There are many things that Ann Arbor residents worry about on a daily basis that rich, famous celebrities never do. However, in a sense, health care is a great equalizer -- celebrities' bodies are just as vulnerable as anyone else's, and they are just as helpless as the rest of us when they place themselves into the care of a hospital. And when celebrities suffer permanent disability from medical malpractice, they avail themselves of the legal system to seek compensation.
It's hard to read stories, like our last Ann Arbor medical malpractice law blog entry, about elderly nursing home residents falling prey to neglect and abuse. These senior citizens are uniquely vulnerable; they are often physically weak, perhaps in failing health and may suffer from cognitive difficulties as well. Yet it's important for our readers to be informed about the issue, in part because it's frighteningly common here in Michigan.
While many of us here in Ann Arbor wish we could drop everything to take care of our aging parents and elder relatives when they need it, reality rarely works out that way. Today we need to enlist nursing homes to provide care and support. This makes cases of nursing home neglect and abuse all the more troubling.
It's reasonable, or so most Ann Arbor residents might think, to expect that a surgeon preparing to operate on a patient will have the appropriate licensure to do so. Perhaps even more so, patients undergoing surgery anticipate that the procedure will be performed correctly, or at least that any mistakes would be acknowledged and appropriately addressed. A recently revealed series of medical malpractice episodes right here in Michigan, however, threatens this confidence and leaves many wondering: what about the victims?
Michigan residents often rely on medical professionals to help keep them healthy. This is especially true as cold and flu season approaches. However, all too often, doctors, nurses and even hospitals make mistakes that put people's lives at risk.
Whether their treatments are for preventative care or to deal with unexpected ailments and illnesses, Michigan residents tend to seek out medical care in order to preserve their overall quality of living. Unfortunately, not all patients leave medical facilities in better condition than when they went in.
Medical error is not as uncommon as many people might think it is. Though studies vary regarding the rate of medical error in the United States, medical error is said to be among the leading causes of death. Not all medical errors are created equal, though. Some are more serious than others and have more of an impact on the patient than others.
The Leapfrog Group, an organization dedicated to health care safety, recently released safety ratings for hospitals nationwide. The survey, which gives hospitals a rating from A to F, found that 35 percent of the hospitals in Michigan—28 out of a total of 80—were given A ratings, Nationwide, nearly one-third of hospitals showed an improvement of at least 10 percent in their performance since 2012.
A medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a Grand Rapids couple against Kent Radiology and one of its former radiologists has reportedly ended in a jury award of $1.25 million. The award is in compensation for the death of the couple’s baby girl back in 2009 when she was only three days old.
Many of us have personally experienced, or know somebody who has experienced, medical error by a health care provider. Not every case of medical error results in medical malpractice litigation, of course, but many people who are harmed by a provider at least consider the possibility.