What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice and negligence involve injury that is sustained during medical procedures and under the watch of a medical professional. We assume that the healthcare we are receiving is up to the standards of care that will promote healing from injuries or conditions, not worsen them. However, physicians and providers sometimes fall short of the care standard. Malpractice is an umbrella term for several categories of actions (or inactions) such as:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Incorrect treatment
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Errors during labor and delivery
- Fatal medical errors
Any medical professional can be responsible for malpractice. Some of the types of malpractice we handle at Schlender-Brown PLLC include:
Malpractice and negligence can damage a patient's body to the point where full recovery is simply not an option, let alone a guarantee. This is particularly true when spine or brain injuries are involved. These delicate parts of the body may suffer permanent damage that leave the patient paralyzed or in a vegetative state. Unfortunately, too many medical errors prove to be fatal - and these errors are preventable.
Diagnosis is not an exact science, but doctors are expected to follow standards of care when it comes to ordering medically indicated tests and interpreting results. Providers should be able to accurately assess our conditions to treat them properly. However, this does not always happen. Common reasons include:
- Inaccurate reading of X-rays or lab results
- Not ordering the proper testing required for a patient
- An improperly trained doctor
- An overconfident doctor, usually not willing to double check results
- Short length of visits/not enough time with patients
A misdiagnosis, given for whatever reason, could worsen a patient's condition to the point of death or disability. Many diseases and conditions take their time in showing themselves for what they truly are, and many are more dangerous than they might seem. Without the proper testing (no matter how long it takes) or attention to detail, patients can perish under faulty care.
A delayed diagnosis is one that comes far later than it should in the time of a patient's treatment. Like a misdiagnosis, this can lead to deadly results, especially with injuries like those to the brain or spine that can take some time to make themselves apparent. Failure to recognize these signs and properly identify and treat them could mean the end of a productive life for many people who deserved better care. Dismissing symptoms, or failing to perform tests in a prompt manner is not only irresponsible of a doctor, but can seriously impair the health of a patient.
Errors during surgery are some of the most devastating medical errors. Most are entirely preventable with the right training and safety protocols. Some of the most common surgical errors include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to obtain consent
- Wrong site or wrong patient operations
- Leaving objects in patient's body
- Performing the wrong operation
Healthcare providers have to take responsibility for their neglectful actions, and their victims need the compensation that they deserve for their suffering.
No matter how far technology and medical science have advanced, childbirth is a complicated and delicate process where much can go wrong in the blink of an eye. When tools are misused, medications are administered improperly and poor medical decisions are made, women and children can suffer serious or even fatal injuries. Common injuries to mothers and children include:
- Bone fractures - These can occur in newborns during removal from the birth canal or Cesarean section.
- Facial Paralysis - Often caused by misuse or poorly trained usage of forceps.
- Spinal Cord Injuries - Often severe injuries that cause nerve damage, chronic pain, and loss of mobility. These are usually due to traumatic injury to the spinal cord or nerves.
- Cerebral Palsy - Two to three children per 1,000 have cerebral palsy. Its main traits are muscle spasms, weakness, and delayed or lack of motor skill development.
Why should I hire a lawyer to handle my case?
Consulting an attorney is an important step toward receiving compensation for the damages you've suffered as a result of malpractice inflicted on yourself or a loved one. There are many forms of malpractice that healthcare providers can be responsible for, and all of them can permanently damage lives. We can help you get the results you need in your malpractice case. Contact us today, don't delay your opportunity for healing.