If your doctors make a mistake that injures you, they can be held liable for medical malpractice. To establish a claim, you must show you had a doctor-patient relationship, your doctor acted negligently or failed to act within the standard of care required in the situation, and their negligence caused your injury. Finally, you must show a dollar amount of damages from the injury. The situations below are among those in which doctors and other medical professionals can be found financially responsible for damages.
3 Types of Medical Malpractice
1. Medication Errors
Your doctor could prescribe the wrong medication for your illness. Taking the prescribed medication may make you sicker or your illness progress because it is not being treated. Or, a nurse or pharmacist might give you the right medication, but in the wrong dosage, leading to illness from overdosing or inadequate treatment of the original disease.
2. Failure to Diagnose Illness
Say you tell your doctor you got sick after a camping trip in the woods. Your physician fails to recognize your flu-like signs and symptoms might be due to Lyme disease and does not do a blood test, but tells you it’s the flu. Your symptoms get worse and the infection spreads, causing chronic joint inflammation. The resulting injury from the misdiagnosis and failure to test can be a basis for a medical malpractice claim.
3. Anesthesia Errors
During surgery after a car accident, an anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia. Sometimes, they may give too much. Brain damage could occur, leaving the patient partially paralyzed. The anesthesiologist and hospital may be liable for damages due to medical malpractice.
Doctors and other medical professionals strive to heal their patients—but they’re human, so they may make errors. If you think you have a medical malpractice claim, seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney at The Law Office of Gregory S. Young in Ohio. Based in Cincinnati and established in 1958, they offer 13 locations throughout Ohio and Kentucky for your convenience. Their dedicated legal team is available 24/7 to discuss your situation and help you obtain full compensation. Visit their website to find the office nearest you; or, call (513) 721-1077 to schedule an initial consultation at their main office.