Thousands of people are injured or die every year from medical errors that are totally preventable. Medical mistakes can cause catastrophic injuries, lifelong medical bills, loss of income, or even death. There are a number of categories for medical malpractice claims; some of the most common include:
Failure to Diagnose/Misdiagnosis
When a doctor fails to discover an illness or makes an incorrect diagnosis because of incompetence, serious injury or death can be the result.
Injuries that occur during childbirth account for nearly 20% of all medical malpractice claims. These injuries can happen to both the mother and infant and may include brain injuries, fetal distress, nerve injury, bone and soft tissue injury, and more.
Many complications can arise from surgical errors, including serious infection, long-term physical and psychological damage, or death. While surgical errors may sometimes result from negligent behavior on the part of a surgeon, they may also be caused by inadequate pre- or post-operative procedures.
Prescription Drug Errors
Prescription drug errors occur when a patient is given the wrong medication or wrong dosage, or if they are not given the proper information about the medication’s side effects. These mistakes can be made by a doctor, a pharmacist, or a drug manufacturer, all of who could be held responsible for prescription drug errors.
If not administered properly, anesthesia can be dangerous to a patient. These errors typically occur when a patient’s medical history is not properly taken into consideration prior to administering anesthesia, but are not just limited to the operating room. Anesthesia errors can occur in a dentist’s office or during outpatient operations as well.
Medical Malpractice Claim Requirements
To make a successful claim for medical malpractice, it must be proven that:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed
- The doctor was negligent
- An injury resulted from the doctor’s negligence
- The patient suffered harm due to the injury
Medical malpractice cases are often complex and take time to resolve, so experience and resources make the difference. Our primary goals are to help facilitate your medical care, protect your rights, and recover the costs and expenses associated with your injury.