As medical science continues to make advances in what is possible, another trend sadly continues. Patients in Washington State become the subjects of medical errors. In some situations, if they are lucky, people experience no injury or negative consequences from these errors. In other situations, however, serious injury and even death can occur. A new documentary is being released that attempts to highlight the grave nature of this reality.
People in Washington State who want to understand the process of seeking justice after a medical mistake has happened should know that there may be intricate details involved in doing this. Certainly being able to prove that an error was made is important but that is not the only thing that may need to happen in order for injured patients or their family members to receipt appropriate compensation.
When Washington residents think about wrongful death, they may think of adults who died in work accidents. Infants and fetuses can also die wrongfully and parents may want to understand when the death of their baby is considered wrongful.
Losing a family member unexpectedly can be one of the most heartbreaking things you go through in life. It is even worse if your loved one’s death was due to someone’s negligence and could have been prevented. You and other Washington residents may rightly want to know what qualifies as wrongful death and if you might be able to get compensation.
If you or someone in your family has to go to the hospital in Washington, you will likely have many questions for the doctors and medical staff. When preparing for a hospital visit or even once a visit has already commenced, it is important that you know some of the things you should watch out for. While hospitals are the places that you should be able to count on to help you get well, they can also be the places that make you sick or even kill you.
People in Seattle may hear stories about patients dying in emergency department waiting rooms and worry that they might face the same scenario were they to present to the hospital in an emergent event. Many have developed a “first come, first serve” mentality when it comes to waiting for services (including health care). However, visits to the ED are not supposed to work the same way. Of the 130.4 million ED visits that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports occur annually, it may be reasonable to assume that not each of those share the same level of acuity. So how are ED providers to determine who should be seen first?
Many Washington residents feel that they have good realtionships with their doctors or other health care providers. In some cases this may be because they have never really encountered a serious medical issue. A patient's relationship with a physician can be put to the test when unusual symptoms arise and the root problem may not be easy to diagnose. It is then that a person gets a good sense of a doctor's skills.
For many Washington residents like yourself, going into a medical procedure can bring with it feelings of anxiety and stress. Often, these emotions are tied to fear of the unknown, treatment and healing, and your level of pain tolerance. However, should you also be concerned about whether or not your health is in jeopardy at the hands of a professional? While doctors follow rigid protocols to secure each patient’s safety, medical errors are far more common than you may realize, and your awareness can help you take active measures to protect your safety.