People in Miami and elsewhere expect that their loved ones will be properly cared for in a nursing home or other assisted-living facility. Sadly, instances of nursing home neglect occur all too frequently. When residents are neglected, they may be left with injuries. In some instances, the injuries people suffer are so severe that they do not survive.
Medical schools provide their students with years of intensive, hands-on training in the hopes of developing doctors who are capable of providing accurate, efficient and safe care. One of the most integral parts of this care is the diagnosis. A proper diagnosis can lead to quick treatment and a speedy recovery. On the other hand, a doctor's failure to diagnose a condition can have dire consequences. A Florida family is feeling the effects of a missed diagnosis.
Miami patients put a great deal of trust in the doctors, nurses and hospitals that treat them. If a condition is diagnosed, a patient believes that the diagnosis is accurate. If a surgery is performed, patients believe it is necessary. Likewise, when medication is prescribed, patients expect that they will not be harmed. Unfortunately, when the wrong medication is given to a patient, complications can arise. For this reason, the findings of a Johns Hopkins University study carry great importance and should not be taken lightly.
While it can be an unnerving event, no one should truly fear for their safety when they go to the hospital. For this reason, Miami residents expect that a hospital will provide them with the best care possible. Unfortunately, such care is not always provided and personnel may try to cover up instances of hospital negligence. Hiding incidents of medical malpractice not only hinder victim's recovery, but also puts future patients at risk. Miami residents should be aware that cover ups like this can happen anywhere, and one such cover up has been exposed in Hardee County.