When Florida residents go to a doctor, they usually expect to have their problem identified and a solution provided. While this happens in the majority of cases, a recent study found that a misdiagnosis occurs in approximately 10 to 15 percent of doctor visits when someone has a new problem. Even if a patient is eventually diagnosed correctly, the delay can lead to a rise in the cost of health care due to unnecessary tests and enabling the patient's condition to worsen by not treating it immediately.
People in Florida might be interested to hear about the case of a woman who opened her eyes just as doctors were beginning to remove her organs. The woman was believed to be dead, and doctors were preparing to remove her organs and donate them to patients who were on the organ transplant waiting list. The near organ-removal of the patient who was still alive occurred at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, New York in 2009.
Florida residents, particularly those with heart conditions, may be interested in an ongoing malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of a Minnesota man against his physicians for his death in 2006. The family is seeking $10,000 for expenses and $50,000 compensation for the deceased man's next of kin. The man was initially brought into the emergency room with hives and low blood pressure. His prior medical history involved taking medication for an accelerated heart rate and high blood pressure. The man was released after testing, but he returned that night and was unable to be resuscitated. The man subsequently died from underlying coronary disease. The family is suing the hospital for medical negligence.
In the pursuit of safe and effective health care, many people in Florida have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to seeking out their best treatment options. However, because a lot of what we learn comes directly from doctors, many people ultimately put their trust in their physicians. Unfortunately, there are certain types of doctors who are more likely to commit catastrophic medical malpractice.
When someone is responsible for your safety, you want to make sure that they are in fact capable of doing that. For example, pilots of commercial airlines are required to take physical and mental assessments every 6 months starting from a certain age. Because they are responsible for the lives of everyone on their aircraft, they are evaluated on a consistent basis.