From doctors to nurses, professionals in the medical field are supposed to protect patients, not hurt them. Unfortunately, trained healthcare providers can mess up. Every year, medical malpractice attorneys handle personal injury lawsuits that result from these mistakes. In fact, medical error was recently touted as the third leading cause of death in the United States. Here are three common reasons for these types of lawsuits.
When to Call an Attorney for Medical Malpractice
1. Surgical Error
This is the most common kind of scenario covered by media outlets looking to shock readers. You have probably read stories where a surgeon amputated the wrong limb or forgot a surgical towel in the patient when they were stitching them up, leading to infection. Anesthesia-related mistakes, such as over- or under-dosing, are also common examples of surgical errors.
2. Incorrect Diagnosis
An incorrect or delayed diagnosis can lead to patients not getting the treatment they need, causing more harm than if the issue was accurately pinpointed. For instance, females tend to experience heart attack symptoms much differently than men. If a woman has a heart attack and the doctor ascribes her discomfort to indigestion or stress, she may end up with irreversible damage to the heart muscle. Failure to catch the attack could even be fatal.
3. Medication Mistake
Administering the wrong medication can lead to serious side effects and death. Say, for instance, a hurried nurse misreads a chart and provides a patient who is allergic to penicillin this drug, causing the patient to go into anaphylactic shock. Physicians can also make errors when prescribing, noting the wrong name or amount of medication—even a misplaced decimal point can mean the difference between life and death.
If you believe you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, the attorneys at The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL, will help. This legal practice has been serving the communities of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida since 2000. They are known for their straightforward and honest approach, whether it’s for a personal injury or a bankruptcy case. Learn more about this law firm online. For an appointment, call (334) 673-0100.