Much faith is placed on medical professionals. Whether a patient is seeing their primary caregiver for a routine check-up or they are seeking medical attention for an illness or injury, patients rely on their knowledge and expertise. In addition to trusting the diagnosis and treatment plan of their doctor, patients also rely on the technology and diagnostic tests used to treat them. However, both medical professionals and their diagnostic tests could make mistakes.
As many residents in Connecticut are aware, there is ongoing research that focuses on the leading causes of death in the United States. And with these results, the nation was shocked that medical errors was listed as the third leading cause.
Individuals in Connecticut require medical care in a variety of situations. Whether it is a routine visit, an illness or due to an injury, medical professionals are relied on to diagnose and treat patients. But doctors are human, and are thus subject to human errors. Mistakes can happen in the medical field, which could result in harms suffered by the patient.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine found that, according to one study, diagnostic errors were the most common medical mistakes physicians made, in addition to being the most serious type of medical mistake a physician could make. The study revealed that while it is not known exactly how many patients experience a diagnostic error, every year 40,000 to 80,000 patients die in hospitals in the U.S., including hospitals in Connecticut, and that some of these deaths may be attributable to misdiagnoses.
When people in Stamford seek treatment for a medical condition, they trust that the medical professionals caring for them know what they are doing. However, preventable medical mistakes are all too common. When a person is the victim of a medical mistake that causes a worsened condition or other harm, they may wish to pursue a medical malpractice claim. However, it is important that the correct defendants are identified when filing such an action. The following are some situations in which the hospital could be named as a defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
No one in Connecticut enjoys being sick. Sometimes our ailments are minor -- such as the common cold -- and simply staying at home and resting is enough to make us better. However, if we have an infection, a serious illness such as cancer or a serious injury such as head trauma, we need to turn to medical professionals for treatment.
When a woman in Connecticut is pregnant, not only must she have regular medical care to ensure she is healthy, but also to ensure her baby is healthy. Of course, it is possible to fall ill while pregnant. However, certain medications that may be innocuous to a non-pregnant individual can be very harmful to a pregnant woman or her baby. It is essential that physicians keep this in mind when prescribing a medication to a pregnant patient.
It is not unheard of for physicians to make mistakes when treating patients in Connecticut or elsewhere in the nation. According to a Johns Hopkins study, each year approximately 250,000 individuals in the United States lose their lives because of a medical mistake. Some of these mistakes can be found in a person's health records. In fact, according to one researcher, around 70 percent of medical records contain incorrect information. Mistakes can be made when copying and pasting information on electronic medical records, when a physician makes a typo or when a physician mishears something. Mistaken identity could also lead to the wrong information being included in a person's medical records.
Exit polls conducted by several major news outlets following the recent November 6th election revealed that 40 percent of respondents stated the issue in our nation most important to them was health care. For some in Connecticut, this may be because medical mistakes are occurring at an alarming rate. In fact, medical mistakes are the third most common cause of death in the United States. One 2016 study found that over 250,000 people annually are killed due to a preventable medical mistake.