Until a few years ago, Massachusetts health care practitioners were still scribbling notes to document patient care. Electronic health records (EHRs) were developed to improve care, share patient information and eliminate unclear or incorrect notes. But, according to eight recent studies, EHRs have caused stress among heath professionals and were involved in medical malpractice actions.
Anytime one has to go under anesthesia and have a surgery performed, there is anxiety related to the medical event. All surgeries have unavoidable risks, however, each patient is owed a duty of care by the medical provider, doctor and others. When a local woman went in for a gallbladder surgery, she never guessed what the outcome would be. She is now the recipient of a medical malpractice award of over $1M related to the events of her surgery.
The birth of a baby is a very joyous event for parents in Massachusetts and elsewhere. While it is a positive and happy moment in the lives of parents, it is also a time where the unexpected could occur. Complications are not uncommon; however, when a medical professional acts quickly and properly, some harms and medical issues can be avoided. In contrast, when a medical professional makes an error or does not uphold their duty of care, this could result in significant harms to the mother, newborn or both.
Every day, patients in Massachusetts and elsewhere rely on medical professionals to diagnose and treat them. An overworked medical professional could make an error, causing a patient to suffer great harm. Medical errors could be the source of serious medical conditions or even cause the unfortunate death of patients.
Patients in Massachusetts and elsewhere likely trust their medical professionals to properly diagnose and treat them. While it may not always be an easy and perfect process, medical professionals are educated and trained to properly care for their patients. Unfortunately, doctors are human too, which means human errors could occur. A step could be missed, a symptom overlooked, results misread or wrong labs ordered. These errors could become more significant if a medical professional is overworked and running on very little sleep. A patient could be misdiagnosed, undergoing the wrong treatment plan or even having unnecessary surgery. This could have significant and even fatal impact on the patient.
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.