When someone suffers a serious injury or death as a result of a medical error, a patient or the patient's family may decide to file a civil lawsuit. One of the goals of most medical malpractice lawsuits is to see that the error doesn't happen again to another patient. But in many cases, it does -- often at another hospital far away, where doctors haven't been warned about the potential for the error. These cases are especially troubling because they're often easily preventable.
Medical students in surgical resident programs may be too tired to function effectively while on the job, according to a new study. The report in Archives of Surgery said that student doctor fatigue can cause enough impairment to cause mistakes in judgment that lead to medical malpractice.
Approximately one in 6,000 surgical procedures carried out in the U.S. involves the type of medical malpractice in which a surgical sponge is left inside the patient after the procedure is over. This can lead to serious and even life-threatening consequences, often from infection. But patients in Maryland and nationwide should be pleased to learn that a simple and inexpensive method has been developed which may help prevent such errors.
A Maryland teenager's death as a result of "routine" oral surgery has led her family to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeons.
A surgeon who insisted he had removed a patient's tumor, despite tests and reports to the contrary, was sued for medical malpractice by a Maryland man who lost his hearing as a result of the unsuccessful surgery.
Recently, a four-year-old boy had surgery to fix a wandering eye. What should have been a fairly straightforward procedure turned into a nightmare for his parents. They learned that the doctor mistakenly operated on the wrong eye, then went on to do the operation again on the correct eye after realizing her mistake, all without contacting them. This medical mistake could cause the boy to have permanent vision damage at some point, but doctors are still waiting for the eyes to heal completely from the surgeries before they can tell.
Many medical malpractice cases are inextricably connected to errors made in a hospital. While there has been progress made in the safety of treatment patient's receive in Maryland hospitals and in hospitals across the U.S., recent studies indicate that hospital errors are occurring at an alarming rate. The frequency of hospital errors could be as much as 10 times higher than previously believed.