Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences for victims which is why they should be familiar with the legal protections available to them. A recent report released by a Massachusetts state agency revealed that 20 percent of Massachusetts residents surveyed had experienced a recent medical error. A total of 5,000 Massachusetts residents were surveyed and insurance data from 2013 was used. Researchers calculated that in one year, medical errors in Massachusetts equaled 61,982 and the total cost of follow-up care needed as a result of those errors was conservatively estimated at $617 million.
It can be overwhelming to suffer harm during surgery or while under the care of a medical care provider. As a result, victims of medical malpractice and their families should be familiar with the legal resources available to help them with the damages suffered as a result of medical negligence.
A failure to diagnose can result in serious consequences for victims and their families. It is important for victims of medical malpractice and their families to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them when they have been harmed by an erroneous or delayed diagnosis.
Breast cancer is difficult enough to treat that people need every advantage they can get to help ensure that they are able to beat it. An accurate diagnosis is the first step necessary in a successful treatment. Unfortunately, there is a significant rate of misdiagnosis of breast cancer.
While most medical providers are attentive to the needs of their patients, sometimes circumstances arise where the providers appear to place profits ahead of a patient's well-being. Recently there were reports that the Massachusetts General Hospital scheduled multiple surgical procedures in a manner that surgeons were scheduled to perform procedures on two separate patients at the same time. Apparently patients undergoing these surgeries were also unaware of such a policy.