It's rare that a visit to the dentist turns into a life-altering and potentially fatal event. However, that's what's happened for 15 people who went to a New Jersey dentist for oral surgery, such as wisdom teeth extraction. One is dead and nearly a dozen others had to have heart surgery -- all because of a bacterial infection they reportedly picked up in the dentist's office. State health authorities believe there may be more cases that have yet to be linked to the dentist.
You trust your dentist with your oral health. When your dentist doesn't take that duty seriously, you might suffer harm. There are several reasons why dental malpractice is such as serious issue. The main reasons are that improper dental care can lead to trouble eating, disfigurement, and other issues.
Members of the military sacrifice a lot to protect this country. One thing that they give up is the right to sue the government. While that might not seem like such a huge deal to a lot of people, it can actually be a very big deal for a service member who is the victim of medical malpractice at a military hospital.
Never events, which are those that shouldn't ever happen but do, are less likely to occur in New Jersey than in the nation as a whole. Some never events include major medical errors like medication errors that lead to death and wrong site surgery. While you will still be at risk of those types of issues occurring in New Jersey, your risk isn't as high as if you were in other states.
Medical malpractice issues are very serious matters because they involve patient harm. When a patient is harmed, he or she might choose to seek compensation for the harm. The purpose of compensation isn't just to get back at the doctor for the harm. Instead, it is meant to help lessen the financial impact that the harm has on the patient and the patient's family.
There are several different thoughts that a person has when they learn they are the victim of medical malpractice. The primary thought is likely going to be something to do with getting the issues caused by the medical malpractice corrected. Once you have a plan for dealing with the health issues the malpractice caused, you can move toward taking action to address the medical malpractice itself. There are several ways you can do this.
In our previous blog post, we discussed how some superbugs seem to be linked to medical scopes. Even if the scopes were cleaned according to the manufacturer's instructions, there is still a chance that particles could still remain on the scope and put patients in danger. That fact is a stark reminder that patients are at the mercy of the doctors who are treating them and the equipment manufacturers that make the products used in medical procedures.
An investigation that has been taking place over the last year has shown some shocking results that connect some cases of hospital-acquired superbugs with medical scopes. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has received figures from the Food and Drug Administration that shows that there were more cases than the previously-reported 250 cases from 2010 through 2015. In fact, the number is likely in the 300 to 350 cases range. Even that estimate is likely too low since testing for these types of antibiotic-resistant infections isn't standard in all hospitals.
Medical professionals take an oath to help people. This means that they should do what they can to help their patients as long as that help is within the scope of their skill and knowledge. Sadly, there are some medical professionals who don't abide by that oath. Instead, they act in a negligent manner that puts their patients at risk of harm.
Researchers reviewing medical malpractice cases covered in journals across the globe discovered that missed diagnoses were at the heart of many medical malpractice claims that involved primary care physicians. The researchers worked solely with data involving primary care doctors because they stated that these medical providers are often the first people to see patients who report issues.