Learning that one needs surgery is enough to cause anxiety for anyone. The reason for this trepidation might be the frequency of reports that appear in the media about medical malpractice in Wisconsin and elsewhere. One such a claim was recently filed in a civil court in another state. It followed a surgery that brought about adverse health consequences that affected the lives of the patient and his wife.
The birth of a child to any Wisconsin family should be one of life's highlights, and when something goes wrong during the birth, it can be life-changing for the entire family. Sadly, birth injuries sometimes only become evident later when a child shows developmental and social problems. A jury in another state recently ruled in favor of a teenager who suffered brain injuries at birth. His parents filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who handled the boy's birth.
Doctors nationwide, including in Wisconsin, may not perform surgical procedures without informed consent by the patient. This is the right of a patient to be informed about the details of his or her condition, the planned treatment procedures and the associated risks. It must be presented in a language that is understandable and will allow the patient to make an informed decision about his or her treatment and health care. Failure to obtain such consent may constitute medical malpractice.
One of the problems encountered when surgical procedures do not go as planned is the fact that the patient is anesthetized and not witness to what takes place. Medical malpractice claims require proof of negligence and the failure to maintain specific standards. However, this is a challenging prospect for victims or remaining family members of those that do not survive surgeries. There are those in Wisconsin who believe that cameras in operating rooms may prevent medical malpractice.
When doctors make mistakes in the medical treatment of children, it is not something most parents will accept without taking action. While this is the type of medical malpractice case that can easily play out in Wisconsin, a jury trial recently kicked off in another state. That case involves a child who will never be able to live a normal life.
Carelessness or inattention on the part of health care professionals can cause long-term consequences for patients. The term used to describe such negligence is medical malpractice. If patients in Wisconsin or elsewhere are harmed, they or their families can sue the medical institutions, doctors, surgeons and any other medical personnel that can be linked to the negligence. Such a lawsuit was recently filed in another state after a surgeon was accused of making a surgical error.
Professionals in any occupation can be sued, but it was reported that five of the 10 most sued professionals work in the various fields of medicine. Wisconsin residents may find it interesting that the 10 areas of specialties that face the most medical malpractice claims are also those of the physicians that save the most lives. They are oncology, urology, pulmonary medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, plastic surgery, gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery and thoracic-cardiovascular surgery.
According to a recently published study online, patients in Wisconsin and other states could be at an increased risk of suffering severe cardiovascular incidents because general practitioners often miss the initial symptoms and signs of heart disease. The research was conducted by an analysis and research organization along with a medical malpractice insurance company in another state. The subject matter included over 250 cases that were based on the alleged failure of medical practitioners to diagnose cardiovascular disease in outpatient settings.
Many fears exist for Wisconsin patients when they agree to surgery. One fear is that the wrong body part or organ will mistakenly be removed by the surgeon. An incorrect surgery on the wrong body part is considered to be a "never event" because medical experts believe "never events" to be completely preventable. Recently, a man in another state was awarded almost $900,000 in his medical malpractice lawsuit for the removal of the wrong testicle.
No Wisconsin parent wishes to receive a call that his or her child has been admitted to a medical facility with injuries. One family in another state received an unfortunate call regarding their child. The family learned that their son suffered a broken arm while under the care of a children's psychiatric hospital. Due to the questionable circumstances surrounding the injury, they have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking $75,000 in damages.