Medical malpractice refers to injuries caused by oversight, a mistake, or overall negligence by a medical professional. Malpractice can also happen when a medical provider does not provide proper treatment within the standard of care. Those providers are required to prevent death and injuries that are within their power to do so. A case of medical malpractice falls into the scope of personal injury and providers can be held liable under the law if they are found guilty of negligence. The following are some examples of medical malpractice claims:
A patient who needs surgery has the expectation they will receive the necessary treatment and have a typical outcome based on the prognosis given by the provider. Sadly, errors can happen and result in injury or death. Most surgical errors are accidental, but some are due to negligence. Errors can happen when a provider does not pay attention to details during the procedure, uses unsterile tools, leaves foreign bodies within the patient, or acts negligently in any way.
Birth injuries happen when a mother gives birth to a baby and one or both of them receive an injury due to the actions of a medical provider during the birth. This happens when both patients are not properly monitored, forceps are used unnecessarily, a provider performs a C-section when not necessary, or a provider does not perform a C-section when the health of the mother and baby is on the line. Any failure to accurately care for a mother and baby during the birthing process can lead to a variety of problems and even death for one or both of them.
Babies who are deprived of oxygen as they are born can suffer catastrophic brain injuries. Mothers can lose too much blood and require ongoing transfusions after birth. Some mothers can receive injuries so severe that they may no longer be able to carry a healthy pregnancy. In addition, mothers can suffer from severe emotional and mental trauma after experiencing a birth injury.
It is not uncommon to get more than one diagnosis based on the symptoms you are exhibiting. However, a medical provider that diagnoses the patient improperly can have catastrophic results. A patient may end up living a life in pain or worse, dying from an undiagnosed illness. The provider must do their due diligence to determine what your illness is, no matter how much testing needs to be done. You can also not receive a diagnosis at all, which can also have a devastating outcome.
Contact a local personal injury lawyer to learn more.