Most in Bozeman head to the hospital or doctor’s office expecting to find relief from their ailments, not to have their problems exacerbated. However, many may find out that the mere act of seeking treatment can put them in harm’s way. According to information shared by the World Health Organization, healthcare-associated infections are the most commonly reported adverse event related to healthcare in the entire world, with seven out of every 100 patients in developed countries at risk of acquiring one.
Therapeutic medications allow countless people in Bozeman to enjoy relief from pain or sickness. Typically, the mechanism through which this relief is delivered involves suppressing certain physical and/or chemical reactions and responses in the body. While aimed at providing comfort from certain conditions or ailments, such interventions may, if applied incorrectly, cause damage. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that medication errors cause close 700,000 ED visits and 100,000 hospitalizations annually.
In general, most of those who seek medical treatment in Bozeman hold their caregivers in high regard and thus place a great deal of confidence in them. However, the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed each year in the U.S. may suggest that errors committed by clinical workers are not all that uncommon. In identifying the causes of medical mistakes, people will often search for problems that have already been linked to an increased risk of errors. One such factor is the amount of hours worked by the nursing and support staff entrusted with the care of patients.
For many in Bozeman, the high cost of healthcare may drive them to avoid visiting the doctor altogether. There are, however, many situations where immediate medical treatment cannot be avoided without facing a major risk of serious health complications or death. Experiencing an emergency still may not resolve the concern one may have about being able to afford his or her care, or worse yet, being refused service because of an inability to pay. Fortunately, the law offers uninsured patients some measure of protection in this scenario.
When people go to seek medical treatment in Bozeman, they typically do so with the minimum expectation that the clinicians treating them will be able to determine what is wrong. Yet as many of those with whom we Cok Kunzler, P.L.L.P. work with can attest to, that’s not always the case. Having a doctor mistake your diagnosis (or worse yet, miss it altogether) may lead to a delay in treatment that could prove to be life threatening. Understanding which conditions are most commonly misdiagnosed may help you avoid having to suffer from a doctor’s diagnostic error.
Certain patient populations in Bozeman may be particularly susceptible to severe health complications stemming from medical errors. Included among these are newborns. While advances in clinical science have made the process of childbirth and antenatal care seem rather routine, the reality is that this is still a potentially dangerous period for babies. Any mistakes made during or in the hours or days after the birthing process can have catastrophic effects. Sadly, it is the parents and the babies themselves that are left to deal with the consequences.
Childbirth is a natural occurrence which, for the majority of women and children, goes smoothly. Sometimes, however, problems arise and babies are injured during the birthing process. One childbirth injury that many children sustain is brachial plexus injury. Unfortunately, our staff at Cok Kinzler PLLP, have seen many babies who were injured in this manner due to the actions or inactions of medical professionals.
According to the Merck Manual, a birth injury is any type of damage that a child sustains during the birthing process. In most cases, if your child has sustained a birth injury, his or her injuries are likely to heal without treatment. However, there are certain serious birth injuries that require immediate medical care and that may have the potential to cause prolonged and even permanent medical problems.
The consequences of medical malpractice can be lifelong and even life-ending for victims. People in Bozeman who have suffered due to medical negligence may be able to recover compensation for their damages. While collecting money can help individual patients, there are additional steps that could be taken to ensure that others do not suffer the same fate. A recent decision from the Montana Board of Medical Examiners reflects that sentiment.
According to the Montana government, there are more than 350 nursing home facilities across the state. The Long Term Care Ombudsmen Program is intended to protect the rights of people living in these facilities, especially when there is a complaint. Ombudsmen are trained to help families who suspect that a loved one has suffered physical, emotional or verbal abuse.