The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion. Modern medicine and childcare practices have greatly reduced the likelihood of major incidents during childbirth compared to times past, yet there always remains a chance of something going wrong. A recently settled medical malpractice suit in British Columbia brings to a close the story of one such unfortunate incident, and it could have repercussions on similar cases in Ontario.
Even though guidelines for testing have been in place for 10 years, babies in Ontario and other provinces remain at risk for serious complications from untreated jaundice. This is because some doctors fail to follow protocol for testing babies for the common condition during the first 72 hours following birth. The consequences of this oversight can be catastrophic for babies, and the Canadian Medical Protective Association reports paying outrageous amounts in medical malpractice settlements.
Many people in the Toronto area rely upon health care providers to help them when they become ill or are hurt. In many cases the extensive training these individuals receive, make it possible for them to administer the treatment necessary to help the health of a patient improve.
In the last post in our three-part series, we want to finish off with some other tips that may help you avoid a medical error. A lot of these tips have to do with being vigilant and proactive.
Today we continue our discussion on steps patients can take to minimize the possibility of medical errors. Although there can never be a guarantee that someone will avoid a medical error, it is possible to be proactive when it comes to your healthcare.
In our last post we began a discussion on medical malpractice in Canada. Many lives are affected by medical errors each year. While there is no way for a patient to absolutely deter a medical error, there are steps an individual can take in order to protect him or herself.
Medical malpractice is a topic that does not sit well with everyone. Lots of people tend to judge the validity of a medical malpractice lawsuit based on the severity of the injuries and the few facts that they know about the case. Someone may look at a plastic surgery malpractice lawsuit as being less important than one related to the birth of a child at a hospital. The important part to remember is that in many of these cases, the victims have suffered and are suffering in ways we could never imagine.
Most people are aware that medical mistakes occur. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the error, the resulting injuries can be devastating. The errors can take many forms including the failure to diagnose, birth injuries and surgical error. According to a recent study, where surgical errors are concerned, these incidents are happening more often than they are reported.
The first stop for most people who suddenly become very ill or are injured is the Emergency Room of an area hospital. In the Greater Toronto Area these facilities routinely provide good care to patients who arrive with all sorts of maladies. As is the case with virtually everything however, there are usually ways in which the way things are run could be improved. In the case of ERs, those changes might even save a life.
Modern medicine is a wonderful thing. Today, people who are injured of become ill, have treatment options available to them that were not available even several years ago. Doctors and other healthcare providers are looked to not only to determine what is wrong with the person, but the best treatment option as well. Unfortunately, doctors do not always do this and the medical condition of the injured or ill person becomes worse. When this happens, it is possible the patient could take legal action against the doctor.