Doctors make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are minor and do not cause injury to a patient, but others cause grievous harm and can lead to permanent injury or death. Although women have been giving birth to babies for centuries, a number of problems can arise and if the attending physician does not respond appropriately birth injuries can result. That is the claim of a family who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the attending physician who delivered their baby and the clinic and hospital involved. This story did not originate out of New York it unfortunately, is not a story unique to any one area.
In continuation of our topic last week on common medical mistakes; an anesthesiologist and critical care physician at Johns Hopkins recently said that medical mistakes are likely the 'third leading cause of death' in this country. These mistakes are largely avoidable and there are a number of strategies medical facilities can adopt to help doctors and nurses avoid these mistakes.
Every now and then the media reports on a shocking medical mistake that really makes you wonder. When we put our trust in a doctor to make us feel better by fighting a deadly disease such as cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition, we want to know we are in good hands. But according to a recent report from an internist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, mistakes are happening every day and in every hospital across the country, including those in New York City. In fact, medical mistakes or errors result in the deaths of more than 250,000 patients every year in the United States, and millions more are injured.
Picture this New Yorkers: you are injured in a minor accident and require stitches for a cut on your hand. You go to the emergency room of your local hospital for treatment and while there you suffer a traumatic brain injury in a fall that could have, and should have never happened. That was the verdict of a judge, who stated in his ruling that the doctor's negligence directly lead to the patient's injuries. The patient, who was 17-years old at the time, went to the emergency room for a cut on his middle finger and left thumb that he sustained while working at a window manufacturer.
New York patients expect that when they are treated by a physician they will not be further harmed. Unfortunately, all too often patients are harmed after putting their trust in doctors and receiving negligent medical care. If a negligent doctor makes an avoidable and major mistake, such as a surgical error, the consequences can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering.