One of the reasons that medical care is so costly nowadays is because doctors have to take out large malpractice insurance policies to cover them in case their patients file a lawsuit against them. Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) are one type of doctor that gets sued quite a bit more often than others. There are some trends for why these women's health professionals often face lawsuits.
Birth injuries are a type of trauma that a newborn suffers during the labor and delivery process. National Institutes for Health (NIH) data shows that only 0.06 to 0.08% of all babies in the United States suffer an injury while they're being born. Those same statistics also show how less than 2% of babies die from birth injuries each year. Newborns are most vulnerable to getting seriously hurt when they're traveling within the birth canal.
If there's one piece of advice that patients are given when they're diagnosed with a medical condition and told that they should consider having a surgery, it's that they should weigh their options carefully. What most people mean when they say this is that patients shouldn't assume that surgery is the best option for them as another treatment may be more ideal. Very few patients take this to mean that they should investigate their doctor. They should though.
Doctors take out professional liability insurance to protect them from being held personally liable for any indiscretions that they may make. There are common reasons that doctors end up being sued here in the United States.
Under California law, plaintiffs in medical malpractice suits cannot get more than $250,000 for pain and suffering damages. This cap was set back in 1975, and there have been no increases to it in the nearly 45 years since.
When you get wheeled into the operating room to have a procedure performed, you put your life in the hands of the surgical professionals who are taking care of you. Although nurses and physicians are some of the most trusted professionals in the nation, they are human and can make mistakes. Surgical errors made by medical professionals, however, have the potential to cause long-term damage and may even kill unsuspecting patients. One of the most surprising errors involves medical equipment being left behind in a patient’s surgical site.
Hundreds of thousands of people in California and across the country have had breast implant surgery, whether purely for cosmetic reasons or for reconstructive purposes following a mastectomy. It is normal to expect greater satisfaction with one’s appearance after getting breast implants. However, most patients do not expect their implants to make them sick or threaten their lives. Unfortunately, some patients have reported adverse symptoms after getting implants, and some types of implants are suspected to cause a rare type of cancer.
When you go into a medical clinic or the emergency room, you rely on the physicians, nurses and staff to assess your symptoms, provide a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment that may improve your condition. Yet, the rate of misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose patients in California and across the country is alarming. Every year, at least 12 million people are misdiagnosed by medical professionals in these settings, according to a report published in BMJ Quality & Safety. In at least half of those cases, serious injuries were caused because of the diagnostic errors.
New technology in healthcare is designed to minimize medical errors and improve the overall quality of care of patients. More healthcare institutes across the country are implementing the electronic health record system as a way to standardize patient care and reduce errors. Yet, some healthcare records software systems have glitches that have led to some critical mistakes and deadly medical errors.
Whether you visit your doctor or go to the hospital, the hope is that you return home feeling better than when you went in. However, as you and other Californians may be aware, healthcare facilities harbor numerous infectious elements, including harmful bacteria and viruses. In most instances, your medical team will be able to prevent you from contracting a dangerous illness during your visit, but this is not always the case.