The last thing you want when you're at the doctor's office is a doctor who may give you a sickness or disease. If you're in surgery, you could be susceptible to any little bug, and your body could be weak as you heal. This is when a sickness can be very dangerous.
Diagnosis errors made by doctors and other medical professionals are much more common than a lot of people think, and they can have incredibly drastic results. In fact, they've been linked to about 10 percent of all patient deaths. Every year, there are also hundreds of thousands of incidents in which people are harmed. Many of these incidents lead to medical malpractice cases.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice can appear in many forms. When the time comes to seek long-term care for the elder members of a family, nursing homes are among the first options. This occurs when the elders are no longer able to care for themselves and function safely.
If you are about to undergo medical treatment in a hospital or physician's office setting, you are right to want to know the worst that might happen. Patient self-education is becoming an increasingly important tool in preventing health care negligence. This is because with an education, the patient can ask the right questions of his or her care providers and have a better chance of spotting any danger signs before treatment begins.
After several years as the subject of controversy in the health care industry, a medical device is reportedly under investigation by the FBI. A version of the device, called a laparoscopic power morcellator, was taken off the market last year amid evidence that it spread cancer in some women treated with the product. Now, the FBI has apparently stepped in to look more closely into the use of the laparoscopic power morcellator.
By its very nature—a place where sick or injured people gather—an emergency room is sometimes a frightening place. However, this is where Denver residents must go when urgent treatment or care is necessary. Despite the fear, most people trust the emergency room staff to assess their unique situation quickly and prescribe the right treatment. However, medical malpractice can and does occur in an emergency room setting.
Colorado residents interested in warnings by the Food and Drug Administration may know that in November 2014 the FDA warned that a device used to break up intrauterine growths might be instrumental in causing cancer to spread. Some insurers, including UnitedHealth, require authorization, without which the procedure is not paid. Others, including Highmark, no longer cover procedures that use the device.
People in Colorado may be interested in a recent case in which a large medical concierge firm was found to be liable for the malpractice of one of its doctors. A jury returned an $8.5 million verdict against the company following a trial in Palm Beach County, Florida.
For Colorado women who have been diagnosed with conditions that doctors urge be treated with hysterectomies, careful consideration should be made before undergoing a laparoscopic surgery that uses power morcellation. The procedure has recently come under scrutiny because it may spread cancerous fibroids in the abdomen under certain circumstances. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released information regarding the devices that has drawn attention to many some of dangers associated with the procedure.
Colorado residents might be interested to learn about some new research that is being done on the award caps that are placed on medical malpractice lawsuits. In many states, compensation is capped at a certain amount for damages that are not financial. These non-economic damages could be things like the loss of a child, damage to a woman's reproductive system or permanent pain suffered by an elderly retired person.