Did you know that between 2013 and 2015, there have been around 300 physician assistants and doctors in North Carolina that have faced some sort of disciplinary action by the state medical board?
In medical malpractice cases, doctors' testimonies typically carry significant weight in court. After all, they are the ones with years of study and experience in the medical field. But can you really trust their words?
A 20-year Army veteran and his family had not even been able to welcome moving trucks to their Ashville area home when he came down with what is suspected to have been the flu. His illness led the couple to take what was less than a one-mile trip down to the local VA hospital in the hope of confirming the man's self-diagnosis.
Doctors have raved about advances in mobile computing technology, saying it helps them on the job. One doctor said he loved using a tablet because it meant he could be right at the patient's bed, doing everything he used to have to do on the desktop computer in his office. It made the process easier and even gave him some new options.
A team of doctors at Harvard's School of Public Health conducted a study that revealed patients who received treatment from female physicians had lower mortality rates and incidences of returning as in-patients for their ailments.
In 2013, a woman from North Carolina was treated by a physician in Louisiana. She had reportedly fractured her leg and needed surgery to repair the tibia and fibula.
When you visit a doctor or hospital, you expect to receive timely care that addresses your medical condition. However, a 2013 report in the Journal of Patient Safety states that there are 210,000 to 400,000 people killed in hospitals each year due to preventable safety failures.
A jury in Cumberland County, North Carolina, has awarded $7.5 million in damages to a woman whose lawsuit claimed that her ongoing health problems and severe illness came on after she had colon surgery back in 2010.
In May, a medical journal estimated that more than a quarter of a million deaths in the United States each year are attributed to medical errors. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths each year.
If you have ever been in an emergency room in a big city, you know how hectic it can be. There are paramedics bringing accident, overdose or gunshot victims, doctors and nurses are rushing quickly up and down the hallways and machines seem to always be making some sort of noise. When the emergency room is packed, it can seem like a war zone, according to one physician assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room.