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What are some mistakes doctors make when treating patients?

When a doctor is treating a patient, they have a duty to provide medical care that meets the standard of care accepted by the medical community. In an ideal world, every doctor would meet this standard and would go above and beyond to make sure their patients' needs are met. Unfortunately, in the real world, some physicians do not exercise the best judgment when it comes to treating their patients. As a result, doctors make mistakes, some of which lead to permanent injury and even death.

What is aspiration?

Many Georgia residents being treated in hospitals, particularly in intensive care, are at risk for a medical condition called aspiration. Aspiration can affect any seriously ill patient, but those who are being fed through a tube are particularly prone to it.

What is the NPBD and how can it help my case?

The National Practitioner Data Bank is a database maintained by the federal government which records important information about doctors and other medical professionals. Specifically, the database serves as a kind of "rap sheet" for doctors, recording any disciplinary actions against them, whether imposed by the state licensing board, by Medicare or Medicaid or even by a hospital which chooses to revoke or suspend the doctor's privileges to place patients there. The database even includes records of paid medical malpractice claims.

Frequency of med mal claims declining, getting more costly

According to statistics, the number of medical malpractice claims which get paid has been steadily on the decline since they peaked in 2001. For example, in 2017, and among all medical professionals, there were just over 10,000 paid claims. In 1991, the number was much closer to 20,000.

Potentially lethal medical mistakes are too common

According to a recent report, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The report suggests that residents of Georgia who go to doctors and other medical professionals to get healthier may actually be putting their health at risk.

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