Medical Malpractice

A USA Today article reported medical malpractice to be the #3 leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer.

We hear and read about medical mistakes all too often:

  • A doctor prescribes a medication or device without properly informing the patient of potential risks. Or the pharmaceutical manufacturer doesn’t disclose all the risks to the doctor or public.
  • A nurse accidentally administers the wrong medication, too much, or not enough.
  • Cosmetic surgery turns to disfigurement – or worse
  • Medical instruments were left in the body of a patient after a surgery
  • A surgeon operated on the wrong body part or the wrong patient
  • An artery is accidentally severed during surgery

If you received medical treatment that subsequently worsened your existing injury or resulted in a new one, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim for your injuries.

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If you or a loved one was harmed due to the conduct of a medical practitioner or facility, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078. Because medical malpractice claims are highly complex and difficult to pursue, we urge you to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney about your unique circumstances. You could be eligible for reimbursement for:

  • Lost income
  • Medical costs to repair current and future damages
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering and mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

Common Areas of Mistakes and Potential Liability

Anesthesia

  • Choosing the incorrect drug
  • Administering drugs that interact negatively with one another
  • Administering the wrong dosage of the drug
  • Giving a drug to an allergic patient
  • Failing to monitor vital signs
  • Failing to act upon changes in vital signs
  • Administering anesthesia too late
  • Failing to intubate
  • Failing to use machines correctly
  • Using faulty equipment
  • Shutting off the alarm on the pulse oximeter
  • Failing to inform the patient of instructions regarding the procedure

Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis

  • Choosing the incorrect drug
  • Failing to thoroughly examine medical history
  • Failing to interpret tests correctly
  • Failing to listen to the patient
  • Failing to recognize symptoms
  • Ordering an improper test

Medical Device Error

There are four primary types of potential issues with regard to medical devices that might cause injury or death to a patient:

  • Design defects
  • Inadequate warnings on the part of the manufacturer or the FDA
  • Manufacturing defects
  • Improper marketing

Birth Injury

Birth injury refers to any trauma sustained by an infant in the womb or during the birth process. Mishandling and miscommunication among the birthing team can potentially result in dozens of types of temporary or permanent damages, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, fractures, and brain damage, among many other injuries.

The mother can suffer a wide range of damages too from severe blood loss and hemorrhage, to infections from a C-section, and overuse of Pitocin (Oxytocin injection) which is used to induce labor.

Postoperative Negligence

After a surgery medical professionals are responsible for monitoring patients for potential complications. This includes but is not limited to giving medications and treatment to prevent and treat infections, monitoring vital signs, and explaining post-operative care instructions. A wide range of complications can occur after surgery if your surgical team did not provide duty of care:

  • Blood clots or pulmonary embolism
  • Bacterial infections of the bloodstream or surgical site, including MRSA and Staph
  • Internal bleeding
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Organ perforation that went unnoticed
  • Peritonitis
  • Pneumonia or other respiratory infections
  • Sepsis
  • Tissue necrosis (death)
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Viral infections

Hospital and Emergency Room Errors

Any medical facility can be liable for injuries caused by negligent employees and other systemic problems within the facility. Some of these might include unreasonably long ER wait times, infections acquired from unsanitary instruments or improper protocol. Other areas of liability include:

  • Administering anesthesia too late
  • Administering drugs that interact negatively with one another
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Failing to consult a specialist when appropriate
  • Failing to identify allergies to medications
  • Failing to inform patient of procedural instructions
  • Failing to intubate
  • Failing to monitor vital signs
  • Failing to order required tests
  • Failing to react to changes in vital signs
  • Failing to use machines correctly or using faulty machines
  • Ignoring a patient’s condition
  • Inaccurate diagnosis
  • Overdosing or under-dosing a medication
  • Patient neglect
  • Performing unnecessary surgeries
  • Unsanitary medical equipment

Pharmacy Errors

Always check your medications to make sure you are given the correct drugs and the right dosage.

Many drugs have a similar name, and when a busy pharmacist or technician is scrolling down the list of drugs to administer, it can be easy to accidentally check the wrong box. Mistakes can and often do happen in this manner. You may also incur damages when you’re not asked about allergies or whether you are taking other medications that could react with the one prescribed. If you are not given correct information on how and when to take a medication, severe consequences can result and the pharmacy or pharmacist could potentially be held liable for damages.

Other Areas of Health Care Malpractice

  • Chiropractic
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Dental
  • Failure to follow advanced medical directives and living wills
  • Failure to properly read X-rays and other diagnostic tests
  • Misdiagnosed herniated disks
  • Neglect or unclean environment
  • Negligent abandonment of patient
  • OBGYN
  • Orthopedic
  • Podiatry
  • Psychiatric
  • Wrongful death

Get a FREE North Carolina Medical Malpractice Case Evaluation

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Yet they can be highly complex and difficult to prove without experienced representation behind you. If you or a loved one was harmed due to the conduct of a medical practitioner or facility, contact us immediately or call 1-866-900-7078. An experienced team of professionals will evaluate the unique circumstances of your medical malpractice case for free and let you know if you may have a claim.

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