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Mistakes and errors are very different in health care cases

Many people don't stop to think about the difference between a mistake and an error. When it comes to health care, this difference is as big as the Grand Canyon. A mistake regarding your health care is putting you in exam room 3 when you should have been put in exam room 1. An error is something that can have a negative impact on your health and life.

In our previous blog, we discussed how lengthy shifts can lead to errors in health care. This is an important topic for anyone who gets medical care because the effects of these errors is profound. Interestingly, this is one error that is preventable. In fact, many errors that medical professionals make are preventable.

We know that you probably don't have all the answers when it comes to your health care. After all, if you knew everything, you wouldn't need to rely on doctors. You would be able to diagnose and treat yourself.

Because you rely on your doctors, you have placed some trust in them. You trust that you will be cared for properly and that your doctor won't make errors that harm you. When you don't receive the care you need or the doctor does make an error, you can suffer harm. This harm can even be life-threatening.

For some women, the harm inflicted by medical professionals comes when the women are in labor. This can lead to harm to the women and their babies. These harmed women or mothers of harmed babies can take legal action to recoup damages that were suffered because of errors in medical care.

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