Healthcare workers shoulder great responsibility when they operate on another person in a life-threatening surgery or help a mother give birth. We entrust them to do their best when it comes to caring for our health and while they are entitled to make mistakes like anyone else, unfortunately the penalties from a mix up can affect another person’s entire life.
We hope that mistakes happen infrequently, but while recovering from surgery, patients face a chance of four or five procedural problems that could affect their healing, says a study done in the UK. These problems go as far as slowing down a patient’s recovery.
The chances of an adverse event happening during your hospital stay is between ten to 14 per cent.
Two common surgical errors are leaving an object, such as a sponge, in the patient’s body after the operation and performing surgery on an incorrect part of the body.
To prevent mistakes, hospitals implemented safety checklists for doctors and nurses to follow after a surgery in 2008. These lists have proven to be useful by reducing surgery-related complications and deaths by about one third, but with about half (40 to 50 per cent) of the complications caused by a hospital done during surgery, there’s still room for improvement.
Another issue is the “weekend effect” that happens in Toronto hospitals and those brought into the hospital between Friday to Sunday have a higher chance of dying.
Malpractice claims are one way to ensure patients are receiving appropriate care. Claims need to prove that your healthcare worker was negligent in the care they provided.
The most common malpractice claims filed in Canada were related to a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a serious health condition, such as cancer, that led to a patient’s death or a drug-related mistake, according to a study conducted by the Ireland Medical School in Dublin. The study analyzed claims in our home, France, Australia and the United States.
Cancer was one of the most misdiagnosed conditions, which included colon, lung, breast, melanoma and female genital tract. Also, circulatory system issues were also frequently missed, which included conditions such as a appendicitis, fractures, a heart attack or an ectopic pregnancy. For youth, claims were typically filed for a missed diagnosis for meningitis or cancer.
If you have been affected by an adverse event during your hospital stay and you feel you weren’t provided with high quality care, you can file a medical malpractice claim. The personal injury and accident lawyers at Neinstein have been handling all types of injuries for 45 years including injuries from negligent medical workers. We understand the impacts injuries can have on your life and we know how to help you. Call us at 416-920-4242. Set up a free consultation and come talk with us.