Every year, countless people in Providence County and throughout the rest of the U.S. suffer from mistakes made by doctors, surgeons, and other health care providers. While it should be remembered that health care providers are only human, many of these errors are the result of simple inaction or negligence. A report released by the Office of the Inspector General in 2010 showed that of the adverse events included in their study, 44 percent were preventable.
Most in Providence hope that when they present to a local hospital or clinic, they’ll receive top-flight care delivered by highly-qualified and competent clinicians. In many cases, those expectations are met. Yet if a medical or surgical error were to occur, people also hope that it would be isolated to only one aspect of their care, and that it wouldn’t be life-threatening. However, sometimes one medical mistake can lead to another, and pretty soon those mistakes start getting compounded to the point of producing a tragic result.