Medical malpractice cases are difficult and complicated. When patients suspect or realize they have been injured by a medical professional they had trusted to care for them, they feel angry and betrayed. Every Medical Malpractice Attorney has handled cases for people they will never forget.
The first point to make is that medical malpractice occurs under specific circumstances. Doctors will not be right 100% of the time, and patients will not always have the outcome that they hoped for. A doctor (or other healthcare professional) is not expected to be exceptional but is expected to deliver the same quality of care as other reasonably competent doctors. If a medical malpractice case doesn’t settle but goes to court, expect both sides to have medical experts testifying on the doctor’s competency. Ultimately, the jury would decide.
That being said, there are certain types of medical errors that are seen over and over again.
Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis
A sizable percentage of medical malpractice complaints arise because a serious condition was either not diagnosed correctly or was diagnosed very late. In either case, the patient missed valuable and irreplaceable time to treat the ailment they actually had. This can have fatal consequences.
To prove a late or missed diagnosis, it is necessary to show that other competent doctors in the same specialty would have made a correct and timely diagnosis. If that can be shown, then the doctor who missed the diagnosis could be liable for medical malpractice.
Both mother and child can suffer severe and even fatal injuries as a result of missed or incorrect treatment before, during or after childbirth. Fetal injuries that could be a result of medical malpractice include cerebral palsy and seizure disorders, nerve damage, fractured bones, and many other issues. Failure to diagnose a problem the mother is having, such as Rh incompatibility, can also have serious consequences. If signs of fetal distress are ignored, the consequences can be catastrophic.
Anyone who believes they or a loved one suffered from medical malpractice should discuss their situation with a Medical Malpractice Attorney. The attorneys at Edwards & Bullard Law have dedicated their practice to seeking fair compensation for those injured because of another’s negligence. To arrange a free consultation to discuss your legal options, visit the website or call 478-621-4313. You can also watch video on YouTube channel for more information.