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4 essential pieces of evidence for proving medical malpractice

Doctor errors and other health care mistakes are a significant problem in the United States. According to Forbes, 200,000 people die annually due to medical malpractice, yet its victims who survive often face an uphill battle in seeking recourse. That does not mean that it is impossible or that you should not seek justice, though. In fact, the opposite is true: the more people who come forward, the more change will be made to encourage accountability in health care. If you are courageous enough to speak up, you should be prepared to furnish several pieces of evidence in your claim. These four are particularly important to supporting claims of medical malpractice.

Common medical errors in the United States

When you visit a health care professional, you place your trust in him or her to assess, diagnose and treat any medical conditions that you are dealing with. Mistakes in the medical field can have devastating consequences for patients that blindly trust their physicians, nurses and pharmacists. More than 200,000 deaths occur in the United States each year from medical errors that are preventable, and many more suffer from the mistakes even if they do not die from them. One step to protect yourself from medical errors and the long-term effects of them is to be aware of the most common types of medical errors.

Do patients underestimate the risk of medical error?

When you go into the hospital for surgery, your thoughts are likely focused on the immediate task at hand. You put your trust in the doctors and nurses who attend you, and although you are experiencing anxiety, you are probably comforted by their professionalism and the efficient way they go about prepping you for the operation. However, once the surgery is over, you find to your horror that the surgeon operated on the wrong shoulder. How could this happen?

Protecting yourself from prescription errors

One-third of adults in the United States take five or more prescription medications. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an adverse drug event (ADE) accounts for about 700,000 emergency department visits every year. How can you ensure that the medicines you take are the right ones? By following these tips:

5 common types of medical malpractice

As much trust as we place in our doctors, they are human too. Even in the realm of medicine and treatment, mistakes happen and the consequences can significantly impact a patient's life. Luckily, it is possible to be compensated for medical malpractice if this happens.

Wrong patient, wrong treatment: How faulty patient identification can lead to malpractice.

It seems simple. Doctors, nurses and other hospital employees should know who they are treating before they provide treatment. Unfortunately, and with sometimes tragic results, this is not always the case. According to a study released by the ECRI Institute, hospitals make thousands of errors based on patient identification every year.

Are hospitals doing everything possible to treat sepsis?

The recent deaths of Muhammad Ali and Patty Duke have pushed sepsis further into the public conscious. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have declared sepsis a national emergency, stating that more than a quarter-million people die from sepsis every year.

Certain kinds of bacteria can be harmful and fatal in hospitals

On August 8, 2016, Prince George's Hospital temporarily closed its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after detecting the deadly bacteria pseudomonas. The Maryland hospital determined that three infants had traces of the bacteria. Tragically, two babies recently died in the Prince George's NICU, although no one has found out whether pseudomonas was the cause of their death.

Nearly 30 percent of patients in rehabilitation hospitals are injured by medical errors

Rehabilitation hospitals provide services for people who are recovering from brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes and other debilitating conditions. Patients attend these facilities on an inpatient or outpatient basis, depending on their specific needs. Rehabilitation hospitals, like every other kind of hospital, must provide proper care for their patients.

The law that keeps active duty military from filing medical malpractice cases

When men and women join our armed forces they give up certain rights. For instance, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines cannot sue the government for injuries during training or in combat. This law is known as the Feres doctrine, named after a 1950 Supreme Court case. The court held that active duty members of the military cannot sue the government for injuries "incidental to military service."

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