When someone does not feel right and goes to the doctor, this person is putting their trust in this doctor to properly diagnose and treat their conditions. After all, the doctor is the one with the training and the experience in the medical field, not the patient. However, as is seen in medical malpractice lawsuits time and time again, doctors are not immune from making mistakes. The issue though is that these mistakes can end up leading to life-altering complications for their patients.
Medical Malpractice Archives
Surgical errors can happen in Pennsylvania for any number of reasons. An anesthesiologist can make a mistake, or the actual surgeon can accidentally leave behind a foreign object in a patient's body. Whatever the reasoning behind why a mistake was made, for the patient, a surgical error can lead to serious injury, chronic pain and even death.
A couple from Elizabethtown was recently awarded $250,000 in damages stemming from a medical malpractice case. This was after the couple rejected a pretrial offer from the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a doctor who worked there and treated the husband. Instead, the couple wanted the case heard before a jury.
A recent report shows that medical malpractice payments have been on the decline for eight consecutive years, while reports of injury and death caused by medical error are not. The report, released by the consumer group, Public Citizen, said 9,758 payments were reported last year totaling $3.2 billion, the lowest in eight years. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that more than 700,000 Medicare patients suffered avoidable medical injuries with 80,000 suffering a fatal outcome. The reports indicate that while malpractice payments may be down, the instances of medical error have not improved. The advocacy group believes the data proves that rising health costs cannot be blamed on the number of malpractice payments. The report entitled, "Malpractice Payments Sunk to Record Low in 2011," was based on data provided by the National Practitioner Data Bank, the federal government's official record of malpractice payments made on behalf of doctors.
When we call 911, we feel that the best medical care possible outside of a hospital is on the way. Unfortunately, in many communities, that belief is just not true. The sophistication of the medical equipment aboard ambulances varies widely from community to community and from company to company.
A recent study of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery outcomes demonstrates that doctors who regularly perform ACL reconstructions achieve better outcomes with more experience. The more than 100,000 ACL surgeries performed every year provided a broad pool for the study, which drew from data from New York's Department of Health database. The study was presented before the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.