Many Georgia residents are affected by medical malpractice each year. Some who are hurt by a hospital or doctor error can suffer ongoing medical issues that can ultimately cost in the millions of dollars and last throughout their lives. A number of these victims rely on personal injury attorneys to represent their cases and work to get them compensation for their suffering.
Preventable surgical errors and medical professional negligence cost billions of dollars a year in Medicare and private insurance payments. Medical experts agree that lessening the occurrences of these "never events," as they're called in the field, will not only save lives but lower the cost of health care and insurance.
Recently, researchers from Emory University reported the results from a study focusing on the readmission rates of general surgery patients. The study revealed that one in ten general surgery patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days following the surgical procedure.
In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a CNN contributor, explored the relationship between the increase in treatments and tests ordered by physicians and the potentially corresponding rise in the number of medical errors made by doctors. Unfortunately, often when doctors make a mistake, the consequences are damaging or life threatening for the patient involved. Gupta argues that some of these devastating mistakes could be avoided if physicians ceased ordering unnecessary treatments.