When a medical professional’s negligent actions or inactions cause injury or death, they may be held liable for their failure to provide appropriate care.
Medical malpractice encompasses a broad range of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Wrongful Death Hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals must provide a reasonable level of care to their patients. When errors or careless acts occur and lead to wrongful death, the responsible parties may be held liable for their negligent actions.
- Anesthesiology: When an anesthesiologist administers an improper amount or type of medication, fails to properly monitor a sedated patient, or makes other errors that lead to medical complications, the results can be serious or even fatal. Medical negligence on the part of the anesthesiologist significantly increases the risks associated with even the most routine procedures.
- Birth Injury: If a physician or other medical professional fails to act in an appropriate and timely manner before, during, or immediately after the birth of a child, preventable injuries may occur. Brain damage, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia, and other types of birth injury can have lifelong consequences and require years of costly medical treatment.
- Cancer Misdiagnosis: Early detection and proper diagnosis are essential for the successful treatment of cancer. Unfortunately, cancer misdiagnosis is an extremely common and devastating type of medical malpractice. A medical professional’s failure to order the appropriate tests, correctly interpret test results, avoid laboratory errors or other negligent actions or inactions can significantly decrease the patient’s chance for recovery.
- Failure to Diagnose: Most medical conditions can become worse if they are left untreated. Patients depend on competent medical professionals for timely and accurate diagnoses. When medical negligence prevents this level of care and delays proper treatment, patients could face potentially deadly complications, as well as increased medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- Emergency Room Negligence: Medical negligence in the emergency room can result in improper or delayed treatment with tragic consequences. Emergency room patients often face serious injuries that require decisive, accurate action to prevent dangerous complications or even death.
- Hospital Negligence: Hospitals have a responsibility to provide reasonable care to their patients. Unsanitary facilities, improperly maintained equipment, undertrained employees, and other hazardous conditions can cause injury or worsen a patient’s existing condition. Hospital negligence can result in extended hospital stays, increased medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, or even wrongful death.
- Medication Errors: Medication errors can cause a range of adverse reactions, coma, or death. Physician or pharmacist errors can result in a patient receiving an incorrect dosage or the wrong medication altogether. Additionally, a physician must be aware of other medications that a patient is currently taking to avoid potentially dangerous interactions.
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: Nursing home abuse is a serious concern, but it can be difficult to detect. Physical and psychological abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect can contribute to signs of abuse, and these factors can increase the risk of death over time.
- Negligent Amputation: When a surgeon amputates the wrong limb or performs an unnecessary amputation, the patient has to endure immeasurable emotional distress and pain and suffering, as well as an extended hospital stay and increased medical bills.
- Physician Negligence: Physicians are responsible for providing a reasonable level of care to their patients. When a physician makes surgical errors, prescribes the wrong medication, fails to diagnose a medical condition, fails to act in a timely manner during a birth emergency, or otherwise acts negligently or carelessly, serious injuries can occur. Often, victims of physician negligence face extreme financial, physical, and emotional obstacles.
Medical malpractice claims require aggressive, experienced attorneys with the knowledge and resources to properly investigate and prepare your case. While we understand that medical negligence is irreversible, our attorneys are dedicated to helping you seek the answers you need and recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you believe you or a loved one has been injured as a result of medical negligence, do not hesitate to contact our New Jersey and Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys today.