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Medical Malpractice
When we are treated for injuries or illness by medical professionals, we literally place our lives in their hands. A simple mistake during a routine medical procedure can result in a life-threatening injury or even death. Medical malpractice occurs often and is responsible for up to 440,000 deaths per year. Unfortunately, only 15,000 cases result in compensation for such malpractice each year. Don't pay for your doctor's mistakes. Let us help you obtain a fair recovery.
Medical malpractice occurs when treatment by a health care provider falls below the accepted standard of care in the medical community, resulting in a patient's injury or death. If a medical professional fails to act where others with similar training and experience would have, he or she may be liable for any injuries and losses arising from that neglect.
 
Medical malpractice can occur in numerous ways, from mistakes during surgery to a failure to timely diagnose an illness. The following are some of the frequently-occurring types of medical malpractice.
 
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
Commonly misdiagnosed conditions include breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian
cancer, brain tumors, prostate cancer, infections, appendicitis, ectopic pregnancies, vascular diseases, and cardiac problems that may lead to a heart attack.
 
Misdiagnoses often occur when doctors fail to adequately listen to their patients, review their patients' medical history, make accurate diagnoses based on the symptoms, order correct tests, and properly interpret charts, x-rays, or test results.
 
If patients are misdiagnosed or not properly diagnosed in a timely manner, their illnesses often progress without adequate medical care. This causes their injuries to worsen and, in the most severe cases, can result in death. In the case of misdiagnosing patients with illnesses from which they are not suffering, patients can be harmed by having to undergo painful and potentially damaging procedures and treatments. Doctors may be liabe for misdiagnosis in either of these cases. 
 
Surgical Errors and Mismanagement
Surgery malpractice claims can arise as a result of a simple technical error by a surgeon. If a general surgeon, neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, or other type of surgeon improperly performs a technique and injures the spine, brain, adjacent organs, or any other body part, the surgeon may be liable for the patient's injuries.
 
Many other claims arise from the hospital and staff failing to follow appropriate protocols throughout the process of providing surgical treatment. Hospitals and their staff as a whole must adequately prepare for surgery, monitor patients for complications during surgery, properly respond to changes in vital signs during surgery, and ensure that patients recover safely following the proedure. Serious injuries often arise after an operation in cases where the staff fails to notice or monitor conditons such as internal bleeding or infection, or where physicians neglect to take the appropriate measures after major surgeries, including prescribing necessary medications.    
 
Medical Device Errors
Medical devices are routinely used to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases. However, they sometimes fail or are misused, leading to serious injury or even death. In cases where there is a manufacturing defect, design defect, or inadequate warning for the use of a medical device, its manufacturer could be liable for injuries caused by the defect.  
 
Medical professionals may also be responsible for misuse of medical devices. If a patient is injured due to a medical professional's negligent or reckless use of a medical device, or lack of adequate training or knowledge to use the device, the medical professional may be liable.
 
Medication Errors
Doctors and nurses sometimes give patients the wrong medication. Patients may also be given a medication to which they are allergic despite advising their doctors and nurses about the allergy. Patients can likewise mistakenly be prescribed too much of a medication, such as anesthesia or insulin. In other cases, doctors and nurses may fail to adequately monitor a patient's blood test results to ensure that appropriate adjustments are made to medication dosages based on the results. In the event that a patient suffers an injury due to one of these or other forms of medication errors, he or she may have a viable medical malpractice claim.
 
Birth Injuries
Obstetricians, nurses, midwives, hospitals, and hospital staff sometimes fail to appropriately react when complications arise during birth. Medical professionals must be prepared to properly order an emergency c-section in cases of fetal distress, manage shoulder dystocia when a baby gets stuck, avoid conditions such as cerebral palsy where possible, and treat fetal heart rate problems. When a medical professional neglects to properly diagnose and treat a birth-related condition and causes injury, he or she may be found liable.