Sleep-deprived physicians making medical decisions. What could go wrong?
According to a study released by Johns Hopkins Medicine, fatalities stemming from medical error account for 10 percent of all deaths, making it the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Medical errors can involve medication and lab report mixups, misdiagnoses, surgical mistakes, and misuse of equipment. These errors can occur anywhere within the healthcare system, including hospitals, doctors' offices, pharmacies, nursing homes, outpatient surgery centers, and patients' homes. A patient can take proactive measures to help prevent miscommunication and protect themselves from being a victim of medical errors.
One percent of all doctors account for 32 percent of all paid malpractice claims and there is a direct relationship between the numbers of claims a physician pays and the likelihood he or she will come under suit again. The study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, was based on data from the National Practitioner Data Bank that analyzed 66,426 claims paid against physicians from 2005 to 2014.
When going to a medical doctor, most of us trust and rely on the care we receive. Unfortunately, doctors make mistakes and can cause or aggravate serious health issues for patients. When a patient suffers injury because of the negligence or fault of a doctor, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.
A New York man was recently awarded $2.3 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. According to reports, the plaintiff went for an MRI in 2010 and was given a routine injection. Subsequently, he had an additional test which revealed that he had contracted a serious infection.