There are a large number of potential situations that can be considered medical malpractice. While most people first thing of surgical error, some of the lesser-known categories of medical malpractice are beginning to get attention in recent years.
Medical malpractice is a large umbrella term. It is used identify anything that goes wrong in a medical setting that can cause a person temporary or permanent harm. Because it is such a large term, you will find that there are many different facets of malpractice, injury and harm that can be covered.
Medical malpractice lawsuits in Rhode Island often involve issues of informed consent. According to the University of Washington School of Medicine, the informed consent process requires that health care providers disclose to their patients any information that they may need to make a decision regarding the acceptance or refusal of a medical intervention.
The veterans returning home to Providence after fighting for the United States are supposed to enjoy the benefit of world-class health care for the remainder of their lives. Sadly, recent news has begun to raise questions about the quality of care that America’s veterans are receiving. What’s been troubling for so many who have been following this issue is that the reported cases of substandard care aren’t limited to a single facility or even a group of facilities in a single area, but rather are from countless VA facilities across the country.
It takes a good deal of courage for Providence residents to be willing to challenge the status quo. This is especially true when it comes to healthcare. Many may believe that any care given is better than none, and that healthcare providers should always be given the benefit of the doubt. The problem inherent with that line of thinking is that when patients receive poor healthcare, it almost always has drastic and sometimes even fatal consequences. Thus, it’s often left up to those patients who were the recipients of such poor care to hold those providers responsible for giving it.
The doctors who practice in Providence bring both a unique blend of education and experience to each case that they see. Patients hope that knowledge serves those doctors well in diagnosing the various maladies that they’re suffering from. While doctors aren’t immune to error, the standard of care is that they will make the best decisions regarding their patients’ care based upon the clinical evidence before them. If obvious signs of trouble in a patient are missed or overlooked, the question then becomes why the doctor failed to recognize it. Often, such failures lead to accusations of negligence.
Many in Providence were probably told while growing up that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” One hopes that advice has never been given in reference to healthcare, as patients rely upon a doctor’s initial diagnosis to accurately pinpoint what’s wrong with them, how they might fix such an injury or ailment, and what to expect during their recovery. Yet despite advances in medical science, there still is no iron-clad guarantee of accuracy on a patient’s first visit.
Nearly all healthcare providers in Providence take their charge of caring for their patient’s very seriously. A medical malpractice lawsuit isn’t meant to be an indictment on a doctor’s character; rather, most medical malpractice cases center around a doctor or other healthcare provider inadvertently making a medical error that lead to a patient’s injury or death. Yet every so often, there comes a doctor who uses the trust associated with his or her position to abuse both the healthcare system and the patients that he or she treats.
In a recent post, we talked about the concern the Food and Drug Administration expressed over the use of robotic surgeons in relation to surgeon errors. These robotic systems are controlled by surgeons and when a surgeon makes an error in judgment, a routine surgery can become much more complicated. It takes special training and concentration on the part of the surgeon to correctly operate a robotic surgeon. People in Providence may want to examine a robot surgery decision more carefully in the light of the recent action taken against a surgeon.
Every year people die because they have taken the wrong kind of medication. It is common for Providence residents to trust their doctor completely when it comes to the prescription drugs they receive, but pharmacy negligence or a misunderstanding from the doctor themselves, can put people unnecessarily at harm. Overmedication, the wrong dose, and even the wrong type of medication can lead to worsened conditions, new health issues and can even be fatal.