If you or a loved one is preparing to undergo surgery, you might assume that the only people in the operating room will be medical professionals. However, if you're having hip or knee replacement surgery or a cardiac procedure that involves implementation of a medical device like a pacemaker or stent, a sales representative from the company that made that device might be there as well.
The widow of the lead vocalist of the group Soundgarden has filed a lawsuit against her husband's doctor for prescribing the drugs that she says led to his suicide last year. Singer/songwriter Chris Cornell took his life in May 2017.
Many people suffer job burnout at some point in their careers. However, according to a study published this year in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, over half of the doctors in this country report suffering burnout. The symptoms of burnout can include excessive fatigue, depression and even thoughts of suicide.
A Georgia mother and her young son were awarded nearly $31 million last month in a medical malpractice case involving a botched circumcision. The jury verdict came after a two-week trial in Clayton County. A certified nurse midwife performed the procedure five years ago at an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Riverdale when the boy was less than three weeks old.
Georgia patients' rights advocates, including medical malpractice attorneys, have expressed concern over some instances in which Georgia regulators have allowed doctors who have been disciplined by the state medical board to have their licenses and privileges reinstated. It's been argued that the Georgia Composite Board is too deferential to some doctors who have harmed patients or placed them at risk and that state lawmakers may need to require stricter sanctions by the board.
Your doctor (or another medical professional) made a mistake. You're not sure yet what the long-term consequences will be to your health and haven't decided whether or not to take legal action. However, to add insult to injury — literally — no one has fully explained what happened or apologized.
If you think that your family will never be touched by the horrors of medical malpractice, we urge you to think again and to be cautious. Most victims of medical malpractice, especially those suffering serious or catastrophic injuries, thought the same thing when they went to a medical facility for help.
Medical malpractice can take many forms from a medication error to delayed diagnosis. While it may seem impossible to comprehend, surgical errors are a common type of malpractice. Examples of surgical mistakes causing severe injuries include:
One Atlanta doctor who bills herself as "Atlanta's most experienced cosmetic surgeon" has come under recent media scrutiny. She has four malpractice lawsuits pending against her. She's settled five others.
For a lot of people, going under the surgeon's knife isn't nearly as intimidating as going under anesthesia. However, anesthesia has changed a lot in the last few decades and is critical to many surgical procedures.