Medical malpractice is briefly defined as occurring when an injury or death results from a medical professional’s failure to exercise the level of care, skill, or diligence exercised by other doctors, nurses, or medical technicians with the same or similar training in the same geographic area. It’s estimated that perhaps as many as 200,000 people die each year due to avoidable medical errors. Hundreds of thousands more patients suffer permanent, disabling injuries at the hands of medical professionals. Many, if not most, of these medical errors would not happen if the proper standard of care was provided. However, it is important to note there are risks with every surgery. A poor outcome does not necessarily constitute medical malpractice. Consult with an experienced attorney to determine if you may have a medical malpractice case.
Incidents of malpractice arise from a variety of negligent, reckless, and intentional conduct. The most common forms of medical malpractice include misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, birth injuries, surgical errors, and medication errors.
Failure to Diagnose, Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can be devastating. A delayed diagnosis or a wrong diagnosis can result in prolonged suffering, pain, or worse — death.
A failure to diagnosis an illness or a misdiagnosis may result in the following:
- Medication incorrectly prescribed
- Treatment administered causing further harm
- Failure to deliver appropriate treatment
- Further illness progression
- Unnecessary surgery
- Unexpected death
This can cause the patient unnecessary suffering by precluding the opportunity of receiving early treatment that may have saved or prolonged their life. We handle misdiagnosis cases involving cancer, Guillan Barre, spinal epidural abscess, and more.
Babies are the most precious and vulnerable people in our society. Childbirth is very hard on both a mother’s and baby’s body. Injuries during childbirth change both the baby’s life and the family’s lives forever. Birth injuries often are a result of the following:
- Failure to detect and/or treat fetal distress
- Failure to diagnose, treat, or manage the mother’s medical condition(s)
- Improper use of forceps, vacuum, or other tools
Birth injuries include, but are not limited to the following:
- Brain damage to the baby
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Spinal cord damage
- Birth defects such as facial paralysis
- Brachial plexus
Birth injury cases are very complex. It is important to consult with an attorney who is familiar with representing families affected by a birth injury. To consult with an experienced lawyer at The Ruth Law Team, dial 888-783-8378.
Lack of Informed Consent
Before asking a patient to sign a consent form, medical professionals are required to properly inform patients about the consequences of a medical procedure. Lack of informed consent may expose patients to dangers they would have avoided had they been properly informed of the risks associated with the procedure.
Medical malpractice can also cause injury during surgery, causing irreparable harm to the patient or child. There are many types of surgical errors, including the following:
- Cutting a nerve
- Operating on the wrong area of the body
- Leaving an instrument in the body
- Performing an unnecessary operation
- Improper application of anesthesia
- Transplanting the wrong organs
Medication and Prescription Errors
The improper administration of anesthesia or prescription medication may cause serious health problems or death in patients. This can happen in a surgical setting in a doctor’s office or in a pharmacy. For example, pharmacists are responsible for ensuring prescriptions are filled properly the first time, every single time. When they fail to pay attention, the result can be tragic. If your prescription medication was either 1) not filled or 2) filled incorrectly, consider contacting a lawyer who can help. Usually prescription errors happen when the wrong medication is filled or the wrong dosage is provided. If this happens to you, it is important to try to determine where and when the error occurred. Keep detailed notes about what happened. Did the doctor incorrectly write the prescription, or did the pharmacy fill the prescription incorrectly?
Do I have a medical malpractice case?
The Ruth Law Team has extensive experience representing victims of medical malpractice. Our lawyers know that proving medical malpractice requires a thorough investigation and an in-depth examination of all aspects of the case. In addition, demonstrating that a medical professional breached community standards of medical practice typically requires expert witnesses experienced in the same practice area as the health care provider. Such testimony is essential and also very expensive. Many firms do not handle such cases due to both the labor-intensive nature and the high financial cost of handling medical malpractice claims. We have had many cases from other attorneys referred to us for representation, we’ve successfully represented a large number of clients over the past 35 years.
We have significant trial experience including successfully arguing cases before the Supreme Court of Florida, and we have the financial resources to cover all of the costs involved in working up and presenting a case. And remember–there are absolutely NO fees or costs unless we win financial compensation for you.
Call the Ruth Law Team at 888-783-8378 today for a free consultation with an attorney regarding your medical malpractice case.