How big is the problem? Medical malpractice is a bigger problem than most people want to admit. Approximately 80,000 people die in the United States each year due partly to medical malpractice (based on an extensive study entitled "Patients, Doctors and Lawyers: Medical Injury, Malpractice Litigation, and Patient Compensation in New York," published by the Harvard Medical Practice Study in 1990, a report to the State of New York). These statistics have since been confirmed by other studies performed in California and New Jersey. Meanwhile, a RAND Corporation Study regarding health care quality by Mark A. Schuster, M.D., Ph.D., Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Ph.D, and Robert H. Brook, M.D., Sc.D. revealed that autopsy studies showed rates between 35 and 40% of missed diagnoses with most resulting in death. Numerically, this is more than three fully loaded jumbo jets crashing every week with no survivors. That number of airplane crashes would mobilize many commissions, government investigations, and a huge effort to prevent the crashes. Unfortunately, since medical malpractice injuries happen separately and privately, the effect is not the same.
Medical malpractice cases are often expensive and difficult. In Massachusetts, the claim must first be reviewed by the Malpractice Tribunal, a panel of three members, one of which is a physician. At the tribunal there must be a doctor, usually a treating doctor, who is willing to state two crucial things: (1) The Defendant doctor or health care provider "deviated from acceptable medical practice"; (2) This "deviation" caused the injuries. Without presenting this evidence to the tribunal, your claim cannot proceed.
Types of Medical Malpractice:
Birth injuries & Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is sometimes caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during birth. And Injuries to a birth mother and infant can result from a obstetrican's negligence.
Misdiagnosis of Cancer Cases:
Delay In Breast Cancer Diagnosis, if a lump or cyst is not identified or treated soon after is is noted it is possible that the provider was negligent.
Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack. One of the more common medical errors is to mistake the symptoms of a heart attack for an upset stomach or other minor discomfort. The patient is sent home untreated and suffers heart failure and sometimes death.
Delay in Treatment of Lung Cancer
Wrong prescriptions, incorrect dosgaes leading to death and serious injury.
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