-Jennifer Lawrence and Rob Lewis
By Rob Lewis
By Rob Lewis
There are two sides of the stethoscope debate: those doctors who say the listening device is dead or dying and those physicians who say the instruments are still useful and are likely to be important for years to come.
It seems likely that many of our Covington readers could answer the question that was at the heart of a recent Medscape survey of more than 4,000 primary care doctors and specialists: Why are physicians sued for medical malpractice? The bottom line is that they are sued when they are negligent and that negligence causes harm to a patient.
A two-hour drive northeast of Covington lands you in Dublin, Ohio. The Columbus suburb is home to a family that recently settled a lawsuit in which they alleged medical malpractice caused the wrongful death of a family member. A 38-year-old Dublin man was not properly diagnosed at the university's Dublin medical center, the family and man's estate alleged in the suit.
It's common knowledge that in order to get helpful medical treatments, you must first be properly diagnosed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, a new study indicates that most Americans will receive at least one incorrect or delayed diagnosis in their lives, an article in the Lexington Herald-Leader states.
When a Covington patient is injured by a doctor, we don't ask the physician to decide if he or she has done wrong. Doctors are simply human. They can't be objective about what they do any more than folks in other professions can.
Sometimes people make a point about how simple a problem is by saying, "this isn't brain surgery." That's because operations on the human brain -- the most important and least understood organ -- are typically carried out by some of the most skilled surgeons anywhere.