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.
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.
Some mistakes should NEVER happen if the surgical team follows the rules.
Some hospitals have pulled the plug on this legal and ethical dilemma.
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.
A professor from Johns Hopkins medical school has authored a new study showing that medical errors accounts for the deaths of around 250,000 people each year. This puts medical errors as the country's third leading cause of death.
When many people hear the term medical malpractice, they usually assume a physician or surgeon is the person who is the focus of the lawsuit. However, that is not always true as a recent jury ruling showed.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be very complex and time-consuming. A patient may have suffered a life-altering injury or illness or even died due to the negligence of a physician or member of the medical staff. For one woman in Connecticut's neighboring state of New York, the pain of a hip replacement surgery was worse than giving birth without anesthesia.
The Civil Justice Resource Group found that only about 2.9 percent of victims of medical malpractice will actually file a claim. What's even more surprising is that only about 5 percent of those that file a claim will receive a payment of some sort.