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The high price of preventable doctor errors

Doctor errors can occur at anytime and for any reason. Unfortunately, because of the very nature of the business doctor errors can result in serious and sometimes life-altering results for Maryland patients. When such events do occur, especially in cases involving preventable accidents, the injured party may have a medical malpractice case as an option. A recent malpractice case out of Washington state may be of interest to some readers.

Communication errors have been at the center of a number of very high-profile medical malpractice cases in recent years. In fact, studies show that communication errors are a major cause of preventable medical errors, such as medication mistakes and diagnostic errors. These breakdowns in communication among medical professionals can have dangerous repercussions.

One example of a simple communication mistake can lead to serious consequences was illustrated by a medical malpractice case against the University of Washington. The case involved an 8-year-old girl who was being treated for a heart defect. A simple miscommunication between doctors led to the girl being given a medication that caused brain damage. Her family later won a $15 million medical malpractice award.

While such mistakes occur, they are simply unacceptable. No one should have to pay such a high price for a doctor's mistake. If a patient is injured due to doctor error stemming from miscommunication, they may be entitled to damages. To learn more about medical malpractice litigation and the high price of preventable medical errors it is important to speak with an experience, local medical malpractice attorney.

Source: KOMO, "Judge awards $15M to family of brain-damaged Snoqualmie girl," Lindsay Cohen, July 12, 2013

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