What Injuries Are Constituted As Medical Malpractice?
Posted by: albright on Fri, Sep 27, 2019Share this post
You expect quality, expert care when you consult with your doctor for a health concern. And, although most doctors and healthcare professionals do their best to take care of everyone they treat, mistakes still happen, many of which have life-altering consequences for the patient. In some cases, if a patient was not treated correctly, the medical professional may be liable for further injury.
Anytime you believe that you may have been the victim of a medical mistake, contact a malpractice law firm in Vegas immediately to see if you may be eligible to recover damages. If you were a victim of medical malpractice, contact the Las Vegas medical malpractice lawyers Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright today.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured by a hospital, doctor, nurse, or another healthcare professional who fails to provide proper medical treatment. The failure to provide proper medical care might be the result of errors in testing and diagnosis, treatment, recovery and rehabilitation, aftercare, or health management.
What Are Examples of Medical Malpractice?
Although there are many types of medical malpractice claims, some are more common than others. Here are some of the most common examples of medical malpractice that might lead to a lawsuit:
1. Failure to Diagnose and Misdiagnosis
There are nearly 12 million people misdiagnosed each year in the United States, and for each one of these patients, the diagnostic errors delay proper treatment. Unfortunately, when a doctor misdiagnoses a health condition, the patient might miss treatment opportunities that could prevent serious harm or even death.
2. Childbirth Injuries
Medical malpractice can cause many fetal injuries, including fractured bones, seizure disorders, and cerebral palsy. The injuries can occur either prior to or during birth. However, remember there are many causes (other than medical malpractice) for these types of childbirth injuries.
3. Unnecessary Surgery
Unnecessary surgery may be the result of misdiagnosis, or it may occur when a doctor does not try to treat the patient with less invasive measures before operating on them. It can lead to severe or even life-threatening complications, including hemorrhaging, damage to organs, amputation, anesthesia errors, infection, and death.
4. Surgical Errors
Surgical errors include operating on the wrong surgery site, cutting the wrong incision site, or leaving a foreign object inside the body. Surgical errors can lead to infections, lifelong damage, chronic pain, paralysis, and death.
5. Prescription Drug Errors
Prescription drug errors occur when a patient is given the wrong medication or wrong dosage. They may also occur when patients are not made aware of all the side effects of a drug. Many prescription drug errors go unreported by patients.
If you consulted with your doctor to feel better, but they only made you feel worse, contact a malpractice law firm in Vegas today. At Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright, we are experienced Las Vegas medical malpractice lawyers ready to fight for you.