Whenever a person is discharged from a North Carolina hospital in a worse condition or with additional health problems than those he or she had upon admission, there may be questions about his or her legal rights. The first inclination might be to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, that is an option that typically needs legal counsel to carefully consideration to determine its viability.
Reports of things that can go wrong during surgical procedures in hospitals nationwide, including North Carolina, can lead to anxious anticipation for anyone who is scheduled for surgery. A recent filing of a medical malpractice case in another state underscores the extended period of pain and suffering that can result when a foreign object remains inside the body of a patient after an operation. This case involves a surgical procedure in 2015 that caused the patient severe health problems afterwards, and the patient didn't find out the cause until four years later.
People nationwide, including North Carolina, who consider stem cell treatment for medical conditions might be wise to heed the warnings of federal regulators. It will not be surprising to see medical malpractice lawsuits filed against facilities where these treatments are performed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported that hundreds of clinics across the country offer stem cell treatments.
In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers about undergoing medical procedures that involve stem cells obtained from fat cells. Even though such stem cell use is not approved, doctors continue to experiment on patients. A recent medical malpractice lawsuit -- filed in another state -- might serve as a warning to North Carolina residents who consider stem cell treatments because they are promised incredible results.
Punk rock fans in North Carolina might be most familiar with Travis Barker for his drumming when he performs with his band, Blink-182. However, recent headlines have had less to do with his musical skill and more to do with his ongoing medical problems. Now, the popular drummer is seeking compensation for alleged medical malpractice.
Going to the doctor can be a nerve-wracking experience for patients in North Carolina. Not only are they suffering from some type of injury or illness, but most understand that there is a chance they might not receive necessary treatment. Here are the main types of medical malpractice that patients should be aware of when they seek care.
Rendering an accurate and timely diagnosis is essential for the safety of all patients in North Carolina. Any failure to do so could result in serious and even permanent injury, as was the case for an out-of-state patient who now lives with incapacitating brain damage. A medical malpractice suit filed by her family recently ended with an award of $7.4 million for damages.
X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and other common radiology tests can give otherwise nervous patients in North Carolina a sense of peace. But just how accurate are these tests? Or perhaps more importantly, how accurately are radiologists reading the results? A recent report found that radiologists contribute to 15 percent of diagnosis medical malpractice claims.
Most people in North Carolina perform better at their jobs when they are mentally refreshed, but some professions do not make it easy. Doctors in particular face an incredibly high rate of professional burnout. This is particularly dangerous since patients' lives are on the line. Indeed, even doctors acknowledge that burnout can contribute to medical malpractice.