Burns are some of the most devastating personal injuries a person can experience. In addition to the extensive physical damage to tissue, burns also affect victims in emotional and psychological ways. Worsening an already terrible situation, treatment for burn injuries can quickly deplete a person's financial reserves if he or she does not have a safety net in place.
Nearly 200,000 people die in Colorado and the rest of the U.S. each year because of a fatal medical mistake. Technology may be able to change the underlying culture preventing clinicians from pointing out errors they witness in a situation such as a surgery. Although it's commonly believed by people in healthcare positions that the cultural fear of punishment hinders technological safety advances, technology could help the culture change to improve efficiency and safety.
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.
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.
A 2006 study from the Institute of Medicine found that every year at least 1.5 million people suffer adverse consequences from preventable medication errors. Following the study's release, states like Colorado sprang into action by passing laws aimed at reducing the instances of medication error.
Colorado residents may be aware that malpractice lawsuits are not limited to surgeons and physicians but can brought against a wide spectrum of health care workers and related organizations. Potential defendants in a medical malpractice claim may include but are not limited to pharmaceutical companies, health care facilities, anesthesiologists, nurses and chiropractors.
Many doctors in Colorado treat patients appropriately, providing them with proper care. Occasionally, however, physicians make mistakes that might cause harm and financial distress to the patient. When that happens, it may be necessary to evaluate the doctor's diagnosis and treatment choices.
Three people in Colorado were brought to the hospital after they were involved in a trucking accident on Aug. 22. The incident happened at approximately 5:39 p.m. on the northbound side of the Foothills Parkway in Boulder. A semi-truck headed north attempted to turn east onto Baseline Road, but the driver lost control of the vehicle and overturned. Two vehicles were crushed beneath the semi and others were covered in sand that dumped out from the trailer.
A recent article, which details the case of a man who may have contracted Lyme disease in Spain and was allegedly misdiagnosed when he returned to the United States, may be of interest to readers in Colorado. The issue appears to be that the Lyme disease test used in the U.S. only looks for a common variety of tick known as Borrelia burgorferi, so doctors said it must be some other illness.