Going to the doctor can be a fairly routine activity. While many do not enjoy going to the doctor, sometimes even dreading it, it is something one must do when they are injured or ill. Although these professionals are trained and experienced to diagnose and treat patients, this does not mean mistakes do not happen. While minor errors may not impact the care of a patient, some medical errors could significantly harm a patient.
When we are ill or injured, we rely on medical professionals to help us. Whether that means diagnosing a patient or determining a course of treatment, doctors in Massachusetts and elsewhere are trusted to make accurate medical decisions. But just like anyone else, a doctor is human and subject to human errors. This means that mistakes could be made during the diagnosis process, resulting in wrong or delayed diagnoses. This could cause a patient to receive no care or the wrong treatment plan, resulting in new or worsened conditions.
Going to the doctor in Massachusetts can be a routine or isolated event. Whether one is going to their physician because they are ill, injured or require a yearly check up, a patient is likely to take into consideration everything their medical professional has shared with them. In some cases, this could mean mistakes made when making a diagnosis, prescribing a medication or initiating a treatment plan.
One likely goes to a medical professional to get better. However, some individuals in Massachusetts and elsewhere suffer the opposite. Because a medical professional failed to properly or timely diagnose a patient, that patient suffers from misdiagnosis. This medical error could have significant impacts on the patient, causing some to suffer a depreciated health or even death.
Medical malpractice often results in tragic consequences. This is particularly true when we’re talking about pediatric care leading to injuries of children.
It is a troubling experience any time a family member or loved one is hurt. However, it can be especially devastating when a newborn baby or young infant sustains a serious and potentially life-threatening injury. Every year, infants across the state of Massachusetts and beyond are forced to live with the long-term effects of preventable brain injuries as a result of medical malpractice. The attorneys at the law offices of Donovan & O’Connor, L.L.P., are all too familiar with the fact that while cases often result in damages awards for malpractice victims and their families, it can be difficult to quantify the nature and severity of symptoms that the child may experience in the future. If a child in your family is living with a TBI, it is important to be aware of the emotional and cognitive difficulties that he or she may be confronted with in the future.
Every year, patients in Springfield and throughout the rest of the U.S. suffer due to medical mistakes or doctor errors. While some may view these instances as being few and far between, enough occurred in 2012 to result in $3.6 billion in medical malpractice settlement payments according to Becker’s Hospital Review.
An important part of recovering from an injury or illness is choosing the right physician. In Massachusetts, there are a number of instances in which an unreliable doctor made a medication error or other mistake that had grave consequences. There may be tools in place for patients to review how trustworthy a doctor is. According to recent research, however, many people in the United States aren’t sure how to evaluate a physician.
Many Massachusetts parents encourage their children to participate in group sports, which can be beneficial to their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual health. Unfortunately, sometimes participation in sports can leave children with brain injuries that can have long-term negative effects on their health and wellness.
When it comes to matter of the heart, injury and illness should be taken very seriously. Patients admitted to a hospital in Massachusetts with any potentially life-threatening condition expect doctors to explore every possible angle to ensure safety and well-being. A doctor error, such as failing to order necessary tests or taking preventative action, can have particularly devastating results.