You went to your doctor because of a little ache that was getting in the way of your happiness, or preventing you from doing your job at the law office where you work. You did everything the doctor said for the headaches and the cramps, but now you’re suffering far worse than before.
The "cure" that your doctor prescribed, and the treatments you received, have left you with severe injuries. Now you want answers.
Medical errors are happening all the time
Medical mistakes are happening in hospitals and doctors’ offices every day throughout the country. Most of these errors remain undiscovered. Many of the patients who suffer from a medical error escape without serious injury, or they can quickly recover from the problems that arise. However, some patients are not so lucky.
Scary examples of medical negligence
Let’s take a look at some of the most frightening medical errors a New York City patient might encounter.
- Treatment of the wrong person: You might get rolled into the operating room for a routine hernia operation and wake up later, shocked to discover that a cardiac surgeon has performed an angioplasty procedure on you. Although this sounds crazy, it’s not uncommon for doctors to confuse patients with similar names.
- Getting a "surgical souvenir": A surgical "memory" is something that a surgeon or the surgical team leave inside your body, like a clamp, a sponge or something else. Symptoms could include sudden swelling, fever or pain. If you get a surgical tool left inside you, seek immediate assistance to have it removed as the consequences can be deadly.
- Losing a patient: Patients who are taking a lot of medication, or patients in any compromised mental state, could wander away and get lost. Some of these patients have even died of dehydration or hypothermia.
- Fraudulent doctors: It’s hard to believe, but there are con artists out there posing as doctors just to make a quick dollar. Always look up your doctor on the internet, no matter how fancy the office appears, and no matter how many people are working there. Make sure your doctor has an active medical license.
According to recent statistics, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Two-hundred thousand people die each year from medical errors unnecessarily. Patients who have been hurt by medical negligence can fight back by holding negligent doctors and hospitals financially accountable for their failures in court.