such as surgery)
  • Wrong dosage of anesthesia
  • Delayed treatment
  • Adverse effects of medication (these are the right types of medicine prescribed to patients, but who are affected by the drug in unexpected ways)
  • General hospital errors

There are many reported causes of medical mistakes, like nurse and doctor miscommunication, erroneous interpretation of laboratory results that lead to wrong treatment and medication, a mix-up in patients’ records that sometimes results to the wrong patient being made to undergo an unnecessary surgery, overworked and fatigued nurses and medical staff, and so forth.

On its website, personal injury law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, outlines the devastating consequences a medical mistake can have on victims and their families. Thus, filing a lawsuit for a medical malpractice claim is definitely important as the compensation for the damages would definitely help the victim undergo the additional medical treatment that he/she needs.

Like any type of accident, medical malpractice is most often due to someone’s acts of carelessness or negligence and, therefore, can easily be avoided. To save patients from becoming possible medical error victims, though, some watchdog organizations, as well as concerned private individuals, have posted lists of good and bad doctors and hospitals online, so that patients will know where to go, or not to go, and who to, or not to, consult.

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