After consulting with several doctors and failing to receive a proper diagnosis for chronic pain and numbness in his arm, an over-the-road trucker turned to a North Carolina hospital for answers. Although the man sought out Duke Hospital for its reputation, he became the victim of medical negligence.
When Greenville residents go to the doctor or to the hospital they expect quality care. For the most part, that is what they get. But studies have shown that nationwide, doctor errors and other forms of medical malpractice continue to occur and in some areas, the occurrences are alarming. An example comes from a study conducted in Indiana.In 2006 the Indiana State Department of Health started gathering data on medical and doctor error reports from hospitals, outpatient surgical centers, abortion clinics and birthing centers. The reason this was started was because their governor issued an executive order requiring the study to help stem medical error problems that were going on within the state's health care system.
Medical malpractice can cause incalculable damage to victims and their families. A recent survey of neurosurgeons found that nearly half who specialize in spinal procedure have performed the doctor error of wrong-site surgery at least once during their career. Pitt County residents should know that The Joint Commission, an organization that accredits hospitals and sets health care standards, estimates that surgeons perform 1,839 wrong-site surgeries per year across the entire United States.
Medical malpractice and doctor errors are issues everyone is concerned with these days. Individuals depend on their health care professionals to heal, not harm. But how can Pitt County residents tell if a particular hospital is up to snuff or not? Is there a reliable way to investigate a hospital for doctor error or other information individuals need?
For the majority of North Carolina residents, the birth of a baby is a miraculous and joyous occasion. Most new parents are so excited while going through the labor and delivery process that they become blind to the fact that things can go wrong. When parents consider the possible problems that can occur in the delivery room, they rarely consider that those "difficulties" can come at the hands of hospital staff.
A Pitt County woman recently had a close call in a hospital. If not for her own firmness and mental acuity, she could have been operated on unnecessarily. Although her own aptitude allowed her to avoid worse circumstances, it appears she was a victim of hospital negligence and hospital error.