When we are treated for an injury or illness, we put our trust in the medical professionals who take care of us. Unfortunately, even the most experienced and skilled doctors can make errors, which can result in serious injuries or death. In fact, medical errors are the third-highest cause of death in the U.S. Let's take a closer look at the most common types of medical malpractice.
Surgical procedures are sometimes necessary to treat certain conditions. However, if the surgeon performing the surgery is careless in any way, mistakes are more likely to occur. For example, if a surgeon failed to prepare properly for a surgery or lacks the experience to perform a particular surgery, the patient is more likely to suffer injuries.
Common examples of surgical errors include operating on the wrong body part, leaving a surgical instrument inside the body or injuring a nerve. These kinds of mistakes can severely injure a patient and even lead to permanent damage.
Although medicine is designed to treat illnesses and make us feel better, it can do more harm than good if it is not used properly. For instance, if a doctor prescribes a patient the wrong medication or administers the incorrect dosage, the patient can become ill. Harm to the patient can also occur if he or she is allergic to the prescribed medication or takes medication that negatively interacts with other medications.
Incorrect diagnoses account for a large number of medical malpractice cases. If a doctor diagnoses a patient with the incorrect condition, that person won't receive the necessary treatments and can get sicker. In order to prove negligence in this instance, the court must determine that the doctor didn't act competently when giving the diagnosis. The patient has to show that a doctor in a similar field wouldn't have misdiagnosed the condition under the same circumstances.
When patients go into the hospital to get treated for an illness or injury, they run the risk of getting an infection from other patients. If these infections are treated promptly, the patient can usually make a full recovery. However, if an infection goes unnoticed for too long, the patient can suffer sepsis, which can result in organ damage or even death.
If the infection could have been prevented and was caused by negligence, the patient has the right to sue the hospital for damages.
Birth injuries can also result from medical malpractice. If medical professionals aren't completely prepared and careful during the delivery process, an infant is more likely to suffer birth injuries, like cerebral palsy, anoxia, shoulder dystocia and brachial plexus. These types of injuries may result if a doctor uses forceps incorrectly, mishandles the infant or gives the mother the wrong medication.
While some children recover from birth injuries over time, others have to live with them for the rest of their lives.
If you suffered an injury because of a medical professional's negligence, you have the right to pursue a lawsuit against him or her. A settlement from a medical malpractice lawsuit can give you money for medical bills, lost wages and other damages you suffered. However, medical malpractice lawsuits can be quite complex, so it's in your best interest to work with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. A medical malpractice lawyer can help you gather necessary evidence and create a strong argument against the medical professional responsible for your injury.
If you are looking to hire a medical malpractice lawyer, contact the Law Office of Fernando Hidalgo. We’ll help you get the compensation you need so you can get back on your feet.