When we go to the doctor’s office or to the hospital, we expect to emerge healthier than we were when we went in. However, this isn’t always the case. Healthcare workers such as nurses, doctors, surgeons, and other staff make mistakes, and some of these can have disastrous consequences. Physicians and healthcare facilities are required to carry malpractice insurance, to provide protection in case of these injuries, which affect millions of people each year.
Depending on the type of medicine being practiced and your own health-related circumstances, certain injuries can arise from the negligence of another party. When the actions or choices of a healthcare provider have resulted in your injury, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim.
Here are the most common types of medical malpractice claims:
You rely on your doctor to diagnose your condition correctly, so you can make appropriate choices for your care. However, sometimes doctors misdiagnose, leading to one of two scenarios: lack of care when it was needed (e.g. failing to diagnose cancer = lack of treatment) or unnecessary and potentially harmful care when it wasn’t needed (e.g. diagnosing cancer and prescribing chemo when you didn’t have cancer).
While operating rooms are usually clean and well-organized, errors are sometimes made during surgery. Common surgical errors include: nerve or vessel damage, failing to control bleeding, incorrectly dosed anesthesia, operating on the wrong body part, and leaving surgical instruments inside the body cavity.
Thousands of people suffer illness and even death due to faulty medication dosing and/or interactions. Administering the wrong medication, the wrong dose, or failing to see a potentially dangerous drug interaction are common errors in the healthcare industry. These errors can be made by anyone, including nurses and pharmacists.
A large and complicated type of medical malpractice involves obstetrics and gynecology. There are many things that can go wrong during pregnancy and childbirth, and providers such as physicians, surgeons, midwives, and nurses make mistakes routinely. From failing to treat a pregnancy complication or birth defect, to endangering the mother’s life during the birthing process, OB/GYN errors can be very serious.
If you or someone you love has suffered injury due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, you have the right to seek justice. Nater Law is proud to be an experienced medical malpractice law firm in Orlando. Reach out to us today and request your free consultation.