Montana residents may benefit from learning more about how state laws govern civil action pertaining to medical malpractice liability. Under Section 16, 'The administration of justice", of the Montana Constitution, victims injured by medical malpractice may be entitled to full legal redress, without sale, denial or delay. In order to amend medical malpractice legislation, the actions must be approved by the Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. and Montana constitutions.
The term "wrong-site surgery" is often used to describe surgical procedures that happen on the wrong part of the body, though it is also used when the wrong procedure is done or when a procedure is done on the wrong person. This can be a cause for medical malpractice lawsuits in Montana and nationwide. The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has provided data indicating a lack of decline in wrong-site surgeries as well as some of the potential reasons why it continues to be a problem in hospitals around the country.
Montana medical patients may seek the advice of doctors when it comes to diagnosing medical problems. While the majority of diagnoses end up being correct, the problem of misdiagnosis, which is defined as a delayed, missed, or incorrect diagnosing of a condition, affects many patients annually.
Montana residents might take an interest in an article that describes the 12 most commonly misdiagnosed conditions. An MD, who is also the American College of Physicians' Board of Governors internist and chair, insisted that good doctors do not feel threatened when patients seek a second opinion.
Montana residents may be interested in the recent case of a Boston man's prolonged battle with Lyme disease. Surprisingly, the biggest problem was not the disease itself but rather the difficult of diagnosing the disease. A variety of problems caused what would have been a relatively simple treatment to become a 10-month ordeal that left the man in terrible pain and with additional health problems caused by incorrect treatments.
Residents of Montana may be interested in a recent article that suggests that medical malpractice lawsuits might be used as a tool to make the health care system more effective. According to data gathered by the National Institute of Medicine, approximately 300,000 people suffer injury and 98,000 people die due to avoidable errors in hospitals across the U.S.
Montana readers may be interested to learn that new research has revealed a connection between undiagnosed diabetes and heart attacks. The research was presented at the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Session 2014 conducted by the American Heart Association.
A jury recently ruled in favor of the parents of an infant girl who died due to a misread X-ray in 2009. The jury concluded that a radiology company and an employee's medical malpractice contributed to her death. The parents were recently awarded $1.25 million as a result of the devastating error.
When does a death resulting from medical malpractice cross the line to a criminal charge of murder? Montana residents may have heard that an osteopathic surgeon in another state is currently facing multiple murder charges as well as at least one medical malpractice lawsuit for making severe medication errors.
Hospitals and physicians are expected to maintain certain safety procedures for those they are treating, especially when surgery is involved. When an institution or physician commits medical negligence by failing to provide safe and adequate surgeries, Montana patients can be hurt or even killed. A jury in another state recently heard a medical negligence lawsuit stemming from a gynecological procedure where a woman lost both legs below the knee and almost lost her life.