According to the Journal of Patient Safety, over 440,000 people die each year due to medical malpractice. Injured victims face significant long-term health issues due to brain damage, paralysis, nerve damage, and other permanent injuries that require ongoing medical care. When these otherwise preventable deaths and injuries are caused by the negligence or action of a physician, then it could be a case of medical malpractice.
Over the years, our medical malpractice attorneys have seen firsthand how these physician errors have devastated families.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
Malpractice occurs when a physician fails to correctly diagnose a condition or disease. This can result in a patient receiving the wrong treatment, or not receiving the correct treatment in time, which can cause death or injury.
Physician errors during prenatal care or childbirth can result in the severe injury or death of the mother and/or infant. Birth injury malpractice includes: failure to identify birth defects, failure to diagnose the mother’s medical condition, waiting too long to perform a C-section, not responding to fetal distress, and the improper use of forceps during delivery.
This type of medical malpractice involves the physician prescribing the wrong medication or dosage level to a patient. The results can be catastrophic to the health of a victim.
Anesthesiologists have a small margin for error during surgery. Death, brain damage and other injuries can occur due to the following: not checking a patient’s medical history, administering too much anesthesia, using defective equipment, or failing to monitor the vital signs of the patient.
Instances of surgery malpractice are the result of surgeon negligence, performing the wrong operation, the damage of internal organs, and substandard post-op care. These errors can result in paralysis, losing limbs, nerve damage, and wrongful death.
If you have been the victim of the negligence or wrongful action of a physician, Prochaska, Howell & Prochaska LLC want to review your case. Our medical malpractice attorneys give every client the personal care and attention you deserve. Please call our medical malpractice attorneys today for a consultation.