Medical malpractice refers to cases when medical professionals stray from standardized or reasonable behaviors and doing so causes harm to the individual or group of individuals they are treating. There are many types of medical malpractice and it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether or not you have been victimized by a situation of malpractice. In this article, we will explore some cases of medical malpractice, why they are considered malpractice, and what it means to you if they are relevant to your case.
Attorneys like those at Hach & Rose represent common cases of medical malpractice like:
- Surgical errors
- Improper treatment
- Wrong diagnosis
- Emergency room errors
- Delayed treatment
- Birth injuries
- Hospital negligence
- Wrongful death
Surgical errors might occur when a surgeon fails to properly close a wound or accidentally causes a wound. Errors like these can cause short and long term consequences like infections, bleeding, and even death.
Improper treatment includes behaviors like prescribing an incorrect medicine or dosage or encouraging a type of treatment that is unreasonable or has shown to have no benefits. This type also includes unnecessary surgeries, wrong site surgeries and leaving tools inside the body following a surgery.
Wrong diagnosis happens whenever a doctor intentionally or unintentionally, due to lack of thoroughness, misdiagnoses a patient’s illness. Cases like this can be catastrophic since all subsequent treatments might be useless or even detrimental to the patient’s actual condition. Doctors have a responsibility to be thorough and meticulous in their diagnoses and can be held liable if they fail to secure the patient’s health by doing so.
Emergency room errors refer to any behaviors in an emergency room that might harm or prevent access to treatment to a patient in an emergency situation. Emergency rooms are typically high stress and many patients might be within hours or even minutes of dying when they arrive for treatment. In the midst of this stress, many things can go wrong that might’ve been easily prevented like loss of blood or an infection from a failure to sterilize. In these cases, and others, the surgeon or another party might be held liable for any damages that are incurred.
Delayed treatment can be catastrophic depending on the ailment and how long the treatment is delayed. Sometimes, due to a doctor’s negligence, sheer number of patients, or many other factors, some patients aren’t given an appropriate treatment in the correct timeframe for which it would be most effective. When this happens, the treatment’s effectiveness could be greatly reduced or ultimately invalidated, possibly leaving the patient in an even worse predicament than before. Many ailments require prompt action and failure to respond on the doctor’s part can make her legally liable for any damages that are caused because of delayed treatment.
Birth injuries are any damages done to a mother or child during birth. These can include short and long term conditions like Cerebral Palsy, brain damage and spine damage. Some conditions that existed before birth may not have a case.