An investigative reporting team joined with a team of producers and reporters from Cox Media Group held outlets to produce an analysis of a huge federal database of government payouts for health-related Department of Veterans Affairs lawsuits and settlements. The result was the discovery of almost 4,500 cases of alleged medical malpractice that the VA settled or lost outright across the U.S. for the preceding decade. Taxpayers reportedly paid out $845 million in these cases.
Mothers in North Carolina will be interested to hear about a medical malpractice suit in Los Angeles regarding a woman who was 39 weeks pregnant and living in a homeless shelter. She went to the emergency room with complaints of severe pain in her abdomen. The resident physician discharged her, but she returned to the hospital about 12 hours later and had to undergo an emergency cesarean section.
Residents of North Carolina depend on their doctors to make correct diagnoses when they have an ailment and seek treatment. However, a new study shows that doctors make an incorrect diagnosis 10 to 15 percent of the time.
North Carolina residents anticipating surgery might not be aware of a painful error that occurs at varying rates in the nation's hospitals. During some procedures, sponges, retractors, needles and other surgical tools are left inside patients on the operating table. This error can turn an otherwise successful surgery into a dangerous case of medical malpractice. Objects left in patients are sometimes hard to detect, but they can become infected, move around inside patients and require additional surgeries to remove.