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~ Far from being a “get rich quick” scheme, medical malpractice is a legal battle as hard on the victim as the malpractice itself.
~ About five percent of American doctors are responsible for more than half of settlements and verdicts which insurance companies pay.
~ Thus, the biggest point this presentation makes is that the patient should fully research his doctor and hospital online to ascertain if he or she has had any of these problems occur already.
~ The online world is filled with news stories and rating services on doctors and hospitals. Just input the doctor’s name and city into Google and read the immediate hits returned.
~ There are more discouraging statistics.
~ Only one in six victims files a malpractice suit.
~ Half of those one in six will give up before getting to trial.
~ If the patient lives in a state with mandated caps on awards for pain and suffering, the patient will never be fully compensated.
~ A majority of these cases are settled and part of the settlement is that the terms must be kept confidential. Thus, other victims have no opportunity to learn from their sagas.
EXCERPT: ANESTHESIA AWARENESS
~ Carol Weihrer had undergone 17 surgeries to try to fix a severely scratched cornea in her right eye.
~ Her pain with the eye continued so her 18th surgery was to remove the eye.
~ During her surgery, she woke up. She heard disco music and thought she was in recovery.
~ Then she heard someone say,"Cut deeper. Pull harder.”
~ She realized she was undergoing surgery and was terrified.
~ She felt no pain because of the separate pain blockers which had been administered to her.
~ "I can remember praying to God, screaming, but no sound came out," she said.
~ Weihrer's vocal muscles had been paralyzed by the anesthesia.
~ One of the injuries she sustained was that she could no longer sleep lying down and even then could only sleep a few hours at a time.
~ She also sustained Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is the most common injury from anesthesia awareness, waking up from anesthesia during surgery.
~ Weihrer sued her anesthesiologist for malpractice and the case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.