Medical malpractice is a leading cause of death in the United States.
Making this statistic even more distressing is the fact that injuries and deaths caused by medical malpractice are usually preventable. The following are common causes of medical malpractice lawsuits:
During surgery or any medical procedure that would otherwise cause unbearable pain, anesthesia is intended to help the patient go into a deep sleep and avoid all pain. Anesthesiologists are pain management specialists who meet the needs of patients during painful medical procedures and administer a variety of pain relief solutions, including epidural treatments, injections, and gas mask treatments.
When something goes wrong, a skilled anesthesiologist knows how to respond and how to protect the patient’s well being. As such, the consequences of an anesthesia mistake can be severe.
Learning that your newborn child was injured during the labor and delivery process is devastating. If the damage was caused by the negligence of a medical professional, you very well may have a medical malpractice case on your hands. At Vanover, Hall & Bartley, we hold careless medical providers accountable for the damage and distress they cause.
Common birth injuries may include cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, fractures, facial paralysis, and forceps injuries. To prove medical malpractice, an attorney must be able to show that the doctor or medical staff failed to adhere to the established standard of care and that such negligence led to the injury.
Emergency Room Errors
Upon visiting the emergency room, you trust that your medical urgent needs will be addressed in a knowledgeable and professional manner. When that trust is broken and the ER staff commits critical errors, the hospital and/or staff may be held accountable for negligence. These cases may involve discharging a patient prematurely, failure to admit a patient in critical need of medical assistance, failure to provide appropriate treatment, and more.
In some instances, physicians and surgeons may be unfamiliar with the particular procedures and staff at the hospital in which they are employed. This is sometimes complicated further by hospital administration errors.