The Importance of Medical Error Reporting & Disclosure 

The Importance of Medical Error Reporting & Disclosure

 
When a pilot makes a wrong decision, he has a co-pilot by his side to assist him in correcting it. When a school teacher makes a mistake, she usually has time to realize her mistake and correct it before any harm is done. When a doctor makes an error, they are most likely the only ones who have the ability to correct and sometimes even notice it.

Like it or not, doctors are human and are very capable of making mistakes.

However, unlike most people in the workforce, when they make a mistake it can greatly impact the lives of the individual they are assisting.

According to a study published by the journal Surgery, according to malpractice records, the most common error during surgery was leaving an object inside the patient, which happens around 39 times a week.  Operation on the wrong body part or even the wrong patient occurred around 20 times a week according to their study. Not only that but these numbers were reported to be on the low end of occurrences according to the study conductors.

Doctors are not likely to report their errors, especially if they feel that the patient is not in much danger. Doctors risk legal liability, loss of reputation, loss of privileges and even license revocation. Not only do these reasons keep doctors from reporting their mistakes, but they may also fear to cause the patient unwanted distress.

Here are the top reasons why doctors should report their mistakes.

Deceiving the patient – By not disclosing the error, the doctor is interfering with the patients informed consent. This is because after an error more procedures or medications may be necessary without the patient understanding fully why it is needed.

Causing the patient even more harm – The error itself can very well cause the patient meaningless harm. However, by failing to inform the patient of the error, it could lead to even more damage. The damage may be more emotional than physical, but causing the patient to worry about why they are not recovering as quickly may lead to emotional trauma.

Lack of Justice – The patient deserves to receive the compensation that is owed to them after a terrible mistake in the doctor’s office. If the doctor fails to disclose to them their errors then proper compensation cannot be given to them.

After knowing these facts, it’s hard to see how any case against non-disclosure could ever triumph.  It’s clear that non-disclosure is a deception to the patient and in clear conflict to doctor-patient relationship ethics. Doctors must rise above their human nature and admit if they make a mistake by placing the patient’s welfare above their own self-interest.

If you or someone you know has ever been subject to a mistake made by a doctor or health care physician you could very well be entitled to compensation.  Call our office for a free consultation and we will do our best to win justice for you, (903) 526-1600.


Are Births By C-Section Too Common?

Are Births By C-Section Too Common?

If a mother giving birth is at low-risk for any complications should she still receive a c-section?
The obvious answer would seem to be no, but according to some hospitals, the answer is a perplexing yes. In California low-risk c-sections occur 11.5% to 68.8% of the time.
Some of the varying details that contribute to the final decision are:
1. The size of the baby
2. The pattern on the fetal heart rate monitor
3. Labor progress
4. The hospital
5. Personal preferences
Consumer reports indicate that the odds for an expectant mother to have a c-section are over 9 times higher if you choose the wrong hospital. This is an issue for many mothers because c-sections do have some risks to babies, and can create some complications to the mother.
Some of the risks associated with C-sections include:
1. Hemorrhage
2. Infection
3. Post-partum depression
Also, keep in mind that first-time mothers are at a greater risk for needing a c-section if their first birth results in a  c-section.
In hospitals that have a low rate of c-section, it's important to note that they also tend to have doctors who work shifts and earn a salary. The doctors in this situation are at the hospital no matter what and tend to be more patient with women in labor. The large difference in percentage is in direct correlation to the higher cost of c-section as opposed to a natural delivery. Doctors and hospitals simply earn more income when they recommend patients to surgery for their birth process.
We know the frustration this can cause families who are most likely too distracted and excited to think of these issues in the heat of the moment. Giving birth to your child is a big deal and it's important for each of us to spread the word about these issues to everyone in our community.
If you or someone you know has suffered from an unnecessary c-section please don't hesitate to call our office today for a free consultation. We will work with you to make sure you get the help you need for yourself and your new little family member. (903) 526-1600


3 Helpful Facts for Telling Between a Good Surgeon and a Bad One

3 Helpful Facts for Telling Between a Good Surgeon and a Bad One

Getting surgery performed on you is a big deal, and for most people, it doesn't happen very often.
It can affect many aspects of your life so it's important that you're careful to find the best surgeon for your needs.
What some people don't think about when selecting their surgeon is that not all of them are created equal.
If your surgeon has received a large number of patient complaints, it's likely that you will also experience surgical complications as a result of their bad service.
Three helpful facts about how bad surgeons can create bad medical experiences: 

  1. Unhappy surgery patients that experienced rude behavior from their doctor are more likely to sue the surgeon in the event of a surgery error or complication.
  2. A disrespectful surgeon can negatively affect the entire surgical team and possibly lead to more medical errors.
  3. According to a study by The Journal of American Medical Association. Patients treated by a surgeon who had many negative patient observations experienced 14% more complications.

Because of these facts we want to remind you all to always read reviews and look around for the best surgeon in your area. You are about to start a lengthy process to get to optimal health, but the most important step is deciding on the surgeon who will bring about the best results.
If you or someone you love has been negatively affected by a bad surgeon please call our office at Martin Walker Law today to schedule a free consultation. We have the experience it takes to make sure you get the compensation you deserve as a result of your injuries. (903) 526-1600