Iowa emergency room doctors are trusted to respond to difficult medical issues in a responsible and timely manner. Whether a patient goes to the ER with a life-threatening crisis or a more minor situation, doctor errors can exacerbate the problem. For many, medical errors can have life-long implications for both themselves and their families, although medical malpractice lawsuits can help alleviate this burden. An out-of-state jury recently awarded a woman $12 million after she was severely injured at her local emergency room.
Surgery can be an effective method of treatment for many illnesses or injuries, but going under the knife is not without risk, and should only be done when it will absolutely benefit the patient. Doctors should be sure that Iowa patients have been correctly diagnosed before proceeding with surgery. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman is suffering the aftermath of doctor errors that led to unneeded surgery.
There are few greater joys in life than the birth of a new child. Most parents in Iowa spend a great deal of time planning for the day when they bring a new child home. Sadly, things do not always go as planned. An out-of-state family recently won their medical malpractice claim after a loved one died during childbirth.
Being the victim of a medical mistake can take a serious emotional toll on a person, and understandably so. Patients in Iowa typically expect doctors to treat them with care and dignity, and learning that a serious error has occurred can be devastating. Even victims who have received compensation for medical malpractice sometimes continue to feel a deep sense of dissatisfaction.
For some people in Iowa, cosmetic surgery can be a transformative experience, which can have both physical and emotional benefits. Unfortunately, not everyone who undergoes elective surgery receives this type of outcome. Over a dozen out-of-state women recently filed medical malpractice claims against a cosmetic surgeon who allegedly botched their surgeries.
One family spent over two years unsure of what truly caused their loved one's death. The out-of-state man died at Iowa hospital after he went in for a necessary operation. When the family went to trial over allegations of medical malpractice doctor errors, the truth of what happened finally came out.
Patients generally expect their doctors to be attentive to their symptoms and test results, and rightly so -- many diseases and injuries are very treatable when diagnosed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, medical malpractice doctor errors are not as uncommon as most people in Iowa might like to think. Being misdiagnosed or having a diagnosis missed entirely continues to be a serious risk factor for patients.
For most women giving birth in Iowa this year, the days following the births of their babies will be filled with excitement and joy. That's how things started out for a young mother, her husband and newborn son in another state. However, because of medical negligence, things quickly took a turn for the worse.
A resident of a southern university medical school recently published an article that may be of interest to Iowa doctors and medical patients alike. She wrote that perhaps more upfront discussions regarding mishaps may help reduce possible medical malpractice doctor errors down the line. The general surgery resident claims the difference between bad doctors and good doctors is that bad ones refuse to admit their mistakes.
When parents in Iowa (or anywhere in the nation) entrust their children to medical professionals for care, they have the right to reasonably expect that those treating their loved ones will act according to the highest levels of accepted safety standards and procedures. This goes for dentists as well as medical surgeons. In a situation in another state, parents of a toddler age girl say doctor errors cost their precious child her life.