As discussed previously on this blog, medical errors can wreak havoc on a patient's life. The patient who consulted a medical professional to improve their medical condition might walk away with a worsened condition thanks to a negligent doctor or surgeon. This can lead to more trips to the hospital and additional expenses that one has not budgeted for. Ongoing medical treatment can be costly and one way to recover those costs is by pursuing a medical malpractice case against the establishment that caused the condition in the first place.
Everyone makes mistakes-to err is human. However, when a medical professional makes the error, the error could end up ruining someone else's life. According to one report, around 30 percent of all medical malpractice claims are due to diagnostic errors. California residents may be surprised to hear that, in 2017 alone, surgeons operated on the wrong patient, performed the wrong procedure or operated on the wrong site 95 times.
Giving birth to a baby should be a beautiful occasion for California residents, as it is both the culmination of a nine-month wait and the beginning of a new life. However, when medical mistakes mar the birth, it can have serious repercussions on both the baby and the new parent's lives. It is an unfortunate fact that millions of babies suffer from brain damage each year and most of the causes for the damage take place just before or during birth.
If you have suffered injury or illness at the hands of a physician or other medical professional, you may be able to file a claim for medical malpractice. Medical malpractice generally requires patients to establish medical negligence, causation, and damages. Medical negligence refers to a doctor's failure to adhere to the medical standards when treating a patient by failing to diagnose the patient or failing to properly administer treatment. The patient becomes a victim of medical malpractice if this medical negligence causes them harm or injury that they would not have suffered otherwise.
It is no secret that practicing medicine is a demanding and challenging job. Due to the demands of their career and their workplace environment, many physicians across the United States experience a condition referred to as 'physician burnout.' This burnout often causes them to suffer from emotional and physical exhaustion and depression and leads them to detach from their patients. According to a recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, physician burnout can cause doctors to make medical errors that harm patients.
Surgical errors are a very serious matter. Many, many times they are the cause of serious injury or even death, and they happen all across the country. As with any medical malpractice claim, an injured party or the family of the deceased bears a large burden of proof in order to successfully gain compensation.
There are multiple types of birth injuries for which a party may be entitled to compensation. Here, we discuss some of the more common birth injuries and their effects on an infant.
Physicians are trained to operate under what is called a "differential diagnoses." This means that when a definite diagnosis is not known, a patient should be treated based on a descending list of probability. In other words, that physician should use his or her training to offer an educated opinion as to what the problem is, and treat it accordingly.
The rare individual looks forward to checking into the hospital to have a surgical procedure, but every day many Californians muster up their courage and arrive at medical centers to have surgeries to improve their health. Surgeries, by their nature, are invasive and even when minor can cause patients to experience long recoveries and significant periods of healing. Unfortunately, not every surgery goes as it should, and some patients suffer more after them than they did before going under the knife.
Children have rights. In California and throughout the nation, children have the right to their basic needs, like education, medical care and to be safe in their own homes. Just as adults, children cannot be discriminated against based on their inclusion in protected classes and cannot have rights taken away from them without due process.