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.
Transparency is somewhat of a buzzword right now in the health care industry when it comes to addressing the issue of medical errors. There is good reason for this. Not only can effective communication with patients about medical errors allow patients and their families to have a better experience of care, it can also potentially reduce the costs associated with medical care by reducing the incidence of medical malpractice litigation.
Shopping for health care services is not something we are accustomed to doing as consumers, at least not in the way we do it with other goods and services. There are multiple reasons for this, including the fact that data pertaining to the quality of health care providers and facilities is not as readily available for consumers as similar data is for other consumer goods and services. Some organizations, such as The Leapfrog Group, are working to change that, particularly through its annual hospital safety survey.
In our last post, we began speaking about the various potential causes of cerebral palsy, and particularly situations where progressive jaundice can result in cerebral palsy. Typically, of course, jaundice is manageable enough that high bilirubin can be brought back down in a reasonable period of time. In some cases, though, failure to adequately monitor jaundice can have bad results for an infant.
In our last post, we began speaking about medical guidelines and their potential usefulness for holding negligent physicians accountable for harm to their patients. As we noted, medical guidelines can serve as standards of care, but medical guidelines are not all the same.
Medical science, as readers know, is not a perfected body of knowledge that cannot be improved upon. Rather, our knowledge of human biology and how to treat patients is continuing to improve. This is obviously a good thing for patients as the way health care professionals approach medical care is continually improving.