When you seek out medical advice and treatment, you trust that your doctors and other healthcare professionals are making the right decisions, using the right equipment and acting in the appropriate amount of time for your specific situation.
Unfortunately, physicians, surgeons, EMTs, nurses and other healthcare professionals can be negligent and fail to provide the care you need. Their negligence can cause life-altering personal injuries and even wrongful death. When this happens, you may want to discuss a claim for medical malpractice with an experienced attorney.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur at any time during your interaction with a medical professional. Following are some of the most common types of facts underlying medical malpractice:
• Delaying treatment after diagnosing a medical condition.
• Failing to diagnose a medical condition, or misdiagnosing the condition.
• Failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner.
• Not providing the right treatment for a medical condition.
• Errors made in prescribing and administering medication. In some of theses cases, physicians, nurses and even pharmacists can be held liable for the mistake that caused injury.
• Mistakes made before, during or after a surgical procedure.
• Mistakes during the administration of anesthesia, including failing to complete a thorough patient condition check for any possible complications from the anesthesia.
• Birth injuries from negligence on the part of the attending doctor or nurses, or the hospital, especially in the case of delaying a C-section. Severe birth injuries include Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy and other types of traumatic brain damage.
• Failure to recognize complications during pregnancy and delivery of a child, including large baby syndrome and Rh-incompatibility.
• Inadequate treatment of a severe burn injury.
• Failure to provide necessary medical care to a nursing home patient.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice lawsuits are notorious for being complicated, but the effort that goes into a personal injury lawsuit like this is worth it for patients who have been seriously injured, or who have suffered the loss of a loved one, due to medical negligence.