It's not surprising that doctors sometimes have substance abuse or mental health problems, and it is equally unsurprising that the medical profession would rather deal with these physicians internally. Troubled doctors are sometimes monitored by what's called a Physician Health Program. Colorado is one state that has one, and a leader of that program says reduces the risk of malpractice claims by 20 percent.
Patients in North Carolina hospitals expect that the doctors and medical staff will take care of them at any cost and would never put them into harm's way. After all, with malpractice suits on the rise, wouldn't hospitals be extra careful to avoid as many mistakes as possible?
When we are in physical pain and go to the hospital for help, we like to feel confident that the doctors on staff know what needs to be done. Sadly, this is not always the case, and sometimes a doctor's decision -- or lack of one -- can result in serious life-altering injuries to patients.
A doctor in Tennessee decided that a newborn baby was not going to survive the immediate aftermath of birth, and without consulting other hospital staff, placed the baby in a plastic bin "until the family could decide what to do with the body," a lawsuit by the baby's family stated. Medical negligence is being cited in the suit, as well as injuries suffered by the baby as a result of the doctor's actions.
Wisdom tooth extractions are done as an outpatient surgery not only in North Carolina, but throughout the nation. However, no one expects the procedure to turn out the way it did for this family.
For residents of Pitt County, like people all over the United States, surgery can be frightening. In fact, a large number of people find visiting the doctor to be an upsetting experience in general. Also, with the sheer quantities of medical malpractice concerns in the United States alone, who can blame them?