Cleveland is fortunate to serve as the base of operations for a number of nationally ranked hospitals. Unfortunately, medical negligence and errors can and do occur, even at prestigious medical organizations.Parents whose children have suffered serious injury or illness because of a doctor's or hospital’s mistake have a number of pressing concerns. Chief among those: Do I have the ability to take legal action? A medical malpractice claim or lawsuit may entitle your child to money to address ongoing medical needs and pain and suffering. Below is information to better help you understand your rights to compensation.
More than half of medical malpractice cases go to litigation, according to a 2012 study. But many cases are dismissed, or the sides reach a settlement regarding medical malpractice damages before a trial verdict. Each case varies based upon the standard of care provided by the doctor or hospital. However, most cases involve facts where the provider disputes they have committed malpractice, and thus a trial is necessary to determine whether the appropriate standards were met.
Cleveland is home to some trusted hospitals, including the renowned Cleveland Clinic. But medical errors can occur at even the best hospitals. According to the FDA, approximately 414 blood transfusion errors occur in the United States each year. Many of these errors are a result of labeling or bedside care errors. Blood transfusion errors are potentially deadly errors. One of the most common errors in administering blood transfusions is giving the wrong blood to the wrong patient. Errors such as giving a patient the wrong blood type can cause the body to react in extreme ways.
Pre-operative procedure includes a disclosure of any risks involved with the surgery. Patients in Cleveland are required to receive information regarding the potential for medical complications that may occur during the operation and are informed of any preventative steps that should be followed in preparation for the procedure. However, patients are not typically educated about the possibility of gross medical negligence, or errors that are 100 percent preventable and should never happen under any circumstances.
Nursing care is a critical part of the treatment and recovery process for patients in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Nurses are responsible for the overall daily care of a patient and more. Every nurse has a medical duty to provide quality health service that meets or exceeds the minimum standards of care as set forth by the medical community.
When a nurse breaches these standards and fails to offer competent, attentive care, the patient can suffer harm, incur additional medical bills or endure other complications that interfere with the overall healing process. As such, the patient may file a nursing malpractice claim to recover damages.
Even during surgeries that medical professionals perform every day, mistakes may occur that have severe consequences. A Johns Hopkins study published in 2012 in the journal Surgery found that surgical ‘never events’ happen quite frequently. Leaving a foreign object inside a patient’s body occurs 39 times per week, for example. Hospital staff should follow a surgical checklist before beginning an operation to avoid many preventable mistakes, though they still may occur.
Once you settle a medical malpractice case, it is the end of the case. Part of the settlement agreement generally involves a signed release stating that the parties will not pursue a claim based on the same incident. So make sure you get a full handle on the malpractice damages you suffered before you agree to any settlement. Run the settlement offer by an attorney before agreeing. In fact, your lawyer can help you throughout the settlement negotiation process.
At the point when illness leads you or a family member to seek medical treatment, you assume your healthcare professional’s years of preparation and experience will put you in good hands. We trust our medical professionals will deliver superior care, accurate diagnosis and correct treatment. The reality is that medical professionals just like any individuals, can and do sometimes make errors. Unfortunately, when errors are made in the diagnosis and treatment of a disease such as cancer, it can cost you your life.
Early detection and treatment of cancer can have a significant effect on survival rates, especially with specific types of cancer. Failure to diagnose or a cancer misdiagnosis could take away the opportunity for a patient to receive early treatment, which may prove lifesaving. Unfortunately, if the illness is diagnosed later, too much time may have already passed, and the cancer may become terminal.