St. Louis is home to some of the best doctors and medical professionals in the country. But with new cases of medical negligence and malpractice reported every day, it is not surprising that you are not too thrilled about going to your doctor when you are ill and in need of treatment.
When you visit the doctor, you probably assume that he or she is giving you accurate information, and most of the time, you are probably right. Even highly trained physicians are not completely immune to human error, however, and misdiagnoses and related medical errors do happen.
Pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement, but it unfortunately also carries some risks. One of them is your child becoming permanently injured during birth due to negligence and mistakes on the part of your medical team. These injuries are completely preventable and should not even be a risk, yet they are due to the following causes. Being aware of them can help you avoid them, catch them if they are happening or recognize if you have a medical malpractice case.
Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects muscle movement and motor skills. The brain develops abnormally or is damaged during birth. It used to be thought that CP was caused when the brain did not get enough oxygen during the birth process, but scientists know much more about the disorder today. Although there is no cure for CP, the disorder is not degenerative. However, living with CP is definitely life-changing for the child and the family.
Missouri residents may wonder if they should get genetic testing done to find out if they have certain diseases. One problem with genetic testing is that like other diagnoses, it can be inaccurate.
Many Missouri residents do not know how big the problem of childhood cancer is. Around 43 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each day, and 40,000 children undergo cancer treatment every year. Twelve percent of the children that are treated for cancer end up dying from the disease.
Missouri residents who have made the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home have many options if they suspect abuse, neglect or exploitation. The severity of the situation and the local resources that are available dictate the plan of action to combat such treatment.
Many Missouri residents undoubtedly consider plastic surgery to be fairly safe. Unfortunately, the problem with plastic surgery is that, like most surgeries, the patient has to be temporarily sedated with anesthesia. Anytime anesthesia is used, there is always a chance that something could go wrong. This is especially true when one or more of the doctors involved is negligent, as was the case with an 18-year-old Florida patient in 2013.
An analysis of data from the Institute of Medicine shows that up to 7,000 Americans die each year due to medication errors. However, new guidance from the FDA may begin to reduce that figure. The guidance is part of an ongoing effort to meet the goals of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act and aims to cut down on confusing packaging and medication names.
Missouri residents should keep an eye on their prescription medication to make sure that they are not given the wrong medication or dosage by a pharmacist. Medication errors can have serious repercussions such as in a 2010 case in which a woman suffered a brain hemorrhage after being given a dosage of blood thinner that was 10 times too high. The woman had to discontinue her chemotherapy for breast cancer as a result and died.