While it happened on the other side of the country, a recent surgical error may have many people in Massachusetts thinking twice before they schedule their next operation. A woman has filed a medical negligence lawsuit against a doctor and hospital. It is claimed that the physician left a surgical tool inside her body after an operation.
The loss of a child is the worst fear for many Massachusetts parents, who will likely feel sympathy for the plaintiffs in a recently settled wrongful death lawsuit filed in another state. The plaintiffs in the case lost their son in 2014 due to an apparent failure to diagnose a large malignant mass on their teenager's kidney. Sadly, this failure to correctly interpret ultrasound results is blamed for causing the boy's death.
In the hands of conscientious, skilled Massachusetts physicians, surgery can be life-saving. Unfortunately, it can also be life-changing, and not always for the better, particularly if the surgeon is not careful or well-trained. In another state, a woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a medical facility and the physician there after an allegedly botched operation has left her suffering the consequences.
Most individuals, whether in Massachusetts or anywhere in the country, have relied on health care professionals from birth, trusting doctors' medical knowledge and experience to keep them and loved ones healthy. Sadly, sometimes that trust doesn't pan out and certain doctors -- through oversight, careless errors or just plain medical negligence -- fail to exercise the skill and standard of care expected of the medical community. A medical malpractice lawsuit in another state alleges just such carelessness.
Medical professionals are supposed to be just that: professionals. Patients in Massachusetts and across the country rely on their doctors, therapists and other medical providers to exercise a high standard of care. When a health care provider fails to meet this standard, any medical negligence often comes at a high cost indeed, and unfortunately, the cost is often that of human suffering.
When prescribing medications, Massachusetts doctors should use all their years of training to make certain that the prescriptions they write will not only be effective, but safe. When treating physicians fail to take into consideration issues like counter indications and side effects, resultant complications can leave a patient worse off than before. In fact, a medication error can prove not just dangerous, but fatal, as seems to be the case in an incident in another state.
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.