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.
A visit to the local pharmacy should never result in injury because a person was given the wrong medication. Most Greenville residents would agree with that assumption. Yet, that seems to be what happened to a Salisbury woman. While cases of doctor error hit the media quite frequently, cases of pharmacy error do not.
Doctors, particularly therapists such as psychiatrists, hold tremendous sway over their patients in Pitt County and throughout the state. Often, individuals reveal their innermost thoughts and feelings in these settings. Due to the highly charged personal nature of the relationships, occasionally we hear of a case that appears to fall far below an acceptable standard of medical care. One North Carolina medical malpractice case involves claims of physical, sexual and drug abuse. The doctor, who surrendered his North Carolina medical license in 2009, is now on the wrong end of a medical malpractice lawsuit in Gaston County.
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?