A recent article on Healthline looked at a resolution program at Stanford University aiming to promote more effective resolution of instances of medical error. The program, which involves the whole Stanford Healthcare system, utilizes two separate resolution tracks for patients and their families. The first is the health system’s so-called indemnity program, which provides compensation for recognized medical errors.
Medication errors are a common occurrence across the United States, and among the most commonly cited bases for medical malpractice litigation. Two recent studies highlight the issue of medication error and why the health care industry needs to ramp up efforts to address the problem.
In our last post, we mentioned a recent report which found that failure to diagnose is among the most common claims physicians in family practice face. Failure to diagnose generally refers to cases where a physician delays or fails to diagnose a disease or condition, and which results in injury or progression of the disease beyond what would have come after a timely diagnosis.
When blood flow to the brain is somehow stopped, a stroke often results. Clots or burst blood vessels can deprive the brain of blood and, subsequently, the oxygen needed by the cells. The health consequences to patients here in Michigan and elsewhere can be devastating, if not lethal. The care given to a patient under these circumstances can make all the difference, and when medical negligence occurs, the patient is the one who suffers.
Medical error comes in a variety of flavors, with respect to both the type and severity of the injuries. Physicians are aware, or at least should be, though, that there are certain types of errors that occur more frequently than others. The types of claims that most commonly occur depends, to a large extent, on the type of practice in which a physician is engaged.
In a previous post, we began speaking about a medical malpractice case filed by a woman who was bitten by a cat and developed serious medical problems due to a failure to provide adequate medical care. One of the points we noted about the case is that the woman is pursuing the litigation on her own, without the assistance of an attorney, at least initially.
A medical malpractice lawsuit recently filed by a Michigan woman highlights how relatively simple medical care can go seriously wrong. The woman claims that she sought treatment at the emergency room of University Hospital in 2013 after being bit on the hand by her sister-in-law’s cat. The cat, which had recently been purchased on the assumption that it was a spayed female, turned out to be an aggressive, unneutered male. The bite led to an infection which got worse as time went on.
In our last post, we began speaking about the short-term complications and long-term risks associated with preterm birth, as well as some of the associated risk factors. It is interesting to note that the state of Michigan earned a grade of “C” on the recently released 2015 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.
Premature birth can be a scary for both parents and providers to deal with, not only because of the risk of short-term complications, but because of long-term risks associated with pre-term birth. Both short-term complications and long-term risks vary depending on specific factors, particularly how early the baby is born and the baby’s birth weight.
Last time, we spoke about current efforts by the Department of Defense to expand a program aimed at increasing transparency between doctors and patients when a medical error occurs. Regardless of how helpful the program is in resolving disputes when medical errors occur, it is unlikely that any such program will completely eliminate the need for litigation.