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Doctors' failures lead to medical malpractice

Hospitals are meant to take care of individuals from the moment they enter the institution until the moment they leave. This means those who are sick are treated immediately and care does not end the moment a patient is sewn up after surgery. Unfortunately, doctors all too often fail to give their patients the care they deserve. When this hospital negligence occurs, irreparable harm and death can result. A recent lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania shows how serious medical malpractice can be, and why Miami residents should be aware.

The incident involved a woman who had a stomach operation and was later placed on a feeding tube. Though the patient was constantly sick and complained of stomach pain, doctors merely prescribed her painkillers. When the patient continued to vomit the doctor claimed she did not know what was wrong. Shortly thereafter, the patient died. A suit filed by the deceased's family claims that medical personnel failed to notice a bowel blockage that may have led to her death.

Sad instances like this can happen anywhere and at any time. Minor surgeries, major surgeries and simple checkups can all end terribly if a doctor neglects his or her duty of care to the patient.

Medical malpractice, as evidenced by this case, can end in serious injury or death. When personal injury results from negligence, victims can spend years in physical and emotional recovery. Costs for rehabilitation and other medical treatments can become overwhelming, adding to the emotional stress already present.

Luckily, legal action can help victims and their families. A successful medical malpractice claim can obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages. In the terrible event of death, funeral costs can also be recovered.

The hospital is supposed to be a safe place. Yet, negligence can quickly turn it into a nightmare. Miami residents should be aware of these incidents so that they can tell when they have been neglected by their doctor. Only then can those doctors be held accountable for their actions.

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Easton Hospital negligent in death of 25-year-old woman, family says in suit," Tom Shortell, Sept. 12, 2012

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