Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice is defined as a negligent act or omission by a medical professional that causes harm to a patient. A medical malpractice lawyer represents individuals who believe they have been victims of medical negligence and seek compensation for their injuries or damages.

When you see a doctor or other medical professional for an injury or illness, you expect a certain standard of care. Doctors, nurses, dentists, mental health providers, therapists, and other medical professionals who make errors or fail to provide care that meets an acceptable standard may be guilty of medical malpractice

In addition to the medical professional, the hospital may be named in the suit if the medical malpractice was a result of institutional conditions, lack of training, or poor hiring processes. State and federal agencies that operate hospitals may also be liable.

Causes of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can result in a worsening of the condition being treated, additional injury or illness, and even death. Common causes of medical malpractice include the following:

• Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis:

Failure to diagnose or a delay in diagnosing a serious medical condition, such as cancer, heart disease, or infection, can lead to the progression of the disease and worsened outcomes.

Surgical Errors:

Surgical malpractice can involve a variety of mistakes, including wrong-site surgery, anesthesia errors, leaving surgical instruments inside the patient, and nerve or organ damage during surgery.

Medication Errors:

Administering the wrong medication, incorrect dosage, or improper medication management can cause severe harm to patients, including adverse drug reactions, organ damage, or even death.

Birth Injuries:

Birth injuries can occur during labor and delivery due to medical negligence, leading to conditions such as cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, or nerve damage to the baby.

Hospital-Acquired Infections:

Inadequate sanitation and hygiene practices in healthcare facilities can result in patients acquiring infections, such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or hospital-acquired pneumonia.

Anesthesia Errors:

Administering too much or too little anesthesia, failing to monitor the patient’s vital signs during anesthesia, or allergic reactions to anesthesia can lead to complications or death.

Prescription and Medication Errors:

Healthcare providers may make mistakes in prescribing medications, leading to adverse reactions, drug interactions, or allergic responses.

Failure to Obtain Informed Consent:

Performing a medical procedure without obtaining the patient’s informed consent can lead to legal claims, especially if the patient was not properly informed about the risks and alternatives.

Negligent Postoperative Care:

Inadequate postoperative monitoring and care can lead to complications such as infections, blood clots, or organ failure.

Emergency Room Errors:

 

Misdiagnosis, delays in treatment, and improper triage in emergency rooms can result in severe harm to patients, especially in critical situations.

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse:

 

Elderly residents in nursing homes can suffer from neglect, abuse, malnutrition, dehydration, bedsores, and other injuries due to substandard care.

Radiology and Imaging Errors:

 

Misinterpretation of X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, and other imaging studies can lead to missed diagnoses or incorrect treatment plans.

If you are injured or become ill as a result of medical negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation. Doctors, other medical professionals, and hospital facilities carry insurance for this very reason. However, the companies that insure against medical professionals and hospitals work extremely hard to defend the cases against the medical professionals and hospitals they insure. To this end, it’s very important that those pursuing a medical malpractice suit get the legal advice of an attorney who has significant experience in this area.

Medical malpractice can result in a wide range of injuries and adverse outcomes. These injuries occur when a healthcare provider, such as a doctor, nurse, or hospital, fails to meet the standard of care expected in the medical profession, causing harm to a patient. 

If you suspect that you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our experienced team of attorneys can give you the legal guidance you need, and can help you get the compensation you deserve.