Each year, 250,000 patients die from medical errors - more than motor and air crashes, suicides, falls, poisonings, and drownings combined - according to John Hopkins published research. Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, yet a study shows most doctors would not tell patients or accept responsibility for their mistakes.
Cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Stone, was hired to treat patients for the Medical College of Wisconsin. It is alleged that just before he was to start, another physician informed the dean that there were allegations against Dr. Stone that he had performed unnecessary surgery at another hospital.
Joshua Jackson was born at home nearly 12 weeks prematurely. He was taken to The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. There, according to the lawsuit, nurses improperly inserted a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), which is a type of intravenous line. The misplaced line remained in place for nearly a week. While the line was in place, Joshua's arm showed signs and symptoms of impeded blood flow. Eventually, "Baby Jackson's left hand was...found by nurses to be shriveled and with black fingertips," according to the lawsuit.
In January 2015, the family of Michael Powall filed suit against the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Hillcrest Hospital, Dr. Jack Lissauer, and Dr. David Weinerman. The family has alleged that the doctors caused the death of Mr. Powall, then 78-years-old, during a medical procedure.
A Dallas County jury delivered a $19.7 million verdict against Dr. Jennifer Burris and her employer, Acute Surgical Care Specialists, for the wrongful death of Ms. Katina Clark. Prior to her death, Ms. Clark lived in a permanent vegetative state for a year and a half following the brain damage she sustained as a patient.
As a society, we put considerable faith in professionals-deferring to their education and citing their professional titles as reliable. To that end, we trust that engineers will properly plan and construct buildings and roadways. We expect that our accountants are appropriately and accurately filing our yearly taxes, and of course, we rely on our physicians and medical experts to provide us with the medical care necessary to help us sustain healthy lives. But what happens when our expectations are not met-when our trust and reliance on these professionals fails us? What happens, for example, when a physician makes a costly mistake?
In April 2010, Michelle Sanchez was seen at the Lovelace emergency room in New Mexico for left leg swelling and infection. She was treated and released with a recommendation for other tests. Later that month, she was hospitalized for about two weeks.
If you believe your injury or medical condition was either caused by or worsened due to the negligence of a healthcare professional, you may be able to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
When you are involved in a car wreck, the police investigate. If there is an injury, by law the officers must prepare and file a Crash Report. That Crash Report is part of the public record. Policymakers and citizens can use it to make decisions to improve safety on our streets.
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is considered one of the top hospitals in the nation. Researchers discovered about half of the surgeries performed at this institution have administered medications by error or with unintended side effects. These findings are even more likely to be found at other U.S. hospitals. In 2013-2014 researchers at MGH observed and discovered that 124 of the 227 procedures included at least one medication error or drug-related incident that harmed the patient. According to this study, the most frequent errors were due to mislabeling, incorrect dosages, and medications unnecessarily administered.