The average person goes to the doctor about four times per year. You might see your doctor more or less frequently, depending on your personal healthcare situation. When you visit the doctor, you place yourself and your well-being in his or her hands, trusting in your healthcare professional’s training and judgment to keep you safe and healthy.
Something you might be less than thrilled to learn, then, is that, in the United States, cancer and heart disease are the only two things that cause more deaths than medical negligence. That’s right: medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. So while it may come as no surprise that, just a few years ago, over $3 billion in damages was paid out for medical malpractice lawsuits, that doesn’t make the fact any less alarming. Read the rest »
Spinal cord injuries often occur from traumatic events, such as a car crash, but they can also be caused by medical malpractice. Patients who undergo surgery in the spine can sometimes face spinal cord injury if the surgery is performed incorrectly.
If you have recently undergone surgery in the spinal cord area, pay attention to these signs that your spine could have been injured. Read the rest »
When individuals are called as witnesses in a courtroom, they are instructed to tell the truth. “The whole truth and nothing but the truth.” However, not everyone who takes this oath honors it fully. In addition, many individuals do stick to the truth but omit critical details or gloss over important information. After all, witnesses are human and generally wish to be perceived in a positive light.
This is perhaps especially true when the witness being called is either the subject of the case in question or is a colleague of that defendant. In medical malpractice cases, many physicians who have been accused of negligence are called as witnesses. In addition, many colleagues of these physicians are also called to testify. Read the rest »
The media, physicians, researchers and even the government spend a great deal of energy inspiring the American public to be proactive about their health. Organizations and individuals alike stress the importance of physical exercise, a healthy diet and various positive lifestyle choices in order to help American adults avoid the two leading causes of death in the U.S.: cancer and heart disease.
However, shockingly little is said to prepare Americans to avoid the third leading cause of death in the U.S., which is death resulting from medical errors. Perhaps the media and other prominent voices are quiet on this subject because they mistakenly believe that little can be done to prevent medical errors. But thankfully, much can be done to prevent a great many of these deadly mistakes. Read the rest »