Alarming Facts about Medical Malpractice


Regardless of the possibility of differences between states on the standard of care that health care professionals and institutions should provide their patients, one principle remains the same – that patients should be given the best care which will help them remain healthy, help them recover from their ailment/s, or prevent their illness from becoming worse.

The outcome of thousands of medical treatments, however, are far from being favorable as medical malpractice due to a single, or a series of, negligent act/s lead/s either to severe patient harm or death. And, sad to say, but medical malpractice is an alarming reality in the US, probably worse than most Americans realize, as national statistics show that it claims about 225,000 lives annually: about 106,000 deaths are due to severe side-effects from drugs; 80,000 are caused by nosocomial infections (infections acquired in hospitals or other healthcare facilities after being admitted for health complaints other than infection); 12,000 are due to unnecessary surgery; 7,000 are caused by wrong medication; and, 20,000 because of different types of hospital errors.

Despite these alarming numbers, however, very few lawsuits for malpractice claims have been (or are being) filed in courts all across the US, thus, not bringing to light the reality of malpractices that result to injury or death. Even with the least suspicion of a possible medical malpractice, the victim or his/her family, should immediately contact the Green Bay personal injury lawyers, who can provide vital help in assessing the situation, as well as the possibility of legally making malpractice claims.

One concrete result of medical negligence is cerebral palsy, which is an abnormality in the unborn or newly born child’s brain development, resulting to impairment in muscle coordination and disruption of cognitive development. Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that affects thousands of babies; this injury makes activities, such as talking, walking, eating and playing, difficult for a child.

By exhausting all necessary means, more so the use of technology, doctors may be able to help future couples, as well as those planning to conceive more children, avoid or prevent any risks that can lead to cerebral palsy.

The use of modern medical devices should be maximized by health care professionals and institutions; however, too much dependence on these or allowing those inadequately trained to operate these should never be the case. For no matter how modern and well-designed a device is, making it perform a doctor’s tasks or entrusting its operations to a poorly trained doctor or medical staff, only spells “DANGER.” These scenarios always prove harmful to many patients, just like what many of those who have undergone minimally-invasive surgeries with the da Vinci robotic surgical system complain about.

The da Vinci Surgical Robot was designed by Intuitive Surgical and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2000 for use in minimally-invasive surgical procedures. Besides calling their robotic surgical system a “state-of-the-art robotic technology,” Intuitive Surgical also declared that their creation will enable surgeon to complete even complex and delicate procedures with only a few small incisions, with greater accuracy, control, dexterity and clearer vision.

Not long after it was made available, though, injuries started to be reported, with some claiming that the device had a flaw, while many others blame the injuries on the doctor’s lack of training in properly operating the device. Reported Da Vinci surgical dangers included burns, punctured vessels or organs, excessive bleeding, intestinal tearing, uterus lacerations, and death.

Medical authorities declare that medical malpractice is a completely preventable thing as it is nothing more than a result of negligent acts. Thus, due diligence may all be what is necessary to avoid it and whatever injurious effects it may cause.