Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional breaches their duty of care, resulting in the injury or death of a patient. Medical malpractice is not a very common occurrence, but common procedures can result in medical malpractice. Since medical malpractice is an extremely serious issue that can cause great harm or even death, it often results in the healthcare professional losing their license.
Not every case where you are unhappy with your care or do not receive the outcome you expected is a case of medical malpractice. You should consult an attorney who is well-versed in medical malpractice suits before pursuing legal action against a healthcare professional or establishment. Here are some legitimate examples of medical malpractice:
Childbirth – During pregnancy/childbirth a doctor may misdiagnose or completely miss a medical condition in the mother. This may then lead to complications during birth, injury to the mother and/or child and could even result in loss of life by the mother, the child or both.
Administering Anesthesia – An error in administering anesthesia can be extremely dangerous and can even lead to permanent injury, brain damage, or death. Malpractice during the process of administering anesthesia is often caused by giving the patient an improper dose or failing to check medical history.
Surgery – A mistake in the operating room can be a costly one which may result in a wide variety of injuries and even death. Some of the most common malpractice during surgery includes operating on the wrong part of the body, leaving surgical tools or equipment inside the body, puncturing an organ or blood vessel and improper care and clean up which causes infections.
Improper Diagnosis – Being improperly diagnosed can be the start of a big medical malpractice issue because it could result in misuse of medicine, errors during treatment and a host of other problems.
At Holman Law Firm, our attorneys will work hard for you by consulting medical experts in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, and other fields in reviewing and analyzing the actions of doctors, radiologists, nurses, and attendants in medical malpractice cases.
We will subpoena patient medical records, video feeds from operating and delivery rooms, as well as staffing reports. We may ask why certain tests weren’t conducted, why certain symptoms were ignored or missed or why standard treatment protocols weren’t followed.
If you or a loved one has suffered from medical malpractice resulting in injury or death, call us today at our office to schedule a free initial consultation.