If you or your loved one have suffered an injury in any of the types of medical malpractice scenarios we mentioned above, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. You may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice lawsuits are notoriously complicated, and the sooner your lawyer can begin investigating your case, the greater your chances of success will be.
1) Wrongful or Late Diagnosis
Missing a patient’s diagnosis or providing an unnecessarily late diagnosis can be deadly, especially when it comes to cancer. When a doctor fails to diagnose cancer properly, cancer can spread throughout a patient’s body, resulting in stage 4 terminal cancer. In these types of medical malpractice lawsuits, the doctor or surgeon will either misdiagnose a patient with a condition he or she does not have or fail to provide a timely diagnosis so the patient can receive the treatment he or she needs. An insurance company recently analyzed five years of medical malpractice claims between the years 2014 and 2018. As a result of their research, they discovered that diagnosis-related claims were the most common medical malpractice cases. Diagnosis-related claims made up 32% of all medical malpractice claims they studied.
2) Medical Malpractice Involving Surgery
In the study mentioned above, 25% of medical malpractice claims were related to surgery. The majority (78%) of surgery-related medical malpractice claims involved the surgeon acting negligently during the surgery itself. An example of this type of malpractice would include a surgeon operating on the wrong leg, leaving a surgical instrument inside the patient’s body, or negligently nicking a patient’s organ with his or her scalpel during the surgery. The study found that medical malpractice can happen in every phase of surgery, including in the decision-making and consultation aspect of surgery before the surgery occurs.
Medical malpractice can also happen during surgery or during post-operative care. Medical malpractice can also happen during the anesthesia process. The majority of surgical malpractice cases happened in general surgery, orthopedic surgery, and neurosurgery. These three categories of surgery accounted for almost half of the surgery-related medical malpractice claims. Unfortunately, 29% of the injuries suffered by medical malpractice victims were considered by the insurance company to be of permanent significance or worse — 9% of these injuries resulted in the deaths of patients.
Most of the medical malpractice victims alleged that the surgeon lacked the technical skill to conduct surgery in a reasonably safe manner. Other victims alleged that there was a failure of clinical judgment or communication coming from their surgeon. Less common medical malpractice issues involved leaving a foreign body inside a patient, operating on the wrong site or side of a patient, delaying the surgery unreasonably, or performing unnecessary surgery.
3) Medical Product Liability
While the Federal Drug Administration does regulate medical technology, different types of medical technology proved to be dangerous to patients every year. Recently, it has been discovered that some commonly used vaginal mesh products to treat incontinence have caused severe harm to women across the country and throughout the world. Additionally, surgeons worldwide had been using knee and hip replacement devices that cause metal poisoning in many patients, thinking that these devices would help.
If you suspect that you have received a medical device through surgery that has caused you symptoms, you must speak with a doctor who can provide a full examination. It is also important to reach out to a medical product liability attorney who can investigate your case further and help you decide whether you should bring a medical malpractice lawsuit against the device manufacturer and the hospital that treated you. Drug companies are also notorious for manufacturing prescription medication without completing rigorous testing. If you have taken a drug that has been associated with cancer or another type of illness, it is important that you speak with a lawyer about your potential case.
4) Birth Injuries
The birth process is extremely complicated, and birth injuries are among the most common types of medical malpractice lawsuits. Birth injuries can arise when doctors fail to monitor mothers in labor properly. When doctors and nurses do not properly monitor the mother’s and baby’s oxygen levels, both the mother and the baby are at risk. In some cases, doctors failed to perform an emergency C-section to save the mother or the baby’s life or in time to prevent the baby from oxygen deprivation that can lead to cerebral palsy and other severe medical conditions. In other cases, a doctor may drop the baby or use forceps, causing the baby brain damage and lifelong medical complications. Doctors have also been known to fail to properly diagnose dangerous conditions, such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes.
5) Prescription Errors
Medication can save people’s lives when doctors prescribe it correctly and pharmacies correctly issue it. Unfortunately, every year, Americans did due to being prescribed the wrong dosage or type of medication for their particular ailment. Additionally, pharmacies can be held liable when they fail to fill a customer’s prescription correctly. In some cases, they swap the correct prescription with another type of medication that can interact with a customer’s pre-existing conditions, causing dangerous medical side effects. In other cases, they failed to provide the patient with the correct dosage of the medication prescribed by their doctor. All of these situations, severe medical injuries and death can occur. If you have been issued the wrong medication and it caused you symptoms or an injury, contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
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