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Medical errors the nation’s third-most common cause of death

When you have an ache or a pain, you probably book an appointment with a Connecticut physician while feeling confident he or she will tell you what is ailing you and what you can do to fix it. Regrettably, however, doctors are only human, and they, like everyone, are prone to making mistakes. At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we recognize that the stakes are high when doctors make errors, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury or illness due to a physician’s negligence seek appropriate recourse.

Surgical instruments may get left behind

People who enter the operating room entrust their lives in the hands of licensed medical professionals. There are situations, however, where these trusted surgeons and technicians make mistakes, which could lead to infections, permanent injuries and even death. Unfortunately, these situations occur more often than some may think. According to a study conducted by John Hopkins University, more than 4,000 people a year are victims of surgical negligence.

Misdiagnosis: A common occurrence?

Millions of people in Connecticut and across the United States put their trust in the medical professionals who take care of them in emergency rooms and in outpatient settings. When people are sick or have suffered an injury, they rely on physicians, surgeons and nurses to use their medical expertise to diagnose their problem and customize a treatment plan. People may be surprised to learn, however, that medical professionals make mistakes, and may fail to diagnose an ailment or could provide the wrong diagnosis altogether.

Of doctors, ducks and zebras

When diagnosing patients, doctors frequently fall back on their medical school training to look for the most likely reason certain symptoms present themselves. To most doctors, a cough, watery eyes, a runny nose and a sore throat is most likely to be an indication of a head cold. But among themselves, doctors also call unusual or rare medical conditions zebras, to describe a surprising disease which looks, walks and quacks like a duck in every other way.

Are stem cell clinics offering "sketchy" solutions?

Recently, 570 stem cell clinics have popped up across the U.S. offering treatments for many health issues. From arthritis to spinal cord injuries to autism, the clinics are claiming stem cells from various body tissues can solve your health problems.

What are the most common reasons people visit the emergency room?

A real ER is not quite like TV
Television medical dramas do not accurately depict a typical hospital emergency room. Rather than gunshot wounds or flesh-eating bacteria, ER visitors are more likely to seek help for stomach pains, headaches and kitchen accidents.

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