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.
One of the top medical complaints of patients may be the discomfort caused by back and neck pain. Therefore, many are eager to find relief through those methods that trusted physicians suggest. However, there are times when that treatment fails to bring the promised relief and instead results in a medical malpractice allegation. Arizona patients who have suffered further injury due to a medical provider's actions or negligence do have certain rights to seek a remedy.
A study recently published in The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing (as reported by NPR and ProPublica) reveals a shocking lack of knowledge amongst nursing staff that care for mothers after childbirth. The researchers surveyed hundreds of labor and delivery nurses from hospitals across the country.
There are many reasons why a patient would seek the services of a cosmetic surgeon. When the decision to undergo a procedure is made, the patient likely is looking forward to an improved appearance or other physical and emotional benefits – not the possibility that he or she will be a victim of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, there are likely patients in Arizona who have suffered the consequences of a medical provider's negligence.