Iowa residents may be shocked to learn that a distinguished surgeon has admitted to lying under oath during a medical malpractice trial. The South Dakota doctor says that he lied while testifying on behalf of one of his medical partners who had been sued by a patient left permanently disabled after an operation. The patient lost the case.
According to a hernia specialist who spoke at the 2016 annual meeting of the Americas Hernia Society, radiologists often overlook inguinal hernias when they are unable to identify them using imaging tests despite patient symptoms that suggest them. A radiologist replied that they may notice but not report on certain inguinal hernias. He said that the link between pain and the existence of these types of hernias is not conclusive. However, based on the specialist's recommendation, patients in Iowa and throughout the country might want to have additional imaging tests done if they have hernia symptoms.
In order to accurately diagnose the conditions of their patients, many Iowa doctors rely on imaging technology. Sometimes, radiologists read the images incorrectly, resulting in patient harm caused by failures to diagnose, delays in diagnoses and incorrect diagnoses. If you have suffered because your images were read incorrectly, you may be able to recover damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
When you go to see your doctor, one of the last things on your mind is whether or not that doctor will release or reveal information about your visit to other people. This is because of doctor-patient confidentiality, an incredibly important concept that every doctor must uphold. If doctor-patient confidentiality didn't exist, there would be many people who would simply avoid going to the doctor out of fear that their embarrassing medical condition would be broadcast to the whole world.
Elective surgery is still surgery, and can carry the same risks as any other type of operation. Errors in the administration of anesthesia, operating on the wrong body part and leaving surgical instruments inside your body, to name a few common surgical errors, can leave you with a permanent disability.
Medical malpractice is a complicated and expensive area of personal injury law. It usually involves long, drawn-out distressing litigation. Mediation has become a procedure that appears to be an alternative option to litigation. But, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Politics and Law, physicians are not participating in the mediation process. Some say that doctors who fail to take part in this method of dispute resolution are thwarting the process.