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.
Whether or not you have persisting medical issues, it is important that you know where your nearest emergency room is. Many Massachusetts residents take comfort in knowing there is a hospital nearby they can trust to provide them care when they need it. Hospitals are regularly reviewed and inspected, with officials pouring over everything from the quality of care to the number of medical malpractice lawsuits. It is important for everyone to understand how their state's hospitals are ranked.
The men and women who serve our country literally lay their lives on the line. When they fall ill or injured, they may seek the care of a veterans' affairs hospital in Massachusetts or elsewhere. A doctor error can have serious repercussions for veterans already struggling with their existing conditions. VA hospitals treat some of this country's most vulnerable, and therefore should provide quality care.