Floridians, whenever sick, visit doctors and hospitals in order to obtain a medical diagnosis in hopes of a swift recovery. The majority of patients have as smooth of an experience that our healthcare system will allow. However, some patients do not have as much luck. Instead, they suffer from serious medical complications, some even death, caused by none other than the medical professionals in which they confide.
Medical malpractice deaths are on the rise in the United States. According to a recent report in the British Medical Journal, medical malpractice is now the third leading cause of death in the United States with over 251,000 lives claimed every year.1 In addition to deaths, medical malpractice injuries reach a staggering average of over 1 million cases per year.
If an individual is injured as a result of a doctor’s or medical professional’s negligence, he or she is entitled to recover damages. Some examples of medical malpractice that could lead to a medical malpractice claim include the following.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
One of the most common examples of medical malpractice occurs with a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. A doctor is expected to be able to make an adequate and timely diagnosis of the condition from which a patient is suffering. This is a basic standard to which society holds doctors.
However, doctors and trained medical professionals may, despite their training and experience, reach a misdiagnosis. Whenever this occurs, a patient is at risk of suffering serious medical complications as a result. Patients may receive inadequate treatment–or perhaps none at all–as a result of a misdiagnosis. As a result, the patient’s condition can significantly worsen.
In addition to misdiagnosis, a doctor or trained medical professional may delay in making a timely diagnosis of the patient’s condition. A delayed diagnosis is significantly dangerous as it potentially prevents the patient from receiving treatments that could potentially prevent the worsening of the patient’s condition.
When an injured patient brings forth a claim of misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, he or she must show that the doctor’s actions did not amount to the same level of care of a reasonably skilled and competent doctor. If a doctor has failed to meet that standard of care, it may be determined that he or she acted negligently and injured the patient as a result of malpractice.
Objects Left Behind After Surgery
A medical horror story often includes a doctor who discovers a medical instrument or some other object has been left inside the body of a patient post-surgery. Sadly, this occurs on a more frequent basis than most are aware. Leaving an object behind following a surgery can lead a patient to experience significant complications in addition to serious discomfort.
Injuries Associated with Childbirth
Sadly, many medical complications occur in connection with childbirth. Mothers and couples having a child trust that the doctor will ensure that preventable complications do not occur and the health of the mother and child remain of utmost concern. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and complications do arise due to negligence during childbirth. Some common examples of negligence during childbirth include:
- Failing to anticipate complications or order a cesarean section due to the large size of the child;
- Failing to address fetal distress;
- Failing to address abnormal bleeding.
Not all childbirth injuries occur at the time of birth. A doctor’s negligence can also cause complications and injuries during the prenatal stages of pregnancy. These complications can injury the mother, the child, or even both. Some examples of prenatal negligence include:
- Failing to diagnose a medical condition of the mother that could result in significant complications during the pregnancy;
- Failing to reasonably identify birth defects in the child;
- Failing to identify an unwanted pregnancy.
The Impact of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice seriously impacts its victims. Not only does medical malpractice lead to death or serious injury, it also leaves a serious financial and emotional scar on the patient and his or her family. These complications go beyond that of medical costs which are directly tied to the care necessary to address preventable medical errors. Some families face mountains of debt as a result of their injuries. In instances of death or serious injury, patients and families can face drastic changes in circumstances, in everyday lives, and in family structure. Losses experienced are often immeasurable and many do not emotionally recover.
Contact the Dolman Law Group to Discuss Your Medical Malpractice Case Today
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, you deserve to recover for the damages caused as a result of the doctor’s negligence. Medical malpractice leaves physical and emotional wounds that should never have occurred. You deserve a right to be compensated as a result, whether for the medical expenses, emotional distress, or both. At the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, we will thoroughly investigate your case to identify any possible negligence so that you may recover for your losses. Call us today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.