While no one is perfect, we do hold professionals, no matter the industry, to a certain standard. This is especially true for those in the medical field, as we put our lives in the hands of their skills, knowledge, and expertise. Medical malpractice describes an injury received due to the negligence of a medical professional while under their care. This may involve a doctor, nurse, psychologist, or a member of many other medical occupations. Here are a few of the most common areas that give rise to medical malpractice cases:
Failure to Diagnose
Medical malpractice doesn’t only occur during treatment of an illness or disease. Imagine being treated for an illness for months or years, only to discover later that you were actually suffering from a different disease—one that may have been more easily treatable had it been properly diagnosed. Such a misdiagnosis is grounds for a malpractice case.
The birth process is stressful for both the mother and the newborn child. This can be a dangerous time for both, as there are a multitude of injuries and risks faced by both mother and child. Injuries received by either family member are a common reason for medical malpractice suits. Newborns can be injured by improper use of forceps, causing damage to the nervous system or the body. When doctors or nurses deviate from the standard practices, leading to injuries or even death, you may have a cause to seek legal recourse.
Prescription medications are potent drugs with powerful effects. One common basis of medical malpractice lawsuits is erroneous medication. Perhaps the wrong medication may be prescribed, or an error may be made by the pharmacist filling the prescription. These and other prescription-related problems can be cause for a malpractice lawsuit.
If you believe you have been the victim of medical malpractice, then consult an experienced medical malpractice attorney for your best chances of recovering compensation. If you would like to discuss your medical malpractice claim with a personal injury attorney in Rockville or Gaithersburg, call the law offices of Sussman & Simcox at (301) 840-0404 today.
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