The medical profession is a highly regulated one, and for good reasons. Licensed physicians bear a major responsibility to their patients, and regulation and oversight helps ensure—or, at least, is supposed to—that the individuals in the profession are deemed to be generally competent and trustworthy.
Pursuing a medical malpractice claim is generally a large undertaking involving a lot of leg work and a lot of coordination. Not only are there evidentiary and legal issues that need to be fully explored and considered, there are procedural and technical issues that have to be dealt with and coordinated as well.
Earlier this month, a Michigan Appeals Court ruled that the family of a deceased man who had a surgical sponge left inside of his body, near his heart, for eight years, is able to sue the doctor and the hospital where the surgery occurred.
In our last post, we mentioned a recent medical malpractice case initiated by a Jackson woman who won a $1.3 million award which was deemed excessive by the physician she sued. As we noted, $500,000 of the award was for pain, suffering, scarring and disfigurement, as well as mental/emotional distress, all of which are considered non-economic damages.
A 43-year-old Jackson woman who underwent an abdominoplasty—more commonly known as a “tummy tuck”—was recently awarded $1.3 million by a jury in a medical malpractice case in compensation for serious complications which left her with permanent impairment.
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.