It shouldn't be too much to ask for Michigan residents to want competent care from the medical professionals who treat them. Yet, far too often these medical professionals fail to live up to expectations, which put patients at serious risk of harm. Perhaps the saddest part of these situations is that medical neglect is entirely preventable. A recently released study shows just how prevalent human errors are in the medical field.
It happens to just about all of us. We start experiencing some sort of symptom, whether its pain in a certain area of the body, dizziness, confusion or merely a sore throat and a runny nose; however, we hesitate to go to the doctor. Sure, some Michigan residents are concerned about the cost of medical care, but others are afraid of the diagnosis they may receive. Those who find the courage to consult with their doctor may find that their condition is something that is minor and easily treatable. Others may find that their illness is more severe, but a quick diagnosis can lead to effective treatment. In far too many of these instances, though, medical professionals either fail to diagnose a medical condition or provide the wrong diagnosis.
Many Michigan residents are anxiety-ridden when they have to go to the doctor. Their fear is often based on reports of extreme medical neglect and lack of control, both of which are very real concerns. Yet, most of the time, news stories covering incidences of medical malpractice take place far away, giving some a false sense of security. Now one of those reports pertains to a doctor in our backyard.
As scary as it may sound, no one is immune to the dangers posed by medical malpractice. Newborn babies can be subjected to traumatic birth injuries that cause brain damage and resulting medical conditions like cerebral palsy, while doctors can fail to diagnose catastrophic diseases, as adults grow older. Surgical errors can leave organs nicked and permanently damaged, and improper medical procedures can result in deadly infections. This isn't meant to deter you from seeking medical attention when you need it, but if you're reading this blog, then you or someone you know has probably already been harmed at the hands of a medical professional.
Children are amongst the most vulnerable amongst us. One reason for this is because they are less able to clearly articulate themselves. In the medical context, this can make it challenging for doctors and nurses to identify symptoms of serious injuries or illnesses and make quick and accurate diagnoses. This sometimes leads to improper treatment, which, in turn, can lead to a worsened medical condition or death.
The birthing process should be one that is filled with joyous anticipation. While this is the case for many Michigan residents, in some instances medical errors result in serious injuries and death. Although the reasons for these errors are sometimes obvious, in a significant number of cases, there is a lack of clarity. Many times, medical professionals claim that pre-existing medical conditions or poor overall health led to complications, but these claims may be veiling the truth.
At some point in our lives, all of us will experience symptoms that are consistent with one medical condition or another. The job of medical professionals is to further assess those symptoms so that accurate diagnoses can be made and effective courses of treatment can be prescribed. The challenge, though, is that there are 200 symptoms and more than 10,000 diseases, which means that a symptom could potentially be one of 50 medical conditions. This is why doctors need to be diligent in their search for what ails an individual.
Cancer is a word that nobody wants to hear. Sadly, though, many Michigan residents find themselves inflicted with the disease. As scary as this may sound, many forms of cancer can be effectively treated if they are caught early enough. However, this requires a prompt and accurate diagnosis, which requires a medical professional to live up to his responsibility. Failing to do so could lead to a worsened medical condition and a decreased chance of survival, thereby negatively impacting an individual's quality of life.
Preparing to receive medical treatment in Michigan can be scary. Some treatments are relatively minor, but others can have serious side effects and risks associated with them that can prove quite dangerous. For this reason it is imperative that patients are fully informed before making a healthcare decision that they believe is in their best interests.
Although most Michigan medical malpractice cases result in settlement, those who have been harmed by hospital negligence need to be prepared to take a case to trial in the event that settlement cannot be reached. By having one's case prepared for litigation, a victim may also give himself or herself more bargaining power at the negotiation table, which can thereby increase the chances that resolution can be reached. While a victim will obviously need to be prepared to present facts to support his or her claim, it is also imperative to anticipate any potential defenses that may be raised so that they can be effectively countered.