No Rhode Island resident wants to receive a bleak medical diagnosis. Similarly, nobody wants to have a potentially serious condition overlooked, only to worsen for lack of proper and prompt treatment. These are just some of the types of medical errors that may lead to injury or even death. While it seems that the media continually offers some report of medical negligence, how can you feel secure in the safety and reliability of your health care today?
Doctor mistakes can cause serious problems, especially in a hospital setting. You might think that these errors are few and far between. Unfortunately, as we’ve discussed in previous posts, medical errors occur more frequently than people might realize. At DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd., we are prepared to help Rhode Island residents find justice if a doctor error caused harm.
There can be few things quite as frightening to people as an invisible, yet life-threatening illness that carries little to no symptoms. The attorneys at DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd., have represented numerous Rhode Island clients who were harmed by doctors who failed to diagnose serious medical conditions.
Cosmetic surgery has never been more popular for residents of Providence and elsewhere in the country. With average fees ranging from $371 for Botox injections to $6,550 for a facelift, plastic surgery is becoming more affordable for those in almost every income bracket. However, states the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it is vital - and can save lives - only to choose physicians who are officially certified in cosmetic surgery procedures.
A visit to the emergency room is not something most people in Providence would look forward to, even under the best circumstances. Aside from considering the fear and pain of a situation that could land a person in the ER, there is a widespread belief that emergency room waits are overly long. In recent years, many hospitals across the country have made improvements to their procedures that get patients in and out of the ER in an efficient and streamlined way – at least in comparison to the way things were run before. However, ER wait times remain a concern for many patients, especially if a mistake may lead to someone not being treated quickly enough in a life-threatening emergency.
You may understand that it takes years of education and hands-on training to become a medical professional. For many medical students, part of this training includes serving as resident interns in a hospital or medical facility. It would not be unusual for you to be helped by a resident if you visit an emergency room in Providence. At DeLuca & Weizenbaum, Ltd., we understand that it is essential for residents to gain hospital experience, but we also know that it is common for medical residents to suffer from stress and fatigue. This may result in serious medical errors.
No matter if you only go to the doctor every few years or work closely with your physician to manage a chronic medical condition, your primary care doctor is likely the physician that you know the best. In fact, you may have had the same primary physician for years. That does not necessarily mean, however, that your primary care doctor is incapable of making preventable and/or dangerous mistakes. We here at the law offices of DeLuca & Weizenbaum, L.T.P., have handled a large number of cases revolving around serious and fatal injuries caused by negligence on the part of primary care physicians.
When it comes to undergoing a particular medical treatment or surgical procedure in Rhode Island, many patients only consent because they trust in the extensive training and practical experience of their doctors. What happens in cases, then, when a particular physician has not actually practiced medicine in years? As it turns out, thousands of doctors reenter the workforce every year after taking extended breaks from practicing, and many of them face inconsistent requirements for treating patients again.
When patients in Rhode Island go into emergency departments, doctors’ offices or other medical facilities, they rarely expect to develop worsened conditions due to doctor errors or negligence. In health care facilities of all kinds, central-line associated bloodstream infections, or CLASBIs, are a common issue. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there are anywhere between 84,551 and 203,916 central line-associated bloodstream infections each year. These often develop in addition to the conditions that patients were initially being treated for, and commonly result in worsened conditions and, in some cases, even death.
Cancer is a scary word. When the possibility of the disease is brought up by a physician, most patients are anxious to initiate all necessary tests. The results of these tests, however, may not always be accurate. When a pattern of inaccuracy in medical tests is discovered, it may result in changes to the way in which diagnoses are determined.