THE MAIN TYPES OF CASES MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYERS HELP WITH
When we visit a doctor or a hospital, we trust that they will take our needs, care and health as seriously as we do. While not always common, errors in judgement, diagnosis and/or treatment by doctors, pharmacists and medical facilities can result in damages that medical malpractice lawyers may be able to seek retribution for. If negligence, misdiagnosis or mistreatment is determined, the doctor or hospital may be found liable for the injury, pain and suffering, or even loss of life. What kind of cases fit into this category?
There are many types of cases that medical malpractice lawyers can help with, however a few main types are misdiagnosis, medication errors, surgery errors, and pregnancy and childbirth errors.
Misdiagnosis refers to when a doctor fails to diagnose the correct condition or delays the diagnosis of a condition to the point where the patient suffers greatly as a result. For example, if a doctor fails to diagnose cancer and treats the patient as if they had another condition, and the treatment for that condition actually made the cancer worse, there may be grounds for a lawsuit. However, in these situations, it is important to be able to prove in court that any competent and skilled doctor would not have missed obvious signs of the illness.
If a doctor prescribes a medication that is incorrect, too high of a dosage, or interacts dangerously with other drugs the patient is currently taking, this could be an example of a situation that medical malpractice lawyers may be of assistance. For example, if an improper amount of anesthesia is administered to a patient during surgery and they are permanently brain damaged as a result, the patient may have grounds for a suit.
Many errors can be made during surgery. The body is open and subjected to possible materials left inside the operating area. The wrong organ or body part could be operated on. The nursing staff could be ineffective during aftercare. All of these are examples of possible situations in which the patient may seek the assistance of medical malpractice lawyers.
PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH ERRORS
As a woman carries her child, she relies on medical professionals to help guide her through the nine-month gestation period. From conception to birth, there are a multitude of decisions made based on the advice of OB-GYNs or other physicians. If a child or mother is injured due to the negligence of a doctor, medical malpractice lawyers may be able to assist.
Regardless of the condition or type of malpractice in question, it is important for patients to get as much information as they can prior to seeking out representation. Data, information, medical records and other evidence the victim has will be helpful. Should the victim decide to seek a lawyer, an attorney will seek proper retribution that is fair and just.