The Institute of Medicine published a report in 1999 that shocked the world. The report, To Err is Human, documented the number of deaths, injuries and close calls that happened because of wrong site surgical procedures and other surgical mixups. Before 1999, no one -- including doctors -- were aware just how bad this problem was.
If you're planning to spend some time at a hospital, you should know that there's no such thing as a hospital that's free of certain risks. Patients staying hat hospitals need to be aware of these risks they're facing, so they'll have a better chance of avoiding them. Nevertheless, doctors and surgeons don't always educate their patients about what kind of dangers they'll be facing during their stays at medical facilities.
For most victims of medical malpractice in Tennessee, their first concern is getting the medical care they need in order to heal from their injuries. Second, they will start to ask questions about who is going to pay for the costs associated with that care. This is where a personal injury lawyer can help.
It seems natural that Tennessee residents seriously hurt by another party's negligence should have the ability to seek financial claims against that person. But what about family members of the victims? Haven't family members been harmed too? For example, if a husband is seriously disabled and no longer able to enjoy the same kind of activities with his wife, or can no longer have a meaningful conversation with his wife, hasn't the wife suffered a serious loss as well?
It might seem obvious that if a hospital and surgeon, and all the nurses and surgical assists, allow a surgical procedure to happen on the wrong body part or on the wrong part of the body, it must be the doctor or hospital's fault. However, the fault of the hospital must still be proven by the injured plaintiff in these cases.
A Middle Tennessee woman says that complications related to a recent surgery on her breasts have caused her to lose feeling in her chest area. She recently filed a malpractice lawsuit to recover damage for permanent injuries that have left her completely numb.
In a case outside of Tennessee, a doctor working as an immunologist and allergist has been using unapproved vaccinations for at least 10 years. An investigation into the practice of the doctor was launched after numerous complaints were filed by health care providers. Health care authorities determined the doctor committed medical malpractice, and he can no longer perform any medical procedures.
One cannot help but wonder if Alexander Fleming ever thought that bacteria will develop a resistance against antibiotics when he discovered penicillin in 1928. It did not take long for bacteria to do just that – in the 1940s, the first reports of resistance to penicillin appeared. It is estimated that what are now called superbugs kills thousands of people, leading to a fair number of medical malpractice claims.
Doctors in Tennessee making use of electronic health records (EHR) should consider how they use this tool. Many have heralded EHR as an improved way to keep records. Doctors notoriously are known for their illegible handwriting, but EHR is seen as a tool to overcome this problem. Unfortunately, EHR is not foolproof and medical malpractice cases linked to the use of EHR have been reported.
Anyone who has lost a family member or loved one will tell you that it is, by far, one of the most emotionally taxing events that can happen to a person. When the death can be attributed to the recklessness or negligence of another, it becomes even more difficult to accept. In such cases, the Tennessee legal system provides for justice for the victim as a wrongful death claim may be filed by the remaining family members.