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Steps can be taken to reduce medical malpractice

In Ohio, as well as around the U.S., medical errors that cause death or injury could occur. Joan Rivers died as a result of a medical procedure. The endoscopy she underwent was elective, but it was a routine exploratory surgery. In the case of Rivers, there may have been an unapproved biopsy done during her surgery. Routine surgeries that result in malpractice usually involve other factors that lead up to the end result.

Over 85,000 medical malpractice suits each year are filed, which is a shadow of the 1 million medical injuries that are estimated to occur. In 2014, 12,000 people died while undergoing an unnecessary surgery, and medication errors caused over 7,000 deaths. Clearly, there are details related to medications that are being overlooked. This could be due to tired and overworked employees. An oversight department that monitors and enforces the maximum time shifts for staff may reduce these errors.

Medical malpractice suits stemming from surgical procedures could be lowered by enacting a quality control measure. One way to do this is to have every patient seen by an objective party after their procedure and asked a short series of questions relating to it. This survey measures immediate outcomes and gives information on patient care in the hospital. Ongoing situations, such as substandard care by a particular staff member or those due to a poorly designed system, can be taken care of before a medical malpractice situation occurs.

In the event that a person dies or is injured due to medical malpractice, an attorney experienced in this aspect of the law may be able to help. An attorney could aid the person in filing the suit and work with others in the legal system to ensure their client's rights are properly defended. An attorney could help the person in receiving damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Source: Global Healthcare, "How to prevent a potential medical malpractice case", Kate Supino, August 6, 2015

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