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Hospital settles emergency room malpractice case

A hospital in another state recently settled a medical malpractice claim for over $3.5 million. Because of the alleged emergency room errors, the patient involved has remained in a coma since 2015. The woman, who worked in the food service industry and had a husband and three children, is not expected to recover.

The woman's family alleged that emergency room staff did not take her symptoms seriously when she came for treatment. When she arrived, she was having a hard time breathing. She also had a documented record of problems with her kidneys and had been diagnosed with diabetes.

Interesting statistics about medical malpractice claims

While there is a constant suggestion in the media that doctors are facing a barrage of medical malpractice lawsuits, often frivolous, the actual numbers paint a bit of a different picture.

At least in the state of Michigan, people do not get hefty payouts for medical malpractice claims, at least relative to other states. By dividing the total dollar value of claims paid by the number of Michigan residents, one study concluded that, per resident, around $5 got paid for medical malpractice claims between 2012 and 2016.

Hospital negligence can take many forms

Very few Michigan residents actually enjoy going to the hospital, whether it is to recover from an illness or injury or to have a surgery.

Aside from not feeling the best, being surrounded by all kinds of medical equipment and different professionals and other staff can be a little intimidating, even when the staff are taking the utmost care in their jobs and things go well as a result.

The most common causes of emergency room errors

When patients in the Detroit area go to the emergency room, either on their own or via ambulance, it is because they need immediate and prompt medical care.

As a result, emergency rooms are often high-stress places, with doctors and other staff having to work quickly to treat patients, oftentimes saving their lives in the process. As with any other high-stress environment, mistakes are more likely to happen.

Can medical malpractice cause cerebral palsy in newborns?

A new baby is a wonderful gift. As new parents, you want only the best for this precious person. Unfortunately, not every birth goes as planned and some parents find themselves grappling with a life-changing diagnosis for their child.

Cerebral palsy is quite common in the United States, and remains one of the most serious medical conditions that can result from a birth injury.

Michigan midwife accused of fatal judgment error

Like some other states, Michigan parents can opt to delivery their newborn children at home with the help of a midwife. Many do just that for a variety of reasons. In fact, reports suggest that, in 2017, 1,283 Michigan women decided to have their children at home by using a midwife.

Unfortunately, home births do not always go as expected. In such cases, midwives, like any other medical professional, either need to be able to resolve any unexpected issue that threatens the health of the patients or see to it that the mother and child get to a hospital as quickly as possible.

Misdiagnosis is a common reason for med mal claims

According to a couple of recent studies, one error that commonly leads to medical malpractice claims is misdiagnosis of a patient's condition. One of the studies, which focused on medical malpractice claims against physicians over several years, determined that just under half of the claims, 46 percent, had something to do with a doctor's misdiagnosis of a patient's condition. Moreover, these claims account for over two-thirds, or 68 percent, of all payments made to cover claims for compensation.

Unfortunately, many misdiagnoses apparently have disastrous results for both patients and their families. In 45 percent of claims for misdiagnosis, the mistake allegedly resulted in the patient's untimely death.

Correct diagnosis is too often overlooked, studies show

When a patient is suffering from a progressive and/or fatal disease, early intervention is critical. And the first step in intervention is accurate and timely diagnosis. As just one example, many forms of cancer are treatable if caught early.

Unfortunately, misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are common in the United States. In fact, multiple studies show that they are among the most common complaints made in medical malpractice claims.

Why it is so important to insert a breathing tube correctly

There are times in which a doctor in the Detroit area will have to insert a breathing tube in to his or her patient's throat in order to make sure that the patient will breathe effectively.

In some cases, this is an expected procedure, such as during the course of a surgery in which the patient will be under sedation. In other cases, a doctor will have to act quickly to insert a breathing tube because the patient is undergoing some sort of difficulty with getting air.

Michael T. Ratton
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