What is Medical Malpractice?
While some believe that Medical Malpractice is not common, the Institute of Medicine study showed that 98,000 patients die each year from preventable medical errors. Medical errors are the 6th biggest cause of death in the US.
It is when a doctor, nurse, surgeon, dentist, or any other medical professional does their job in a way that strays or deviates or falls below what is the accepted standards of practice in the medical community.
This improper care or failure to give proper care causes serious injury, life-changing harm, or death.
What are the types of medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a broad category that comes in a wide variety of forms.
Misdiagnosis is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. These errors include heart attack diagnosis or coronary artery disease or delay in diagnosing cancer.
Surgical Errors include failing to carefully do the surgery – unintentionally cutting an artery or organ, operating on the wrong leg or arm. Some surgical errors have to do with foreign fluids – such as urine, bile or feces – entering the abdominal cavity through a cut unintentionally made. This can lead to severe infections and sepsis, or septic shock which can lead to a patients’ death.
Failure to Treat in a Timely Manner Birth injury cases also often result from a failure to treat in a timely manner. There have been numerous cases of fetal distress and a failure to perform a c-section in time, resulting in permanent brain injury, or cerebral palsy in a newborn baby.
Failure to conduct the appropriate medical tests – Traumatic brain injuries from hospital negligence in not ordering scans that show bleeds or swelling in the brain — can leave your loved one in a state of constant care. This care can be financially draining and you will need compensation to help pay for this ongoing and often life-long care.
Failure to monitor patient vital signs can lead to respiratory failure or cardiac arrest…
At Koonz McKenney – we have over 30 years of experience and offer free consultations to determine whether you may have a medical malpractice claim.