When it comes to medical malpractice errors, doctors and nurses have a duty of care responsibility to their patients. That means they are responsible for ensuring that all safety precautions and procedures are in place to prevent harm. However, that is not always the case. According to a John Hopkins study, more than 250,000 U.S. citizens die each year from medical malpractice.
The good news is that you can get compensation for medical malpractice errors that lead to short or long-term disabilities or worse. Some of them include the following:
1. Incorrect Procedures
The surgeon performs the wrong surgical procedure on you due to a miscommunication with staff or due to human error in documentation.
2. Incorrect Medication
Your physician may prescribe the wrong prescription medication to you either by accident or because of an incorrect diagnosis. If consuming the medication leads to pain, discomfort, or worse you can ask for compensation.
3. An Operation Conducted On the Wrong Side
If the surgeon performs the right surgical procedure on you, but on the wrong side, you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
4. Anesthesia Errors
These errors occur when anesthesiologists, doctors, and other healthcare professionals fail to check the equipment and monitor patient progress while he/she is unconscious during surgery. The patient can suffer a heart attack, stroke, brain damage, or even die on the operating table.
5. Pregnancy Errors
Medical malpractice errors that lead to a pregnancy loss during the planning, pregnancy, and labor/delivery stages are grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. In some cases, the baby can also suffer from disabilities such as cerebral palsy.
6. Missed or Delayed Diagnoses
If a medical diagnosis is delayed or missed, it can prevent a patient from getting the treatment he/she needs to get well or even survive. Diagnostic errors include a doctor giving a patient a clean bill of health despite symptoms that prove the contrary. Plus, if someone is diagnosed with a condition he/she doesn’t have, it is also grounds for a lawsuit.
Medical malpractice errors can turn your life upside down and can also lead to the loss of a loved one. At this time, seeking counsel from a team of experienced attorneys makes sense. Give us a call today in our office in Schaumburg, IL to discuss your case.
At I Am Calling My Lawyer, we can help you determine whether you have a case or not and can also offer you an estimate of the potential settlement amount. We have over 50 years of combined legal experience.