What Are Some Of The Most Serious Injuries Resulting From Medical Malpractice?
Most of the time, the staff at health care centers provide a high quality of care that helps their patients. Sadly, that is not always the case. Sometimes, health care professionals make mistakes and those errors can lead to serious patient injuries. The most serious injuries resulting from medical malpractice include birth injuries, misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical errors and wrongful death. In fact, in 2016, Johns Hopkins Medicine stated that medical malpractice was the third-leading cause of death in the country.
What Are Birth Injuries?
The birthing process is an extremely difficult one for both mother and baby. There are a number of health care professionals in the birthing room, and each one is expected to know when to take immediate action in the event that something goes wrong. They are also expected to know what action should be taken. When they do not, either the mother or infant can suffer serious harm and often, that harm is lifelong.
What Is A Misdiagnosis And Delayed Diagnosis?
Doctors must be able to recognize conditions and illnesses soon after a patient sees them for treatment. When doctors cannot do this, a patient’s diagnosis may get delayed, which means their treatment is also delayed and their condition or illness may harm them further. When a doctor makes the wrong diagnosis, the condition or illness can also injure a patient. However, when medication is wrongly prescribed for that wrong diagnosis, it can also injure the patient or exacerbate their actual illness.
What Is A Surgical Error?
Surgical errors are some of the most traumatizing, and the most common, types of medical malpractice. Tools may be left in body cavities, the wrong body part may be operated on, or anesthesiologists may not properly administer and monitor the necessary medication during surgery. Post-surgery care is just as important as care during surgery, and when health care professionals cannot provide that proper care, they can be held liable.
My Loved One Should Not Have Died; What Next?
In the worst-case scenarios, injuries from medical malpractice may become so severe that the patient does not survive it. This is devastating for family members of the deceased. When a wrongful death occurs, surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim that can help them recover their losses, with the help of a medical malpractice attorney. More importantly, a wrongful death claim will also hold liable parties accountable so that a similar accident does not happen again.
Can You Help Me?
Medical malpractice is much more common than people think, and it results in some of the most severe injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered harm from medical malpractice, it is important that you speak to a medical malpractice attorney today. At Willoughby Law Firm, Inc., we can help with these most complex claims and help you secure the compensation you and your family need. Email us or call 415-870-2778 to schedule a free consultation, so we can start reviewing your case.