Any time you visit a medical professional, you are placing your wellbeing in that person’s hands. We expect these individuals to administer the health care that we need in the best way possible. For the most part, our doctors and nurses earn the trust we give them by delivering top-notch health care. However, occasionally a medical professional will fail to serve his or her patient and occasionally these failures will even rise to the level of medical malpractice. Legally speaking, medical malpractice occurs when a medical care provider fails to give adequate care to a patient and that patient endures an injury as a result.
While medical malpractice can happen at any time when a medical professional is administering care, there are a few situations in which it is most common. In these scenarios, patients may be injured or even killed. They or their families may seek damages to compensate them for the injuries sustained due to the inadequate care.
One of the most common scenarios of medical malpractice relates to misdiagnoses and/or delayed diagnoses. What this means is that a doctor either fails to realize that a patient is suffering from a certain illness or injury or believes that illness or injury is something else. Though these mistakes can occasionally be harmless, when a patient is suffering from something like cancer, a misdiagnosis may prove fatal.
Another common form of medial malpractice relates to childbirth. While millions of babies are born every day, it still happens that a number of mothers and infants are injured or even die during childbirth. Sometimes this is due to a medical professional’s failure to properly monitor the progress or to recognize when a problem has arisen.
As more Americans are using medications for a number of physical and mental ailments, the number of problems related to prescriptions has gone up. Every year in the U.S., medication errors injure around 1.5 million Americans. These errors may include things such as a doctor prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. A person may be seriously or fatally injured as a result of these mistakes.
If you believe you’ve been injured due to medical malpractice, it’s important to work with a skilled southern California personal injury attorney at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.