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What kind of medical errors do seriously ill people experience?

If you're dealing with a serious illness, you're likely spending more time than you'd like around doctors and other health care professionals in office settings and perhaps even in the hospital. The last thing you need is for a serious mistake to threaten your health or injure you. However, in a recent study, almost 25 percent of seriously ill people surveyed reported that they'd experienced a serious error.

Mississippi woman awarded $2.4 million in malpractice suit

A Mississippi woman whose doctor performed four surgeries on her -- including an abdominal hysterectomy -- within hours after she gave birth in 2016 has prevailed in court. She was awarded $2.4 million in a malpractice suit against her obstetrician. The Lowndes County jury announced the award earlier this month.

When can you sue a mental health professional for malpractice?

The very nature of psychiatric treatment can make it difficult to determine — let alone prove — that a doctor is guilty of malpractice. Not all patients have positive outcomes from therapy, for a multitude of reasons. Some therapists just aren't very good. It's important to differentiate between malpractice and poor or inadequate treatment.

Consumer feedback can help hospitals reduce malpractice

Hospitals have access to more feedback from patients and family members than ever. Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) consumer satisfaction surveys are used by the federal government to help determine how much funding they get from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The dangers of ignoring expectant and new moms

Expectant and new mothers often feel like doctors aren't listening to them. Doctors and other medical professionals dismiss many of their concerns as "mommy brain." However, failure to give credence to women's concerns can have devastating results for them and/or their babies. Rates of maternal mortality in this country are shockingly high for a developed nation. A study in the United Kingdom found that the number of stillborn babies could be reduced by half if medical professionals paid more attention to expectant mothers.

Study: Diagnostic errors are the largest malpractice issue

Medical malpractice cases have decreased overall in recent years, but one specific category has remained steady: diagnostic errors. That's according to a study just released by a malpractice insurer and service provider. These errors were behind more malpractice claims (accounting for a third of them) between 2013 and 2017 than any other issue.

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