Whether you are being treated for an illness, receiving care for an injury in the emergency room, or a patient in a surgical procedure, you deserve to expect the best possible care. If an error results due to the fault of persons providing this care which causes permanent and life altering damage, you are a victim of medical malpractice.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that every person, legal or illegal, has the right to sue and recover money damages against doctors and hospitals for medical malpractice in every court in this Country. Doctors are not the only medical providers who can be held responsible should something go wrong. Chiropractors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, nursing home staff and hospital technicians must also care for their patients in keeping with the dictates of their professions.
There are many potential errors which could result in medical negligence, here are a few examples:
• Making mistakes when delivering babies
• Obstetrical mismanagement, such as failing to
perform a Caesarean Section in the event of fetal or maternal distress
• Failing to diagnose a problem until it is too late
• Delaying surgery
• Subjecting a patient to unnecessary medical procedures or surgeries
• Errors during routine surgeries
• Failure to perform necessary tests or exams which could have led to
the discovery of a medical problem
• Prescribing the wrong medication
• Errors in reading radiology reports
• Failure to diagnose cancer
• Failing to control diabetes, leading to coma, amputations, blindness
• Neglect of nursing home residents so that patients are vulnerable to falls or bedsores
• Unsanitary conditions, leading to contraction of infections
• Using improper or faulty equipment.