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Patients treated by a health professional expect competence from the provider. All health care professionals are held to standards of care, and you expect the professional to follow them. Malpractice is a result of a professional’s misconduct. It also stems from a failure to use adequate levels of care, skill or diligence in how they follow through in their duties. When this happens, you or your loved one are harmed.
We also work on wrongful death cases with families who have lost a loved one due to medical malpractice. Whatever type of medical malpractice case, no matter how difficult it might seem, contact us. We can help your family get your lives back on track.
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A child’s birth is a joyous event. But when the infant suffers injuries or trauma because of poor medical attention and negligence, you and your loved ones are entitled to the right to fight for your hardship during what should be a special time.
Birth injuries refer to a variety of injuries that happen to a child or mother. Some injuries take place during natural childbirth, but others may be a result of medical malpractice. Injuries may occur before, during or directly after delivery. Birth injuries include:
- Fractures to the arm or collar bone
- Bruising on the face or head
- Facial paralysis
- Skin irritations
- Umbilical cord entrapment
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Brain damage
Warning signs of birth injuries
Many birth injury cases are related to the negligence of medical professionals. Complications can surface during pregnancy and labor, and when overlooked or mistreated, your health care provider may be liable for injuries to your infant. Signs that your baby may have sustained a birth injury include:
- Seizures that develop within 24 to 48 hours after birth
- Persistent poor nursing
- An infant that is “floppy” after five minutes
- An APGAR score of 5 or less at five minutes; 7 or less at 10 minutes
- Prolonged resuscitation of the baby after delivery
- No infant cry before the child is 10 minutes old (unless the baby has a breathing tube in his or her throat)
- Full-term baby who does not go home with his or her mother
Nursing home abuse is a growing concern in the nation, considering that millions of elderly live in nursing homes today. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sets strict regulations for nursing homes, it is not unusual for nursing home staff to take advantage of the residents’ vulnerability.
Elderly abuse in nursing homes can take many forms. The abuse primarily is an act or oversight by a caregiver or professional staff member that causes harm to a nursing home resident. The abuse sometimes can result in wrongful death. Nursing home abuse is a criminal act. Nursing home abuse can include:
- Neglect to provide necessary care, food, water, medicine, clothing or necessities for living
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse such as threats, humiliation, verbal assault and isolation
- Abuse of court-appointed roles such as guardianship or power of attorney
Physicians who fail to diagnose illnesses or mistake the symptoms of one illness for another place patients at an increased risk for harm. A doctor’s error in judgment can result in patients not receiving timely treatment. People suffering from cancer, heart disease or other serious illnesses need immediate attention so they can receive the best possible diagnosis.
An illness that is left untreated for a long period can lead to serious consequences, such as the need for high-risk surgery. A patient could die in some cases due to a doctor’s mistake. Diagnosing errors can include:
- Failure to properly analyze lab results
- Failure to order a biopsy
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Delayed diagnosis of cancer
- Misinterpretation of tests
- Failure to order necessary lab or medical tests
- Failure to monitor changes in a patient’s progression of a misdiagnosed disease
During surgery, it’s the job of physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and other medical professionals to make snap decisions that ultimately could determine the patient’s fate.
Unfortunately, costly mistakes occur during surgery as a result of many factors, including long hours, lack of adequate training and workplace stress. Some of these errors during surgery include:
- Use of improperly sterilized equipment
- Anesthesiology error
- Operation on wrong body part or patient
- Negligent amputation
- Leaving behind surgical tools inside patient’s body cavity after a procedure
The job of hospital administrators is to make sure that patients are treated in a facility that is properly maintained and hygienic. Failure to meet standards can result in unnecessary injury to patients and other people using their facilities. Examples of hospital negligence:
- Administration of wrong medication
- Delayed or improper administration of medication
- Unnecessary or unauthorized surgical procedure
- Misdiagnosis of heart attack, stroke or other serious medical condition while under hospital care
- Improper use of a medical device
- Decisions about care made as response to pressure by HMOs to save money
- Discharge from inpatient stay before it’s safe for the patient to return home
Hospital negligence can result from:
- Insufficiently trained hospital employees and staff
- Careless hospital employees and staff
- Lack of communication
- Failure to follow procedures and rules
- Insufficient supervision