No parent in Massachusetts -- or anywhere else -- should have to watch the life drain out of his or her child. Sadly, that is what one out-of-state mother was forced to do in August 2010. A precautionary trip to the hospital after a household accident led to what the mother says were emergency room errors that killed her son.
Massachusetts residents may have read about a hospital in a neighboring state that was recently ordered to pay a patient $12 million. The patient's medical malpractice claim was filed as the result of a surgical error in 2008. The woman still has lasting issues.
Walgreens, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States, brokered an $80 million settlement with the Drug Enforcement Agency back in June of last year. Apparently, several of the company's pharmacies were improperly filling prescriptions for narcotic painkillers, particularly opiods. The prescription errors resulted in one distribution center being suspended from providing these medications to some pharmacies along the east coast, possibly even some in Massachusetts.
Some Massachusetts readers may know that a CRP is a communication-and-resolution program that some hospitals are attempting to use with patients who suffer so-called "adverse events" in hospitals. The goal is to provide full disclosure to patients, conduct an investigation and compensate the patient or the patient's family. It is hoped that a CRP program will reduce the need for medical malpractice claims while improving patient safety.
A recent survey of emergency medical care throughout the country by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) resulted in Massachusetts receiving high marks. As a matter of fact, the state was ranked second in the nation. However, the Massachusetts Nursing Association (MNA) does not share the same confidence that the state is doing such a good job at avoiding emergency room errors.
Massachusetts readers may have heard about the little girl whose trip to the dentist turned deadly. Her parents were told she needed four root canals. On Dec. 3, they took her in to have the work done. What happened while the little girl was in the dentist's chair led her parents to file a medical malpractice claim.
Massachusetts readers may have heard about a jury on the west coast that recently awarded a banker more than $500,000 for the injuries he suffered after a surgery. He alleged that he contracted an infection after the surgery that has resulted in permanent injury to his knee. Reports indicate that the outpatient surgery center will appeal the personal injury award.
Sometimes, Massachusetts surgeons end up correcting a mistake made by another surgeon. Surgically correcting the mistake may be the easiest part of their job. Many of these doctors struggle with the moral dilemma of whether to inform the patient of the error -- essentially accusing a colleague of medical malpractice.
Massachusetts residents may or may not realize that anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of doctors become addicted to drugs at some point during their lifetime. Not surprisingly is the fact that doctors will most often abuse prescription drugs. No matter what the reason, this behavior puts patients at risk of being the victims of medical malpractice.
When people think of doctor errors, images of botched surgeries and emergency room fiascoes often spring to mind. However, even a primary care physician can be found guilty of medical malpractice. As a matter of fact, mistakes made by a primary care physician can be deadly.