The relationship between a doctor and a patient is entirely dependent on trust. When we enter a hospital with serious injuries, we place our lives in the hands of complete strangers. While in many cases, this decision makes a positive difference, it can also lead to medical malpractice.
The term medical malpractice is used when a doctor causes injury or death rather than preventing it. The following are 3 examples of malpractice.
The most common type of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis, which occurs when you are diagnosed with the wrong condition. Under intense circumstances, misdiagnoses can be life-threatening. Frequently misdiagnosed impairments include infections, tumors, heart attacks, heart disease, and blood clots. Not all misdiagnoses are eligible for compensation in a courtroom. You must prove your physician acted negligently, ignoring clear signs and failing to properly treat your condition.
Despite the improvement of childbirth safety, medical negligence in the delivery room can have a lasting effect on the beginning of a child’s life – as well as the life of its mother.
Often, childbirth negligence is caused by one of the following problems:
• Premature Birth
• Shoulder Dystocia
• Long Labor
• Excessive Vaginal Bleeding
• Gestational Diabetes
• Placental Abnormalities
Doctors are trained to handle a variety of emergencies during childbirth. When these emergencies are handled incorrectly, the responsible physician should be held accountable.
Giving a prescription for the wrong medication goes hand-in-hand with misdiagnoses. If you’re being treated for the wrong condition, you’re likely taking the wrong medication. This can lead to negative side effects – some minor and some life-threatening. A prescription error also includes the correct prescription in the wrong dosage, which can be fatal.
Surgical or Anesthetic Mistake
When we accept the risk of surgery, we hardly ever account for medical malpractice in the operating room. Instead, we trust our doctors with our future. We place our faith in someone we’ve likely never seen beyond the walls of the hospital.
When surgeons make mistakes, faith in the medical profession is hindered. Common surgical errors include damaging a nerve, failing to control bleeding, leaving a foreign body within the patient, and performing the wrong operation. The most common surgical errors occur during spinal or gastrointestinal procedures.
Your physician may also provide too much, too little, or the wrong type of anesthesia. The amount of anesthesia provided before a surgery is based entirely on your prior medical history. If this history is ignored, you could have a reaction to the anesthesia. You could also wake up during surgery or face post-surgery complications.
Contact an Experienced Florida Injury Attorney for Representation
If you or a loved one has been misdiagnosed, neglected, or ignored by your physician, contact an experienced Florida injury attorney for representation. Call Dennis A. Lopez & Associates at (813) 223-1977. Our team has a track record of success and is prepared to work tirelessly on building your case while you focus on your health and recovery.