The death of comic icon Joan Rivers is a harsh and tragic reminder that every medical procedure, no matter how routine, comes with its share of complications. Rivers passed away on September 4 after she went into cardiac arrest during a procedure on her vocal cords on August 28. An investigation is ongoing into the circumstances that led to her demise, but preliminary reports indicate that her air supply may have been cut off during the procedure.
Record keeping is an important aspect of a medical malpractice case. Essentially, if a hospital has bad record keeping practices, chances are that it may be easier to prove that reasonable steps were not taken to ensure the patient’s safety, or that established procedures were not followed that led to the patient being harmed.
TV dramas about hospitals and emergency rooms are arguably about art imitating life. This means that some of the scenarios that shock us (and gain our empathy) actually are lived by real people. This also means that doctors who make mistakes may do so in real life. While they may happen in limited instances, the patients that are treated by irresponsible doctors are still at risk.
If you are frustrated that you have not found a law firm to take your medical malpractice case, do not lose hope. Take solace in knowing that many clients talk to multiple law firms before they find a firm that is willing to take their cases.
When children need surgery, this can be a terrifying experience for a parent, especially when decisions must be made as to where the surgical procedure will take place, and who will be performing the procedure. When it comes to pediatric surgical needs, there may be little information that parents can rely on when it comes to choosing the best venue and doctor for their needs. Moreover, many facilities focus on general surgical needs, (i.e. adults with a number of maladies) and therefore do not have the proper instruments, facilities and staff to handle pediatric surgeries. Children, unlike adults, need special attention when it comes to anesthesia, x-rays and post-op care, and they tend not to receive this in hospitals geared toward treating adults.