When parents take their children to the hospital for a routine medical procedure, the last thing they would expect is for a medical mistake to result in lifelong consequences. Sadly, this type of event happens from time to time in hospitals in Georgia and the rest of the country. There have been mistakes with simple medical procedures, from routine exams to minor surgery, that have had tragic results.
Modern medical technology has made some amazing breakthroughs. Patients once had to rely on little more than x-rays, stethoscopes, and a doctor's educated opinion, but now we have sophisticated machines that can take detailed imaging and catch serious health issues in their earliest stages. It can't be argued that all this new technology has saved millions of lives in Georgia and everywhere else in the country.
When someone goes in for routine minor surgery, the last thing they expect is for a major complication to occur, especially if it results in permanent disability or death. Sadly, medical malpractice cases from minor procedures happen from time to time in every state, including Georgia. Accidents caused by medical practice negligence can cause victims or their families thousands of dollars in medical bills or funeral bills, not to mention pain and suffering.
Hospital negligence and surgical errors are often seen in the news as a serious cause of medical malpractice, but a study by JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that mistakes made in the general practitioner's office are a much more common occurrence that result in thousands of illnesses or deaths a year. In fact, the study's authors say that doctor's office mistakes may cause more patient deaths or injuries than any other medical mistakes.
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.
No matter where it happens, medical professional negligence is a serious issue. A woman has filed the first step in a potential suit against the city for hospital negligence, two years after a visit to the emergency room could have caught the early stages of cancer in her right lung. When the now 41-year-old single mother went to the hospital for chest pains in February 2010, she was afraid she might be having a heart attack. However, a first-year resident sent her home with instructions to take pain medication after finding nothing wrong with her EKG and chest X-ray.
A 70-year-old Air Force veteran was recently awarded $1.25 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against the U.S. government. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C following a colonoscopy in a VA hospital. Hepatitis C is a serious illness that is difficult to treat and can cause severe liver damage.
Calling it deceitful and an attempt at a cover-up, the DeKalb County judge overseeing a wrongful death lawsuit against a local drug rehab facility rejected the response the facility filed with the court. The decision will make it significantly easier for the parents of a patient who died at the facility in 2008 to prevail in their suit.
Errors by doctors and nurses who are treating patients in Atlanta as they recover from surgery are all too common, according to a new study. In fact, patients may be subject to multiple errors during their recuperation and could even suffer harm.