EXAMPLES MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES
In November 2007, there was a case where two newborn twins were given medication at the wrong dosage – by 1000 times! They have received adult dosages instead of dosages for newborns. They were at serious risk of bleeding since the medication had a blood thinning effect. The parents were told that the babies were fine; meanwhile, the doctors were scrambling to fix the mistake. When the parents arrived at the hospital the next day, they were greeted by the risk management personnel, only to be told that their children were in critical condition. Fortunately, the twins fully recovered after 11 days in ICU. The family was awarded $1,000 000 in their Medical Malpractice lawsuit.
In one famous example, the singer/actress Julie Andrews suffered from some minor nodules in her throat. Her doctors told her that a simple operation and 6 weeks of rest will cure the problem. However, after the operation, her vocal cords were damaged beyond repair and she was unable to sing. Her medical malpractice suit was settled in a New York court.
Brain surgery at the best of times can be highly dangerous and neurosurgeons have to take extra care that they do everything according to the books. The results of negligent brain surgery are simply too severe and doctors cannot afford to make mistakes. In 2007 in Rhode Island, surgeons started to operate on the wrong side of the brain – not once, not twice, but three times! In two of the cases, they were able to correct their mistakes. The third patient, unfortunately, passed away three weeks after the surgery. The doctor in question had his license suspended for a month after the case.
How to go about a medical malpractice case
Reading about such cases can make one angry, but the fact is that doctors often work long hours and can be tired, which makes them more likely to make a mistake. Sometimes you have to give them some grace and sometimes you need to stand up and fight. That’s why the first step in dealing with Medical Malpractice is to talk to your doctor to see what can be done.
Talk to your doctor
The first thing that you need to do is to talk to you doctor to see if there is something else that he can do to remedy the situation. If he’s willing to fix what he’s done wrong, hopefully without charging you extra, there might not be a need to file a case against him, unless the costs of the effect of the malpractice were significant. If at all possible, try to foster your relationship with your doctor by allowing him to fix what is wrong and then letting sleeping dogs lie.