Medical procedures and tests, though often necessary, are almost always uncomfortable and inconvenient, not to mention costly in terms of both money and time. Imagine, then, undergoing a procedure on the advice of a Massachusetts physician, only to find out later that said procedure not only caused significant physical harm, but wasn't actually necessary in the first place? In another state, this alleged case of doctor error is apparently exactly what occurred.
Most patients in Massachusetts -- or anywhere else, for that matter – follow their doctor's orders without hesitation, especially when it comes to taking prescription medication. Indeed, many people have little choice but to do so, as they rely on doctors' experience and training for their own health and well-being. For this reason, a medication error can prove dangerous, if not fatal, as a majority of patients would not recognize that a mistake had been made until it was too late.
In the medical field, negligence can refer to a broad range of acts by Massachusetts health care providers, encompassing any act or even failure to act that deviates from an accepted standard of care and results in harm to a patient. In another state, an alleged act of medical negligence by a surgeon resulted in serious injury to a woman. Sadly, in this case, the injuries sustained purportedly led to the patient's eventual death some months later.
Doctors go through years of education -- and, in exchange, usually receive large salaries once they begin practicing -- to be able to recognize and treat health problems. Often, this medical training involves learning how to diagnose signs of impending illness in Massachusetts patients to prevent conditions from developing or worsening. How frightening, then, to imagine a scenario of medical negligence in which a trusted health professional might be too distracted or in too big of a hurry to prevent injury or save a life.
When loved ones are ill, residents of Massachusetts have little choice but to trust in the training and judgment of medical professionals. Sadly, sometimes that trust is misplaced, as seems to be the case in a recent incident in another state. A retired professor has filed a wrongful death lawsuit after alleged doctor error led to the death of his wife.
A person in a Massachusetts hospital may have many more interactions with nurses than with doctors during the stay. A previous blog post discussed simple ways these medical professionals can prevent harm to patients. According to Nurse Journal, another essential nursing duty is documentation in the patient’s medical record, which often informs future decisions and prevents serious or fatal medical mistakes.
People in Massachusetts may have heard of the Hippocratic Oath, which refers to ethical standards that doctors should follow. Health care providers, including nurses, are bound by legal requirements, as well. Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute explains that medical professionals have a duty to their patients to adhere to the standards generally accepted in the field. Failure to meet these by acting or neglecting to act in a way that a reasonable professional would may lead to errors that are considered negligence.
When you visit your doctor in Massachusetts, you have certain expectations that your treatment will be effective, current and supported by the latest research. A growing body of literature, however, suggests that this may not be the case.
Electronics are intended to make life easier, but the transition to electronic health records has not been smooth for many health care facilities in Massachusetts and around the United States. Indeed, recent reports indicate that in some cases, the use of electronic records has increased the incidence of doctor errors.
As a patient, you have a legal right to decide what is done with your body, as explained by Temple Health. This means that before your Massachusetts physician implements a treatment plan, he or she must obtain informed consent.