One of the most dangerous hospital-acquired infections is methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This infection is not something a patient ever wants to hear that they have developed.
Delayed diagnoses are a significant problem in the medical world. While a diagnosis is delayed, a patient often goes without a necessary treatment. Without the appropriate treatment, the patient's medical condition could get worse or even end up becoming terminal.
As a patient who has suffered from the results of medical malpractice, the last thing you'd want to find out is that states were considering providing immunity to doctors and medical providers. Immunity could mean more mistakes with fewer repercussions.
Asthma is a common chronic disease in America. It's important that a medical provider accurately diagnoses asthma as early as possible to help prevent life-threatening complications of the condition.
If you found out that your surgeon operated on you without the appropriate training, you would be mortified. If you suffered injuries as a result, you'd have a good reason to start a claim against that medical practitioner.
If a doctor causes a mistake that leads to your injury, you want that person to be reprimanded and to face penalties. If not, then your injury may happen again to another patient. A report out of Florida is concerning, because it claims many doctors who are sued for malpractice aren't punished.
A jury has ordered Leon Medical Centers to pay $13 million to a man who has been left blind following a cataract surgery. The 80-year-old man had surgery to correct cataracts in 2013; he chose to go to Leon Medical Centers because of its reputation as a popular Medicare clinic.
Imagine being unable to collect the full amount of compensation a jury decides you deserve for a medical mistake. You suffered, and with your testimony, you won your case. Now, the court says that you've been awarded millions, but you'll be capped at $500,000 regardless of your needs. It doesn't seem fair, and the Florida Supreme Court has determined that it isn't.
In Florida, there were caps on the awards that could be given for medical malpractice claims. As of a report from June 28, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled these caps as unconstitutional. The court ruled them as unconstitutional because they limit the rights of patients to recover compensation for medical negligence.
When you go to the doctor because you have something wrong with you health wise, you expect the doctor to listen to what's ailing you and take appropriate steps from there. You certainly don't expect that you will be rushed and that nothing is going to be done. Unfortunately, patients are often rushed just because of the need that doctors have to see multiple patients per hour.