Misdiagnosis is often to blame for hospital patient deaths in Georgia. The National Academy of Medicine concluded back in 2015 that diagnostic errors may be the third leading cause of death among hospitalized patients and may be behind the majority of paid medical malpractice claims. This has recently been backed up by the separate reports of two malpractice insurers.
Georgia residents should know that clinical misdiagnoses may be behind the sharp increase in patients 50 or younger who have stage 3 or 4 colorectal cancer (colon cancer). A study from the Colorectal Cancer Alliance shows that 71 percent of patients under 50 have stage 3 or 4 colon cancer, whereas patients over 50 are more likely to be diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 colon cancer.
Patients in Georgia depend on healthcare professionals to make safe and effective choices about their medication. Two commonly prescribed classes of medication, painkillers and antibiotics, account for the most lawsuits involving medication errors.
Georgia residents who are about to undergo surgery may be worried about the possibility of surgical errors. Unfortunately, errors do occur, even those that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality calls "never events" because they should never happen. Among these mistakes are wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors. One such never event has led to a major lawsuit settlement in Florida.
As the name implies, a never event is one that a patient in Georgia or any other state should never experience. The term has been around since 2001, and there are 29 events that are considered so egregious that they shouldn't happen. These events are divided into seven categories, such as surgical, patient protection and device events. Examples of these events include operating on the wrong person or part of the body.
Approximately 1.4 million people in Georgia and the rest of the United States are affected by Lewy body dementia, or LBD. The disease is underdiagnosed because its symptoms are very similar to conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Many medical professionals, including physicians, are unable to recognize LBD.
When people go to a Georgia hospital or doctor's office, they usually do not expect to experience a medical error. However, mistakes can happen in any part of the health care system and can involve a wide range of issues, from surgical errors to incorrect prescriptions to misdiagnoses. In fact, one out of every seven hospital patients with Medicare experience a medical error of some kind. These mistakes can vary widely in their level of severity, but they can have serious repercussions to patients.
Those who are losing their sight in Georgia and throughout America could turn to LASIK to help them increase their ability to see. There are side effects that patients should know about such as the possibility of losing their vision or losing it at night or other times of low light. In some cases, patients may still need to use glasses while reading or performing other tasks.
Georgia readers may be concerned to learn that, according to a new study, certain medications that are used to treat high blood pressure could increase a postmenopausal woman's risk of getting pancreatic cancer. Chicago's American Association for Cancer Research presented these findings at a symposium in April 2018.
If you’ve ever suffered harm due to a doctor’s negligence, you may be able to sue for medical malpractice. The laws surrounding this category of negligence vary dramatically from state to state, so it’s important to learn the laws specific to your area.