The human eye is one of the most amazing and complicated parts of the body. Considering that it works very much like a highly sophisticated video camera that is connected to the brain, it is no wonder that it is a system of nerves and other organs that take a great deal of knowledge and expertise to understand.
When many people in the Kansas City area think of a brain injury, they may think of someone suffering a severe blow or other trauma to the head. These sorts of brain injuries are relatively common in connection with car accidents, falls and the like, but they are less so within the walls of hospitals and clinics.
Those in the Kansas City area who hear opinions that medical malpractice payments are getting handed out like candy here need to understand that the hard numbers tell a different story. In fact, is far from the top of the list, relative to its sister states, when it comes to medical malpractice claims. Our state falls in the middle for all key statistics, at least according to one report.
A pair of studies released recently further confirm that misdiagnoses are a big reason patients choose to file medical malpractice claims. According to one study of 1,800 medical malpractice claims, 46 percent involved either a missed or delayed diagnosis. Moreover, misdiagnoses accounted for the lion's share of compensation paid to victims, accounting for 68 percent of such costs.
As part of their jobs, anesthesiologists, emergency physicians and the like are expected to act quickly and carefully even when under profound pressure. Although not every undesired result is a case of negligence, if a physician's error causes a patient in the Kansas City area an injury, then that patient may be able to get compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. The fact that a doctor was under the gun or even in a life-or-death situation is not always an excuse for a mistake.
No matter what the cause, paralysis is a very difficult condition for a Kansas City resident to endure. It not only means the loss of movement but also other unpleasant effects on one's physical and mental health. Paralysis actually comes in many different shapes and sizes. It can include the temporary loss of movement, as well as situations in which one's muscles can be moved, but only with difficulty. In the most serious cases, a victim of paralysis will not be able to voluntarily move any muscle below the neck. This means the victim will likely need constant care and assistance.
A previous post on this blog talked about how the federal government monitors nursing homes that are allowed to take in Medicaid and Medicare patients and get reimbursed through these federal healthcare programs.
Many nursing homes in Missouri and elsewhere rely heavily on income from Medicaid and Medicare, the federal government's programs that pays most medical bills for elderly and low-income patients. As part of their agreement to take Medicaid and Medicare patients, these homes must follow detailed safety and patient care standards and submit themselves to inspection from time to time.
According to a recent study, the number of medical malpractice claims against cardiologists, that is, doctors who are experts in treating the heart, are on the rise.
A previous post on this blog talked about how hypoxia during childbirth, when undetected or left untreated, can leave an infant suffering from serious medical and developmental problems for the rest of his or her life.