When it comes to medical malpractice, there are some cases that appear before a judge with more regularity than others. While any medical error or negligent act can be the grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, there are certain errors that are more common than others. When a person is injured at the hands of a medical professional, they are well within their legal rights to file a case for damages.
That said, it is important to be aware that not all cases of error or neglect on the part of medical staff will result in a successful medical malpractice case. Like any other personal injury case, a medical malpractice lawsuit requires that several elements be proven. These include:
If these elements are not in place, a person may not have a successful medical malpractice lawsuit. When a person believes that they have been injured by a medical professional, they should consult with a qualified, experienced attorney for assistance in determining if they have the elements necessary for a successful case.
The following is a list of the most common causes for medical malpractice cases, in general, in the country. While statistics may vary from year to year, these errors are the most typical causes for lawsuits.
When a doctor fails to diagnose a patient with the correct condition or at all, they are said to have misdiagnosed the patient. When a medical professional diagnoses a patient too late, they are said to have delivered a delayed diagnosis.
In either case, the results can prove to be ultimately fatal, making this a very dangerous error. When a person isn’t given the proper diagnosis in a timely manner, they are unable to seek treatment for their condition. In some cases, this doesn’t result in any additional problems. In other cases, such as a missed or delayed diagnosis of cancer, it can prove fatal.
As the population ages, medication errors are becoming more common. This is not because of doctors, but because of patient error. Those taking prescription medication may have failed to alert their doctor to the drugs they are currently taking. They may misread their prescription bottle and take too much of a medication. They may skip doses. In these cases, there is no medical malpractice.
In some cases, however, a doctor may prescribe an incorrect dose of medication. In other instances, a doctor may prescribe the right amount, but another medical professional may deliver an inaccurate dosage. When these things occur, a patient may have a case for medical malpractice.
It is understandable that people are nervous when it comes to being put under and having a surgical procedure. Anesthesia errors and those that occur during surgery do not happen often, but they do happen. They make an appearance in court typically due to their severity.
For example, if a person is given too much anesthesia, they are at risk for permanent brain damage or death. If a person has the wrong limb operated on or the wrong organ removed, there are lifelong consequences.
Injuries that occur during childbirth are considered to be very serious. There are several injuries that can be caused to an infant when a medical professional makes a mistake during delivery. These injuries include broken bones, nerve damage and brain injuries. There are two categories of childbirth medical malpractice: negligence during prenatal care and negligence during delivery.
When a doctor fails to provide adequate care for a pregnant mother, injuries and illness to the fetus can be a result. Birth defects, diseases and other medical conditions should all be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Mistakes made during the delivery of a child can impact both mother and infant. In some cases, a child may be deprived of oxygen and suffer brain injury. In the worst cases, a doctor’s mistake results in the death of the infant.
If you believe that you have been injured by a medical professional in West Palm Beach, you have legal rights. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys today for assistance. We will help you schedule an appointment for a case evaluation and we will advise you of your rights. Let us assist you in taking the appropriate next steps in recovering your losses. We will not take your case if we do not believe that medical malpractice exists and your first consultation will be held at no cost to you. Call today or browse our website for more information about our firm.