More information is being released about mismanagement and poor care at Veterans Administration hospitals all over the country, including the one in Columbia, South Carolina. What some have claimed to be a successful model of socialized medicine may actually have long wait lists for general care and procedures, delays that may have even led to wrongful death.
A South Carolina woman recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a maternity center. In it, she is alleges that actions of individuals employed by the facility resulted in the death of her baby, after it became necessary during the attempted delivery to transfer the woman to a hospital, where the newborn died after the performance of a cesarean section.
It can be a patient’s worst nightmare; going to a doctor to receive necessary medical treatment and ending up with new, and perhaps worse, medical problems caused by the care itself. That nightmare scenario plays itself out each year across the nation.
Hospital negligence and medical malpractice in hospitals hurt patients and their families across the country. A recent report reveals that nationwide more than 325,000 patients die every year as a result of hospital and medical professional errors, many of which could have been prevented.
Although most people in South Carolina and across the country have heard of anorexia and bulimia, there’s a whole other category of eating disorders known as “Eating disorder not otherwise specified.” This catch-all phrase lumps together numerous patients with unhealthy eating behavior, but because it is so broad and the symptoms do not fit into typical categories like more mainstream disorders, patients are often left undiagnosed. Failure to diagnose is just one example of hospital negligence.