Typical Forms Of Malpractice Injuries
Despite the faith we put into medical professionals to treat our illnesses and injuries, there are still risks associated with most treatments. In fact, according to a Johns Hopkins study, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in our country, with more than 250,000 people falling victim to these injuries every year.
At the Ocala office of Piccin & Glynn, our lawyers have no tolerance for these injuries. They have more than 70 combined years of experience holding doctors and hospitals accountable for their actions that cause their patients so much harm. Over the years that our attorneys have represented our clients through their malpractice claims, they have seen which forms of malpractice are more common than others.
The Most Common Ways Malpractice Could Harm You
To help you avoid suffering from medical malpractice at your next visit to the hospital or doctor, our team has determined five of the most common injuries that our clients suffer and what causes them. With this information in mind, you can keep an eye out for the signs of malpractice and avoid suffering an injury altogether. Five forms of malpractice to watch out for include:
- Birth injuries: It is no secret how delicate a newborn child is, but that does not stop medical staff from accidentally causing injuries like brain bleeds, nerve damage, cerebral palsy and more.
- Failure to diagnose: Even the most experienced doctors can still make mistakes. In fact, their experience can be what causes them to make assumptions and avoid asking critical questions when meeting with patients before their diagnoses. A delayed diagnosis can give an illness or injury the time it needs to become fatal, so it is important to get the diagnosis right as soon as possible.
- Misdiagnosis: When doctors do ask the right questions, there can still be problems. Testing equipment and test results can be faulty due to poor care, human error or other factors, resulting in a doctor treating you for the wrong injury or even exacerbating your true ailment.
- Surgical errors: Performing the wrong operation, operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical supplies in a patient, making anesthesia errors and not providing sufficient post-op care can all cause catastrophic injuries.
- Medication errors: When a medical professional gives you the wrong medication, delays the medication you need, or overdoses or underdoses you, you can suffer complications like addiction, a worsened condition and death.
If you believe that you have suffered from medical malpractice, then you should first reach out to us for the legal guidance you need to protect your best interests. Do not accept a settlement offer or waive your right to file a claim without consulting an attorney first.
Get The Information You Need
If you want to confirm whether you have suffered from medical malpractice and what your options are, contact our Florida attorneys today. Call 352-558-8480 or email us here for your free initial consultation and take the first step in defending your best interests.