If you’ve suffered injuries because of a medical professional’s mistake, you may be dealing with more health complications and are unsure of what to do next. Golden Law Office represents those who have been hurt, whether it was because of a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other healthcare provider. We’re here to fight for you to recover fair compensation for your injuries.
When you’re recovering from medical injuries, filing a medical claim may be the furthest thing from your mind. However, a Georgetown medical malpractice lawyer can help you secure your financial future so you can recover physically, emotionally, and financially.
After medical negligence occurs, the injuries can put your life on hold. Let our firm assist you in getting it back on track. When we start investigating your case, we’ll look into what happened and why. Our lawyers are aware of the various kinds of medical malpractice and understand the damage it can do to someone’s life and wellbeing.
What Critical Medical Errors Can Occur?
While there are many branches within the healthcare field, innocent people are put at risk any time a medical professional exhibits negligence. This could occur in an operating room or at the pharmacy. According to a Johns Hopkins study, medical negligence causes 250,000 deaths per year, which is more than the CDC’s reported third leading cause of death—respiratory disease which causes 150,000 deaths per year.
Our lawyers have helped many clients with their medical malpractice claims and are familiar with the most common types of medical errors. It’s possible you’ve suffered from one of the following:
- Emergency Room Errors. Emergency rooms usually treat people on a first-come first-served basis. If someone comes to an emergency room with symptoms or signs of something that needs immediate treatment, they need to be seen and attended to, regardless of when they arrived. Emergency rooms that don’t realize someone’s symptoms are dangerous and need immediate treatment could put someone’s life in danger.
- Misdiagnosis. A doctor could diagnose you with the wrong problem and start treatment according to what they think is ailing you. Unfortunately, this can leave the original problem untreated and allow it to worsen.
- Failure to Diagnose. When someone is presenting symptoms, the healthcare provider is supposed to use that information and test to rule out issues until they arrive at a diagnosis. If they don’t recognize possibly life-threatening symptoms like those of cardiac arrest or stroke, the patient’s life could be put in danger. If they’re sent home, the patient isn’t going to get prompt treatment even though they sought medical aid.
- Surgical Errors. Undergoing a surgical procedure may make some people nervous, but they trust their surgeon to do the procedure safely and accurately. However, there are many kinds of errors that can occur in the OR. Negligent surgeons could make mistakes such as performing the wrong surgery or doing the procedure on the wrong area. Leftover medical tools and sponges can be left inside the patient. It’s likely the patient will need some sort of anesthesia. An error in the dosage they’re given could lead to health complications like coma or waking up during surgery.
- Lack of Informed Consent. Patients are supposed to have information about the ways a surgical procedure could help them as well as the possible side effects that could occur. When they have this information, they can decide if they want to undergo surgery and can give their consent to the procedure. If their healthcare provider doesn’t provide this information, a patient could undergo surgery and suffer complications they should have known about.
- Birth Injuries. If a delivery team doesn’t monitor the vitals of the mother and the baby, recognize signs that a C-section may be necessary, or aren’t careful with surgical tools, they could cause harm to the mother and the baby. Some birth injuries can be treated, but others may affect the baby for the rest of its life.
Medical malpractice is preventable and shouldn’t have happened in the first place. So how can doctors, pharmacists, and surgeons make these kinds of mistakes? Let’s take a look at the circumstances that make medical negligence more likely to occur.
Why Does Medical Malpractice Happen?
Those who work in the healthcare field often have multiple responsibilities and need to remain alert while they’re on the clock. In some hospitals, the doctors and nurses who work there may be working longer shifts because of understaffing. Sometimes, it’s difficult for hospitals to keep enough healthcare providers on staff, and in some cases the hospital may not hire enough staff to save money. This typically means the people working there are overworked and underpaid—which is an environment where mistakes are more likely to occur.
Miscommunication when it comes to care can be deadly. For example, if a patient’s chart isn’t updated or accurate, they may not get the care they need. Or, they could get treatment with medication they’re allergic to. Suffering an allergic reaction to a medication can range from mild to deadly. Nurses may also administer the incorrect dosage of medication, which could result in the patient experiencing pain or could suffer an overdose.
Hospitals also need safety protocols and procedures to protect their patients. Infectious diseases can spread easily in a hospital and patients there may have compromised immune systems. Hospitals that do not keep a clean environment can create easy breeding grounds for germs or if those that work there don’t regularly wash their hands or use hand sanitizer can transfer germs to the multiple patients they see a day.
No matter the reason why your injuries or illness happened, there should have been measures in place to prevent it. Our medical malpractice lawyer in Georgetown is here to help you with your recovery.
Get Trusted Representation Today
After a medical injury, you may be missing work and have medical expenses piling up. You deserve to get treatment and care to help you heal—and you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’re going to afford it. Our Georgetown lawyers will figure out the costs of your economic and noneconomic damages and demand full and fair compensation for you.
Because medical malpractice claims are complex, getting representation as soon as possible is in your best interests. For a free case evaluation, give our office a call today. Golden Law Office will assist you in finding the best way for you to move forward.