Medical professionals are supposed to do what they are capable of in order to help patients avoid injuries while under a hospital's care. Failure to do so may result in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Massachusetts or in any other state. It turns out one hospital that is now facing a lawsuit may have failed to take necessary precautions to help avoid injury to a particular patient.
No matter one's social or economic background, every patient here in Massachusetts and everywhere else deserves the same care and diligence when it comes to serious health problems. Unfortunately, patients who are currently incarcerated do not have the option of seeking their own trusted medical care providers and must place their lives in the hands of the staff that the penal system has under contract. While the majority of these medical practitioners exercise the same care regardless of who their patients are, there was a recent incident where a surgical error has placed a man's health in jeopardy.
Computers are omnipresent in every facet of life, including one's health care. Doctors often enter examination rooms carrying a handheld device, while nurses may take patient histories on a mobile laptop in Massachusetts emergency rooms. There are some who question the role that computers might play when physicians make misdiagnoses.
A doctor is currently facing a medical malpractice lawsuit for the 12th time since 1996. Massachusetts readers will note that the most recent suit is related to complications following a laparoscopic procedure. The current case is the second time the doctor has been accused of medical malpractice just this year.
One state will be voting on proposed law and seems to be concerned with raising the cap on monetary awards for patients who have been harmed by their physicians. However, the bill also contains provisions that may help prevent some instances of medical malpractice altogether. While this battle is not being waged in Massachusetts, the language in the bill addresses problems that may apply to doctors everywhere.
A family is grieving the loss of their teenage son after he died during a basketball game. Purportedly, he had received a sports physical, but it is unclear whether a serious condition was overlooked. While many Massachusetts residents may have been a victim of a doctor's failure to diagnose, it is tragic when a mistake leads to the death of a loved one.
In July, the Food and Drug Administration sent a letter of warning to Intuitive Surgical, Inc. concerning the marketing and advertising of its robotic surgical equipment. In spite of advertisements touting the benefits of this technique, several patients reportedly suffered harm from a surgical error caused by these devices. A medical director for Massachusetts General Hospital stated that the facility has been deluged by literature and offers promoting robotic surgery.
Doctors spend years studying in order to provide expert, quality care for their future patients. However, they are human and are capable of making serious mistakes. These mistakes may take many forms, including a failure to diagnose, which can lead to serious consequences for the patients who trust them. Understandably, patients in Massachusetts could also fall victim to these errors.
When patients receive the news that they have cancer or are no longer in remission, then they may feel overwhelmed and probably afraid. However, in most cases, they have a doctor whom they trust to provide the proper care and not one who would deliberately provide misdiagnoses. Unfortunately, there was one doctor who was purportedly doing just that. This doctor did not practice in Massachusetts; however, patients everywhere may be more vigilant because of his alleged actions.
Recent studies have shown that misdiagnosis is a common cause of medical malpractice suits. While the risks associated with an incorrect diagnosis may be significant, even life threatening, one recent case shows that these risks are not only physical, but also psychological.