Medication errors and other medical mistakes can have serious consequences and can result in permanent injury, or even death. For patients who receive the wrong medication or dose, this could result in serious harm particularly for conditions which require immediate treatment such as cancer or infections. Similarly, if a patient is given too much of a certain drug or medication such as anesthesia or other pain management narcotics, this could lead to permanent damage or death.Most Commonly Reported Medical Errors in Massachusetts
According to a patient safety survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, approximately 25 % of people surveyed reported experiencing a medical error within the past five years.
The most commonly reported medical error was a misdiagnosis of a medical condition, which made up approximately one half of medical treatment errors. The results of the survey are set forth below, which also shows that a significant number of people reported that they were given an incorrect treatment, surgery or diagnostic test. The results of the survey are as follows:
|Medical problem misdiagnosed||51%|
|Given wrong test, surgery, or treatment||38%|
|Given wrong or unclear instructions about follow-up care||34%|
|Given incorrect medication (wrong dose or wrong drug)||32%|
|Got an infection as a result of test, surgery, or treatment||32%|
Source: Harvard School of Public Health
Thanks to increased media attention over the past several years, the topic of preventable medical errors has gained more public attention which will likely lead to further studies and hopefully helpful solutions.
As stated by several prominent patient care researchers and consumer advocates, the “dirty little secret of medicine is that there are a lot of medical errors” and for years the problem was not taken seriously until it grew to proportions where it was too difficult to hide.
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of a medication error or other medical mistake, you may be entitle to recover compensation for your injuries and other financial losses including damages for loss of future earnings or reduced earning capacity, damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress or loss of companionship from a loved one.
Medication errors and surgical errors can result in serious harm and you have the right to recover for your injuries. Unfortunately, many people feel their injuries are not serious enough or they feel that their medical provider’s mistake was not preventable, however, it is important for patients to be their own advocates and to hold hospitals, clinics, doctors and other health care providers accountable when medical negligence occurs. The Massachusetts medical malpractice attorneys at Curran & Desharnais, P.C., provide experienced, aggressive representation for people who have been injured due to medication errors, surgical errors and other instances of medical negligence.
If you believe you have suffered injuries as a result of a medical error attorney Joseph K. Curran, Jr., Esq. at Curran & Desharnais, P.C. at 781-277-3262 to discuss your rights.
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