If you are like many people in New York, you are shocked and concerned every time you hear about a medical error - especially one that results in the death of a patient. Sadly, these events happen all too often. Some research in recent years even indicates that only cancer and heart disease claim more lives than medical errors in the United States every year. There are many types of medical mistakes that may occur. Some involve medication, others involve diagnosis problems and others are related to surgeries.
Advances in modern medicine may prompt many in New York to believe that almost any medical procedure is now routine. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in childbirth. There was a time period where going through delivery could easily put a mother at risk, yet today, most couples do not expect to experience any complications. If and when they do happen, those affected by them may justly want to know why. Given how current practices are designed to limit the risks to both mother and baby during delivery, complications may then often be due to doctor error.
If you are like many people in New York, you are aware that advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming used in more areas of business and people's personal lives. The rapid pace at which these and other technologies are being implemented can feel staggering at times. When it comes to health care, AI and machine learning are being built into many programs that have a direct impact on patient care and outcomes.
When you show up to a New York hospital or physician’s office, chances are, you feel confident in the quality of care you will receive while there and have faith that your doctor will direct you down the right path. Regrettably, however, doctors, like everyone else, are not immune to making errors, but the errors physicians make can have serious, and even potentially fatal, consequences. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we understand that doctor errors have the potential to upend many areas of your life, and we have helped many people who experienced hardships due to medical mistakes pursue recourse.
People in New York may well have preconceived ideas about what happens to a person when they experience a heart attack. These ideas may be accurate in some situations but research is finding they are often wrong when it comes to heart attacks in women. It seems that women have a greater likelihood of experiencing non-traditional symptoms when they have heart attacks. Even worse, it seems that many doctors miss these signs and inaccurately diagnose women's heart attacks as something less serious.
Whether you visit an outpatient clinic physician to inquire about an ongoing illness or take a trip to the emergency room for a more sudden incident, you place your trust in the medical staff who are taking care of you. These physicians, nurses and assistants are trained, educated and licensed to provide premium care to patients seeking a medical diagnosis. Yet, there is no guarantee that you will leave these settings with the right diagnosis of your condition or a diagnosis at all.
When people in New York think about the various types of medical errors that may occur, a delayed or wrong diagnosis may often be one of the first examples that come to mind. Indeed these are notable problems that may leave patients lacking the necessary care they need for too long or possibly even ever. When the correct diagnosis is a form of cancer or other serious condition, the results may even include death.
Within the medical community, an error is often referrred to as an adverse event. New York residents who may have family members in New Jersey or who may themselves seek medical care in New Jersey should know that 14 years ago the state passed a law that is called the Patient Safety Act of 2004. This law related specifically to communication about these adverse events between physicians and patients.
For many New York residents, when they think about medical errors they think about things like being given the wrong medication, having a sponge or other item left inside the body after a surgery or failing to have a serious illness diagnosed. Certainly these are all examples of medical mistakes but there is another root culprit out there that many may not always think about: poor communication.
The main obstacle that many in New York may have in bringing medical malpractice lawsuits is challenging the opinions and contrary assertions of those who treated them. Plaintiffs in these cases are typically not doctors or nurses. Thus, there medical knowledge likely pales in comparison to the clinicians who are the subjects of their lawsuits. It is in these situations where expert opinion can be so beneficial. Often, it is another doctor that discovers a previous physician's error. Having that doctor as a resource from which to derive conflicting medical opinions can be vital to one's case.