Knowing the ins and outs of medical negligence

Hospitals are, ideally, places of treatment, comfort and even hope. Floridians can rest assured knowing they have many reputable hospitals available across the state; today's advanced technologies in the medical field only add to that comfort. Yet some patients, despite these medical advantages, fall through the cracks. When a hospital does not fulfill its promises of caring and treating patients properly, a myriad of issues can occur. While a patient's wellbeing should be a top priority, there are instances in which that priority must be fought for. 

Just weeks ago, The Miami Herald covered the heartbreaking story of two Florida parents who lost a child due to medical negligence. When their son's pediatrician claimed the 22-month-old had nothing beyond a minor cold and sent him home, his parents trusted this guidance. However, the infant had pneumococcal meningitis -- a common cause of bacterial meningitis -- and died two weeks later. According to the Herald, the parents had taken steps toward filing a potential wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit. The child had seen his pediatrician three times in the weeks leading up to his death. 

Devastating incidents that occur as a result of doctor negligence are not as rare as one would like to think. Forbes outlines some of the basics on the issue, noting the Journal of the American Medical Association's statistic that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the country. But there are precautionary steps one can take to best deal with negative experiences while under medical care, including the maintaining of all medical records and documents related to the incident. Patients should also be aware of the statutes of limitation that can differ from state to state. Although there is no single answer to the problem of medical negligence in America, patients can become more knowledgeable about possible risks to best handle unfortunate and tragic situations.  


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