In 2016, a study found that medical errors cause more than 250,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Individuals who experience personal injury or lose loved ones due to medical negligence have a right to compensation. Here, the attorneys at The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL, share a few common errors doctors make.
4 Types of Medical Malpractice That Attorneys Address
1. Missed Diagnosis
When physicians fail to recognize signs and symptoms of diseases, and their patients get sicker before being diagnosed properly, the doctors can be liable for malpractice. If a radiologist misreads a patient’s X-ray or CT scan, and the misreading delays necessary treatment, the medical professional is subject to a negligence claim for damages.
2. Delayed Diagnosis
Some birth defects can be detected and corrected before a baby is born. Failure to diagnose such defects in fetuses, including spina bifida and congenital hernias, can lead to malpractice claims on behalf of parents and their babies.
3. Anesthesia Errors
Experienced medical malpractice attorneys know administering anesthesia properly is a crucial element in medical care negligence cases. Giving too much anesthetic can cause disability or death, and not giving enough may cause a patient to experience pain during surgery. Anesthesiologists who fail to check for allergies before administering drugs that cause bad reactions in patients are also subject to liability.
4. Surgical Errors
Surgical procedures create numerous opportunities for physician errors. Operating on the wrong body part or patient or damaging an organ, muscle, or tissue while performing surgery leads to malpractice claims with high damages.
At The Gil Law Firm, skilled attorneys advise and represent injured individuals in medical malpractice cases throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. With almost two decades of experience behind them, these personal injury attorneys serve families with compassion and professionalism. For more information about this law firm, visit them online. Call (334) 673-0100 to schedule a free consultation appointment.