There is simply no Excuse for Harmful but Preventable Medical Mistakes

» Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

Three different doctors injured each of their patients by operating on their patients’ wrong side of the brain; a patient complained of unexplainable pains after his surgery – the cause of the pain was a surgical instrument that was left inside his body; a patient, while undergoing surgery, was accidentally set on fire; a young man was rushed to a hospital emergency department twice due to severe headache, nausea and vomiting – he was diagnosed to be suffering from viral infection and then sent home – a couple of days after, he suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that cost him his life; other cases involved a patient whose healthy kidney, instead of the damaged one, was removed, the wrong leg of a patient getting amputated, and the wrong testicle of another getting removed.

All of the cases mentioned above are true and, sadly, all those medical errors were committed by experienced and highly-skilled doctors, and in some of the famous hospitals in the U.S.

At least 200,000 thousand cases of medical errors, resulting to serious injuries or patient death, are registered in the list of medical malpractices every year; however, an article posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that the real number can be much higher because many other cases are said to be kept hidden by hospital administrators.

Thousands of doctors have been reported to have committed, and still continue to commit, medical errors, as investigations that will prove them either innocent or guilty, are still pending. Meanwhile, patients could only pray that they do not end up under the care of these doctors.

Patients (and their families) should know that if they are victims of medical malpractice, then they have the legal right to file a lawsuit against their doctors. Because a medical error is never intended, this makes it an undoubtedly avoidable occurrence. Error or accidents, including those committed by erring medical professionals, are mostly due to negligence or carelessness. Thus, all liable parties, under the rule of law, have the responsibility of compensating their injured patients for whatever consequences their unprofessional acts lead to.

According to the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, “Surgeons are highly trained medical practitioners who are expected to consistently adhere to some of the highest standards in the medical industry. If any mistake was made during a surgical procedure that you or a loved one recently underwent, you have every right to seek compensation for all of the pain and suffering that you have been made to endure.”

Along this same line of thought, the Abel Law Firm says, “We place a great deal of trust in medical professionals, especially when they are prescribing medications or performing surgical procedures. Many patients do not even feel comfortable asking too many questions or disagreeing with healthcare professionals. While this trust is often well earned, egregious errors do occur even within the medical community. This firm believes there is simply no excuse for such harmful and preventable mistakes.”

 

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