According to the Journal of Patient Safety, approximately 440,000 people die every year as a result of preventable medical errors. To put things into perspective, this number is higher than the number of people who die from heart disease and cancer. That said, many people do not believe injuries caused by a doctor’s mistakes would ever happen to them—until they do. What is Medical Malpractice? Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, dentist, nurse or anyone in the medical field provides a substandard level of care, ultimately causing emotional trauma, injury or even death to the patient. The most common type of medical malpractice claim happens when a medical professional is negligent in conduct or care of a patient. Most attribute medical negligence to surgical errors or other types of procedures, but medical negligence extends beyond that. Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose a severe illness accounts for a large…
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Last year, a family fled California to New Jersey to keep their daughter alive. In California, hospitals may terminate life support for terminally brain dead patients. New Jersey, on the other hand, accommodates patients who are declared brain dead and does not accept it as a final declaration of death. In the case of this family, a California doctor misdiagnosed their daughter as brain dead and almost killed her. Doctors Pushed for Risky Surgery and Botched It A girl diagnosed with sleep apnea was scheduled for surgery at an Oakland, CA hospital. Rather than treating the 13-year-old girl with a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP), the doctor opted for a complex and risky surgery that drastically increased the risk for hemorrhaging after the procedure. After the surgery, the hemorrhage risk was not reported to the medical staff working in the post-anesthesia care unit or the pediatric intensive care unit….
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