A person seeks medical attention for help and in the overwhelming majority of cases they receive that help that allows them to live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a mistake. No doctor or nurse intended this, it was a tragic error. Consequently, this oversight, if it is caught, may lead to further complications and injury.
Like many of us, both doctors and nurses tend not to admit mistakes and you may need a lawyer to simply “get to the bottom of this”. So if you think you or your loved ones condition was due to a medical mistake, please allow our office to advise you of any legal options you may have.
If we get sick or injured, we almost always seek some kind of medical attention to help us get better, whether its a quick check up with our general physician or a trip to the hospital or emergency room. We place trust in our doctors to treat us safely and effectively so that we can recover and feel better again. We certainly do not expect to leave our doctors in worse shape than when we came in.
Unfortunately, mistakes and carelessness do happen during medical treatments, and the stories are always frightening to hear about. Whether it was a doctor, a nurse, a staff member at a nursing home, a surgeon, or an anesthesiologist, any kind of medical error is upsetting. Medical malpractice cases affect thousands of people in the United States each year, but not every medical issue is considered malpractice. It is important to know the definition of malpractice so you can identify it if it happens to you.
Legally, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional (for example, a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or nursing home attendant) do not follow medical standards of treatment or practice, which create negative consequences for the patient. Medical professionals are expected to diagnose the patient effectively and efficiently by running appropriate tests and using treatments that are relevant to the symptoms. But if they fail to follow these standards, they could be considered responsible for any sickness, injury, or death that the patient experiences as a result. If this has happened to you or a loved one, be sure to contact a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer right away to help you begin your case.
Negligence on the part of a medical professional can occur in a number of different places and circumstances. A particularly common instance of medical malpractice is in surgery. Because of the highly specialized care that surgical procedures require, the chances of making a mistake are much higher. There have been publicized stories of surgeons leaving equipment inside the patient after surgery, but more common errors include operating in the wrong spot, using unsterile equipment, or administering too much or too little anesthesia.
Medical malpractice also frequently happens in hospitals and emergency rooms, where doctors see dozens of people every day. This can often lead to doctors not giving each patient the attention they deserve, which can result in patients be misdiagnosed or even confused with other patients. Sometimes, giving a patient the wrong treatment for a health issue they dont have could lead to further illness or injury, or in the worst cases, even death.
Patients waiting too long in the ER can also suffer from medical malpractice. Sometimes, the illness or injury will get much worse if it is not treated as soon as possible, and if the doctors failed to prioritize a serious illness or injury, they could be held responsible for it getting worse. People in hospitals or ERs could also experience medical malpractice if they get infections from dirty equipment, misdiagnoses from inaccurate test results, the wrong medications, or even from having a doctor who does not communicate the right information with the patient, causing you to make uninformed decisions about your health. These errors can result in worsened symptoms, additional illnesses or injuries, and even death in the most serious instances.
You can even suffer from medical malpractice at your primary care doctors office. Even if you just had a checkup, your doctor, nurse, or physicians assistant could have used deviated from standard procedure by ordering the wrong tests or misreading your lab results. If the doctor or nurse gave you the wrong vaccine or used unsterile equipment, you could even end up sick although you had just come in for a checkup.
Some of the most tragic instances of medical malpractice happen at nursing homes, where elderly patients can be neglected or abused by nursing home staff and administration. Left unattended, patients could slip and fall and seriously hurt themselves. Nursing home residents often suffer from bed sores if they are not looked after, as well as malnutrition and dehydration. In extreme cases, elderly patients are sometimes even beaten by staff or left to die prematurely.
Medical malpractice involving infants is yet another tragic instance of malpractice, yet it can occur more frequently than we like to imagine. Occasionally during the delivery, doctors or assistants will mishandle the baby and cause injuries that could result in disabilities or even death. If a baby does not receive enough oxygen at birth, it could suffer from hypoxia which can turn into cerebral palsy. The mother and baby must also be monitored closely throughout the process to detect if there are any issues. Failure to do so on the doctors part could mean that the doctor is liable for any injuries or illnesses that occur as a result.
If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, or if it has happened to a loved one, do not hesitate to call a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney today. Our experienced lawyers will use medical records and other evidence to prove that the doctor, nurse, or PA was at fault for your illness or injury. They will then negotiate with them to get you the full settlement that you deserve to cover your continuing medical bills as well as your pain and suffering. Call us by phone or email 24/7? for a free consultation about your medical malpractice case.