Studies show that medical mistakes are one of the top five causes of death in the United States. More than 250,000 people lose their lives as a result of a medical error, while hundreds of thousands more are left with injuries. Although we like to believe that our doctors and providers have our best interest in mind, we continue to see numerous people endure serious injuries as a result of medical negligence. When a patient is injured because of a medical mistake, it is crucial that they seek legal guidance as they try to recover and move forward from this traumatic and painful experience.
The consequences of medical mistakes can be considerable. Many injured patients are left with permanent impairments and disabilities that continue to impact their health and wellbeing indefinitely. The pain and suffering that some patients have to endure unnecessarily is extremely alarming. Rather than the victim paying tens of thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to address the injuries or worsening conditions, it is crucial that patients reach out to a lawyer who is well versed in the laws pertaining to medical mistakes and will help them to get the justice they deserve.
The personal injury attorneys at The Malpractice Group have decades of experience helping injured patients collect full and fair compensation for their injuries and losses. We help them to alleviate the financial burdens they face after this type of traumatic experience. We firmly believe victims should not be forced to spend substantial amounts of money on the medical treatment that they need because of the negligent actions of a medical professional. Instead, we provide stellar legal guidance and skillful representation to ensure that the medical professional responsible for their injuries is held accountable for his or her actions. Contact our medical malpractice attorneys at The Malpractice Group today to see how our team can help you.
Types of Medical Mistakes Cases We Handle
Our legal team at The Malpractice Group understands the difficulties victims and their families face after being injured by a medical professional. For this reason, we work diligently to provide them with aggressive representation so they can get the justice and compensation they need and deserve to move forward. Over the years, our medical mistakes attorneys have helped injured patients recover from a plethora of case types surrounding medical malpractice. Some of the most common case types our team has handled include:
- A failure to diagnose/misdiagnosis
- Anesthesia malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Blood transfusion injuries
- Brain injuries caused by a lack of oxygen
- Emergency room mistakes
- Errors during surgery
- Hospital and nurse negligence
- Informed consent
- Misread radiology reports
- Nursing home abuse or neglect
- Post-surgical errors
- Prescription drug errors
- Stroke injuries
- Surgical site infections
- Wrongful death resulting from medical negligence
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries as a result of a medical mistake, it is crucial that you reach out to a lawyer who has the time, skills, and resources needed to handle a complicated and complex medical mistake claim. You may be entitled to compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens you face for your injuries and losses.
Common Mistakes Doctors Make in Birth Injury Cases
The birth of a new child is a highly anticipated event. Although most deliveries go on without any problems, some new parents are forced to endure the devastating consequences of a birth injury that occurs as a result of a medical mistake. Not only do these injuries have an immediate impact on the health and wellbeing of the newborn, but they can result in long-term impairments that jeopardize a child’s quality of life and drive up the costs of raising a child with a disability, substantially. When babies are harmed due to medical mistakes, families deserve to recover financial compensation for the injuries that were inflicted on the infant in the birth process. It is crucial to recognize some of the types of medical errors that lead to birth injuries. Some of the cases our team at The Malpractice Groups helps families with involve:
- A failure to notice fetal distress
- Anoxia and hypoxia
- Brain stem injuries
- Breech delivery complications
- Cerebral palsy injuries
- Delayed C-sections
- Erb’s palsy injuries
- Forceps delivery injuries
- Intracranial hemorrhage
- Medical negligence
- Neonatal strokes
- Placental abruption
- Perinatal asphyxia
- Shoulder dystocia
- Spinal cord trauma
- Traumatic brain injuries
In many cases, babies who endure birth injuries are often forced to undergo extensive medical treatment. In some cases, infants who are injured in childbirth are left with permanent disabilities that require lifelong therapy and the use of medical devices or equipment. If you or your child suffered as a result of medical mistakes or negligence, contact The Malpractice Group at your earliest convenience to explore legal options available to you.
Emergency Room Errors
When patients are suffering from injuries and ailments, it is crucial that they receive medical treatment that is acceptable and rendered in a timely manner. Waiting too long to address health concerns can have life-threatening consequences. In some situations, doctors know precisely what interventions are needed to protect the patient when a complication arises. If they do not act quickly, it can result in further injuries and suffering.
It is unsettling to know that so many patients suffer long-term consequences as a result of negligence by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals in the emergency room. Some of the mistakes we see impacting patients include:
- Misreading charts, x-rays, or other test results
- Not diagnosing cardiac problems that can lead to heart attacks
- Misdiagnosing or delaying the diagnosis of appendicitis, aneurysms, blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, or strokes
- Making mistakes with medications
- Failing to recognize and treat infections
- Not monitoring patients adequately after treatment
Being subjected to any type of negligence in the medical field can be disastrous. Not only do patients not receive timely and adequate treatment for their injuries, but these and other emergency room delays can be life-threatening. If you were injured as a result of medical malpractice, contact our personal injury attorneys at The Malpractice Group to discuss legal options available for you.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis Can Be Life-Threatening
Failing to diagnose a condition or illness can have a disastrous impact on a patient. In some cases, injuries sustained as a result of a missed or delayed diagnosis can leave patients with lasting physical impairments and debilitating pain. In the worst cases, patients can die as a result of these horrific errors. We routinely see victims that suffer as a result of delayed diagnosis for appendicitis, brain tumors, ectopic pregnancies, infections, vascular diseases, and various forms of cancer. In order to recover compensation for a medical malpractice lawsuit, patients must be able to prove that the healthcare provider acted negligently.
Negligence surrounding medical malpractice can take many forms. Some of the most common examples of negligence surrounding misdiagnosis include:
Failing to listen to the patient’s concerns: When patients express to their doctors that they are not feeling well, the doctor must listen to them and examine the symptoms they are experiencing. When doctors fail to examine the symptoms and patients experience worsening symptoms, doctors can be held liable.
Failing to recognize symptoms: Doctors are specially trained to make a diagnosis based on symptoms that patients are having. If healthcare providers fail to accurately diagnose a condition, despite knowing all of the symptoms and what they indicate, they can be held liable for any resulting injuries or damages.
Failing to review the patient’s medical history: Physicians are required to examine the medical history of patients and their families. Doing so provides a clearer understanding of problems and potential illnesses patients may inherit. When doctors fail to review the medical history of a patient, and they experience worsening symptoms due to a lack of a diagnosis, medical professionals can be held liable.
Ordering the wrong tests: After reviewing symptoms, doctors typically move forward by requesting tests. When doctors do not order the correct tests, it can result in the delay of treatment, which can have fatal consequences for patients.
Failing to interpret tests correctly: After ordering tests, doctors are responsible for reviewing and interpreting the results. When doctors carelessly interpret the tests from patients, they can be held liable for resulting injuries or worsening of symptoms.
The misdiagnosis or a delay in diagnosing a condition can have a devastating impact on a patient’s ability to recover. Cases, where patients are diagnosed with the wrong conditions not only prevents them from receiving the care they need, but it exposes them to the potential dangers associated with being administered the wrong treatment. If you or a loved one suffered as a result of a missed or delayed diagnosis, contact The Malpractice Group to explore legal options available to you and your family.
Pursuing Compensation after a Medical Mistake
Surgeons and other health care professionals must use caution while treating patients. As each case is different, the level of care necessary differs significantly. In some cases, patients will need ongoing attention and care. This is particularly true in situations involving surgery or other procedures. Not adequately caring for a patient can have dire consequences. There are various situations where medical mistakes can occur. When patients suffer injuries due to surgical errors, anesthesia errors, medication errors, misdiagnoses, labor and delivery errors, or even supervision errors, they end up paying endlessly.
When doctors or other health care providers are found to be negligent as a result of their medical mistakes, it means they have not failed to provide the acceptable standard of care. These providers failed to use the level of precaution and skill that other medical professionals in the same geographic area and specialty would have used in similar circumstances. Medical mistakes can cause significant injuries to patients that can result in long-term disabilities, impairments, or even death.
Various patients injured under these circumstances are left with even more pain and suffering. To make matters even worse, they are often bombarded by stacking medical bills necessary to address the serious consequences they face. When patients are harmed as a result of a medical mistake, they can seek compensation to help alleviate the financial burdens they face. Working with lawyers for medical mistakes helps those harmed get the justice they deserve and the compensation they need to move forward.
The Malpractice Group Can Help You
Being forced to endure the consequences of a medical mistake can be disastrous. Not only are victims left to bear unimaginable mental and physical pain and suffering, but the financial burdens they face related to medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages are often insurmountable. Victims should not be forced to pay for someone else’s medical mistake. Instead, it is crucial that injured patients reach out to an aggressive medical mistake lawyer as soon as possible. Victims may be entitled to compensation to alleviate the financial burdens they face from their injuries and these traumatic experiences.
Our medical mistakes lawyers at The Malpractice Group of WVFO advocate on behalf of injured patients to ensure their legal rights are protected. We firmly comprehend the challenges that victims face as they recover and move forward after being subjected to medical mistakes. We understand the pain and suffering victims face and how difficult it can be for them to seek medical treatment from another provider in the future. The mental and emotional consequences of these injuries should not be overlooked. Instead, our medical mistakes lawyers fight to ensure victims are fully and fairly compensated so they can get the help they need for their injuries and try to obtain some sense of normalcy again in their lives. Contact our law firm today at (312) 561-4324 to discuss the circumstances surrounding your injuries. Our team will work with you to determine the best approach to ensuring you get the justice and compensation you deserve.