Some parents hope that their children will carry on their work after they are gone. One son is attempting to honor his physician father's work in improving the lives of patients and reducing the risk of medical malpractice through diligence. Arizona residents may not be aware of the numbers of patient deaths that are attributed to these avoidable mistakes.
Many Arizona mothers request epidurals during child birth to limit their pain. Unfortunately, mistakes in administering this form of anesthesia could constitute medical negligence. Recently, a woman in another state indicated that she intends to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the medical center where she gave birth in 2003.
According to a recent report by a publication that services the long-term care profession, the numbers of residents who are receiving care from nursing home facilities has declined. Unfortunately, the numbers of complaints regarding care and neglect in these institutions has risen substantially over the past several years. Since there are countless Arizona families who depend on these types of homes to care for aged or ailing family members, any news concerning possible medical malpractice in the form of neglect may be of interest.
According to one source, an estimated 48,000 to 98,000 patients die each year due to medical errors. That report was published quite a few years ago under a title that suggested that human nature lends itself to mistakes. Unfortunately, any Arizona patient could become a victim of medical malpractice, including suffering serious health complications from medication errors.
Over the past few years, the reported numbers of medication errors has increased approximately 462 percent. When these mistakes occur, the side effects can result in debilitating and permanent injuries. Arizona patients who have suffered as a result of these serious mistakes may have a basis for filing a medical malpractice civil suit.
The vast majority of medical providers place the health and safety of their patients above all other concerns. In spite of their best intentions, though, some patients will suffer greater harm as a result of mistakes or negligence. In these situations, Arizona residents are assured of their rights to seek a remedy for the harm they have suffered through a medical malpractice suit.
Those who have a chronic illness may make frequent trips to the hospital in order to obtain relief from recurring and possibly serious symptoms. In spite of these patients receiving regular care, however, medical providers may miss vital clues and cause greater harm for the patients who place their trust in them. Recently, an Arizona jury found a doctor guilty of medical malpractice that left a woman in a persistent vegetative state.
Although birth injuries are rare, they are particularly troubling because they can affect the health, wellbeing and quality of life of a baby for decades to come. Coping with a birth injury can be one of the most difficult things imaginable for a parent. The situation may seem overwhelming, and you may not know what to do first.
In early October, a national media source reported on the disturbing practice of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to purportedly protect medical providers who are believed to have failed to provide proper care for the nation's veterans. Now, three lawmakers are working together to help ensure that these men and woman are protected from physicians who are accused of medical malpractice. If the bill passes, it is hoped that veterans here in Arizona and elsewhere will be receive better quality care at VA hospitals.
When people hear that a mistake was made by a medical provider, most likely an error on the part of a physician or surgeon comes to mind. However, another practice area that has been subject to medical malpractice claims is radiology. Arizona patients who have received a mistaken diagnosis or experienced delayed treatment due to a misread radiograms may also have a valid claim.