What are examples of medical malpractice?
Here’s a great article about medical malpractice from Steve Raiser. visiting the doctor is something patients do with the hope their doctor can fix what ails them. They want medication to get over an illness, to find out what might be wrong with them when they know something isn’t right, and to undergo surgery to improve their health and quality of life. You put your trust in doctors because they are highly trained, skilled, and intelligent individuals who want to help you improve your life or save your life in many cases. You might be like the millions of people who trust their doctors implicitly, or you might be one of the people worried you have a medical malpractice suit on your hands after a visit to the doctor.
What is Medical Malpractice?
This is where many people are confused. They’re not sure if they have a case of medical malpractice, or if they are just unhappy with the result of their appointment, surgery, or treatment. It’s a fine line in many cases, which is why understanding what medical malpractice is can help.
It’s the simple act of not providing the proper duty of care to a patient. Doctors are required by law to follow certain rules and to provide an excellent duty of care to their patients. When they fail to provide this duty of care, they risk being considered negligent. When a doctor is negligent, you have experienced medical malpractice.
– Misdiagnosis – This is one of the many types of medical malpractice people experience regularly. If your doctor fails to diagnose you correctly, it’s malpractice.
– Surgery Errors – This occurs when a doctor makes a mistake during surgery. It’s a long list of things that could go wrong. A few examples include leaving a piece of equipment such as a towel inside of a patient’s body, causing permanent damage to the person by being careless in the body, or injuring a patient during surgery.
– Delayed Diagnosis – If your doctor fails to diagnose you when you tell him or her something is wrong by not providing you with the correct tests for your symptoms the first time you visit or even the second, it’s call delayed diagnosis. The same is true if you come into the doctor’s office with specific symptoms and they make you wait too long and the damage is too far gone to fix.
– Anesthesia Errors – When an anesthesiologist makes a mistake issuing anesthesia, it’s dangerous. It can kill a person or cause permanent brain damage.
– Childbirth Injuries – This occurs when the actions of a doctor are dangerous to a baby and cause injuries during birth. For example, a woman who needs an emergency C-Section that’s not performed in time because of doctor error is an example of medical malpractice.
– Medication Errors – If a doctor makes a mistake in issuing medication, it’s medical malpractice.
– Not Performing Duty of Care – If a doctor is using drugs, issuing false prescriptions, or using alcohol on the job, it’s dangerous and can cause serious health issues to those who are patients.
If medical malpractice occurs, call an attorney. Your life depends on it, and you do have rights. It’s not always easy to tell if a doctor’s actions were negligent or if he or she was doing all they could do in a situation. Personal injury attorneys work hard to prove your case by examining the evidence, speaking to witnesses, and taking a look at your medical records.
We evaluate the evidence and work to prove the doctor was not adhering to the standard of care required by doctors. If we find that a doctor was negligent, we can file a lawsuit in which you can seek damages. This might help you pay for the cost of your medical treatment, pain and suffering, and it might help you pay for the cost of future medical bills incurred as a result of your new injuries and future medical needs. Don’t wait to call an attorney. It’s easier to win a case like this when the evidence is still fresh and new, and we can help you recover when someone else’s negligence causes you undue pain and suffering.