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Botched thyroidectomy leads to throat paralysis

Even though the source article for today's story isn't from Georgia, it still serves as an important talking point for medical malpractice. A woman went in for a thyroidectomy in 2014, but the surgeon who performed the procedure on her failed to take adequate steps to prevent severe damage to her larynx and throat. As a result, when the procedure was performed, the woman suffered severe damage and was diagnosed with vocal cord paralysis.

Massive award in medical malpractice case

Even though the source article for today's post isn't from Georgia, it still means a lot in the world of medical malpractice. The state of Minnesota just witnessed the largest medical malpractice award in its history after the family of a woman who died after giving birth to her first child successfully sued the nurse practitioner who worked at the emergency room that the woman went to. The lawsuit award was $20 million.

Medical malpractice is unacceptable

Imagine that you have been experiencing some pain over the last week -- unexpected pain. You begin to worry and decide it's time to see a doctor. When you go in, the doctor checks over your vitals and information, and begins to examine potential problems. Ultimately, a diagnosis is made and a plan for treatment is agreed. You feel better about the situation even though the pain persists.

Medical errors are third leading cause of death

It feels like every month there is a new article that, rightly so, decries the current state of our medical profession and how medical errors are leaving innocent people with catastrophic or fatal injuries. This week, we find ourselves reading another one of these articles, and it will make you wonder where the medical profession should go from here.

Botched surgery, treatment leads to $6 million lawsuit

While the following story isn't from Atlanta or anywhere in Georgia, the horror of a medical malpractice case can be applied to nearly anywhere in the country. This particular story is from Iowa, and the woman who sued a hospital where she was receiving medical treatment initially was diagnosed with a non-cancerous tumor in the lining of her brain. This condition can be monitored by doctors, as they are slow-growing.

Misdiagnoses a major problem with healthcare

According to new data that has been published, about 20 percent of people who have a serious medical condition are misdiagnosed first by their primary care physician. It requires a specialist to identify the misdiagnosis in these cases. Everyone else either receives a partially, mostly, or wholly correct diagnosis.

Botched tonsillectomy a tragic case

Imagine being told that the surgical procedure you are about to go through is common and that there are few risks involved. Would you feel better hearing that? Probably, though there would still be that innate fear of going under the knife that everyone has. There are always risks involved when it comes to surgery. But hearing that phrase, that sentiment that "it's all going to be okay because this is a common procedure" can make a big difference for an anxious pre-op patient.

Paid medical malpractice claims have declined since 1992

Medical malpractice may not be particularly common, but it also affects plenty of people every year. Medical malpractice lawsuits are critical pieces of civil litigation because the victims need financial compensation in the wake of a medical error or botched medical procedure that caused them pain and made them suffer through extensive (and unnecessary) treatment.

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