A Kansas City resident who has gone through abdominal surgery, including robotic surgery, should be concerned if he or she begins to feel severe stomach pains accompanied by nausea and vomiting. The reason is that these are symptoms of a perforated bowel.
A nurse's aide who filed a medical malpractice case against the hospital where she gave birth is now poised to receive $50 million, which she says she will use on her son's care. A jury in the woman's home state awarded her $109 million after a trial regarding the boy's birth injury, but the mother at some point made a deal to accept $50 million at the most. While the hospital maintained that it felt its staff had cared for the woman properly, it indicated that it intended to abide by its agreement with the child's mother.
Much of the time, Kansas City residents may think of medical malpractice as something that happens when a doctor makes a mistaken diagnosis or misses something in the course of a complicated surgery. However, the reality is that medical negligence can happen under much more routine circumstances as well. While even medical staff may not think of it as they do it, even simple tasks, like moving a patient, can seriously harm the patient if the staff makes a mistake.
A previous post here discussed how a young woman died shortly after being misdiagnosed at a walk-in clinic near a college campus. A jury later determined that the student's family was entitled to $9 million due to the clinic's medical malpractice. The tragic story raises questions about walk-in care clinics in general. On the one hand, they are great when a person needs a doctor, but a primary care physician is not available, such as when the need arises after hours or on a weekend. Moreover, these clinics also can treat many of the same medical issues that emergency rooms treat, but at a fraction of the cost.
The family of a young woman from another state was recently awarded $9 million after the woman's death, according to reports. At the time of her death, the woman was attending college. She went to the urgent care clinic complaining of shortness of breath and pain in her chest. However, because her symptoms seemed relatively mild, the doctor treating her sent her home with an antibiotic. The doctor did tell her to come back if the condition got worse.
The term "aspiration" refers to the act of a person accidentally swallowing reflux, saliva or the like. Normally, this is not a major ordeal and is rather common. Take, for example, a person who simply takes a swallow of water and it goes down "the wrong pipe." However, when a person is sick, elderly or in bad health, aspiration can have deadly results. For example, a person receiving food through a tube may be at risk for aspirating, as can anyone who is lying in bed for a prolonged period of time.
According to a recent report which analyzed figures from 2018, insurance companies in Missouri paid losses on 179 medical malpractice claims for a total of almost $52.5 million dollars. This was actually a 4% drop in loss payments when compared to 2017. By contrast, Kansas had 144 payouts. However, the total paid was $25.74 million, which marked a 3% increase.
Unlike other professions, the medical profession has a nationwide database recording various misdeeds of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. The National Practitioner Data Bank is maintained by the United States Department of Health & Human Services. Basically, licensing boards, health insurance plans and malpractice carriers, as well as hospitals, can submit reports on doctors and other professionals.
A previous post here discussed how the most frequent "never event" in Missouri hospitals and nursing facilities are patient falls. As this previous post discussed, although relative common, this does not make patient falls minor, as the average payout for a fall was well over $100,000. Indeed, particularly when an elderly or frail person falls, broken bones, soft tissue injuries and even traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries are all real possibilities.
Each year, the regulator in charge of making sure insurance companies in the state puts out a report about medical malpractice in Missouri. This report is a treasure trove of information and can give lot of insight about the state of medical malpractice in Missouri. It also arguably demonstrates that malpractice carriers are not losing revenue on this type of insurance, as many proponents of medical malpractice reform often suggest.