These days, patient safety is a top priority at medical facilities across the country. Doctors in Rhode Island are highly trained, skilled professionals that have access to state of the art equipment to make surgeries and other medical procedures safer than ever before. However, surgeons and doctors are also human and humans will make mistakes. Unfortunately, when mistakes happen during surgery, the patient suffers the consequences. Recently, a woman in another state was awarded over $1 million from a medical malpractice lawsuit she filed after an alleged surgical mistake.
The opioid epidemic is getting much attention from news media and governmental agencies. Climbing numbers of addicts and overdoses have resulted in intensified scrutiny as officials think of ways to stop the negative effects of opioid overdoses. Some families consider holding physicians responsible, and lawsuits for medical negligence are on the rise. Even the tiny state of Rhode Island is seeing its fair share of problems from opioid addiction. How does drug dependency relate to medical negligence?
Heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease are commonly understood as the top causes of death in the United States. Rhode Island readers may be interested in a recent report that reveals medical error accounts for an large portion of deaths, due to medication mistakes, surgical errors and missed diagnoses. Researchers feel that increased awareness, and owning up to the issue, can help ameliorate the issue.
Is technology really improving the medical world? A group of researchers wanted to test this hypothesis, so they used the 2014 Rhode Island Health Information Technology Survey to asses whether Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology is improving the patient/doctor experience. The EHR was originally designed to prevent doctor error, but some have raised criticisms of the technology, as a recent news story reports.
One common theme may often hear in cases involving medical malpractice in Providence County is that plaintiffs decide to take action in order to prevent others from having to experience what they did. Many of those that we here at DeLuca & Weizenbaum LTD share those same sentiments. Yet even still, medical errors still occur, with the same ones often being repeated in certain cases. The reoccurrence of such errors may be due to inefficiencies in providers’ own internal reporting systems.
Patients in Providence County place a great deal of trust in the doctors that treat their various ailments and injuries. Typically, they are willing to invest such trust due to a clinician's educational background combined with his or her experience. Of course, no two patients are alike, and neither are the ailments they may be suffering from. As a person's medical issues become more complex, specialty providers are often required in order to render the right treatment. This may lead some to question if medical error rates are linked to provider specialties.
Your concerns about your medical treatment likely begin and end with your face-to-face interactions with your provider. He or she diagnoses you, treats you, gives you advice and then sends you on your way. Yet there is a whole other element to your medical care that you do not see yet is just as vital to your safety. As many in Providence County and throughout the rest of the U.S. are discovering, documentation errors are becoming a new problem facing both patients and providers today.
Many of the medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Providence County may focus on things that a doctor did not do that ended up harming his or her patients. Yet many may not realize that there are cases at the other end of the spectrum where providers may be accused of performing unnecessary treatments. Healthcare may be one of the few industries where the age-old term “better safe than sorry” truly does not apply. That is because unnecessary medical treatments can present just as a great a risk to patients as misdiagnoses and other forms of provider negligence.
As healthcare providers in Providence County are only human, they are subject to judgment errors just like everyone else. The outcomes of their errors, however, are often tragic. Indeed, information shared by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows medical errors to be the third highest cause of death in the U.S.
Medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Providence County may often list multiple defendants. That may be due to those initiating such action believing that several parties failed them in their cases, from the doctors and clinicians that treated them to the facilities where they were seen. Those hearing of these cases may think that in order for an award to be granted to a malpractice victim, a jury must find every defendant listed in a case as being liable. That actually is not the case.