What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical professionals are trusted with your most important asset: your health. We expect doctors and health care workers to do their best, but unfortunately there are times when patients are injured because they received treatment that was below the accepted standard of care.
When medical practitioners breech the duty of care they owe to their patients and that breech results in injury, it’s called medical malpractice.
Thousands of incidents of medical malpractice happen every year. It has been estimated that close to 100,000 deaths are caused by preventable medical errors each year. Most malpractice appears to be committed by a small percentage of doctors. The National Practitioner Data Bank shows that just 5% of doctors are responsible for 54% of payments on malpractice cases.
How does Medical Malpractice Occur?
Medical Malpractice can occur in many ways. Malpractice can be the result of a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis. Failing to properly treat a patient or giving improper treatment can also amount to medical malpractice. Surgical errors and other negligent treatment may also be malpractice.
Misdiagnosis can happen a number of different ways. Failing to ask important questions or to recognize the need to refer the patient to a specialist can lead to a misdiagnosis, or a failure to diagnose. When a diagnosis is missed, a disease or condition can get worse. Illness may spread, diminishing the chance for a cure and causing significant harm.
Failing to recognize a condition or problem can also be a cause of malpractice. This is frequently seen in birth injury cases where there is a failure to recognize the need for a cesarean section, a failure to properly read fetal monitor strips, or a failure to appreciate signs of fetal distress. In those cases the failure to recognize a danger to the unborn child can result in serious, lifelong injury.
Surgical errors can occur in many ways, including failing to recognize and repair injury to an organ, leaving behind a surgical tool or item inside of the patient, or incorrectly performing surgery and causing injury.
What injuries can be caused by Medical Malpractice?
Medical negligence frequently results in permanent injury, or even wrongful death. In cases where there has been a failure to diagnose cancer, the patient’s chance at a cure can be seriously diminished and their treatment far more extensive. In failure to diagnose impending stroke cases, the opportunity to give medication to prevent stroke can be lost, leaving the patient with significant neurological problems. In cases involving birth injuries, a doctor’s failure to properly manage the labor and delivery can leave a baby with lifelong injuries such as cerebral palsy or erb’s palsy.
All cases are subject to strict time limitations, so if you believe you or a family member has been injured by medical negligence, an experienced medical malpractice attorney should be sought immediately.
Bonina and Bonina, P.C. has extensive experience in handling medical malpractice claims. Our seasoned attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and have obtained many multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of injured patients. We work with the finest medical experts to insure that every member of our team understands the medicine and can fight these cases with the same sophistication and knowledge that the doctors do.
If you or a loved one believes they were injured as a result of medical negligence and you want the facts of your care investigated you should contact the Med Law team toll free at :1 – 888 – MEDLAW 1 or click here for a free consultation.