Birth injuries, brain injuries, erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, surgical mistakes, anesthesia mistakes, misdiagnoses, oncology errors, laboratory mess ups, medication errors, and many other types of injuries and mess ups are common and can result from medical malpractice.
The experienced Kingston medical malpractice attorney has seen medical mistakes happen in many different medical settings; hospitals, offices, labs, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and short term care facilities. Furthermore, medical malpractice happens in all types of medical practices; general practice, orthopedics, gynecology, neurology; emergency care; oncology; physical rehabilitation; surgical rooms.
Some mistakes are almost unheard of, while other mistakes are common. Prescription errors are very common and can be made by doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. Prescription errors affect well over a million people every year at a cost of over three billion dollars in terms of treating patients afflicted by these errors.
Medical errors typically happen when the patient is given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. Again, either the doctor prescribed the wrong medicine or dosage, or the pharmacist filled the prescription incorrectly. Other times, the medication is administered incorrectly by hospital staff.
Anesthesia errors are common as well. While anesthesiologists and their assistants are highly trained, patients are known to have been injured and or killed by receiving too much anesthesia. Other times, patients do not receive enough anesthesia, forcing them to consciously endure extreme pain and suffering during a surgery. Such can lead to extreme trauma for the patient.
Let us talk about laboratory mistakes. Reviewing tests, handling patient samples, conducting tests are all important to the proper diagnosis of a patient’s medical problems. When done improperly, the patient will be misdiagnoses or not diagnosed at all. The consequence of which can be death or a shortened life span.
Birth injuries negligently caused by birthing medical professionals can cause brain injury, erb’s palsy, or cerebral palsy. The brain damage and paralysis suffered by people with these conditions can strain their lives forever.
Surgical mistakes are especially disturbing. Wrong limbs have been amputated, wrong patients operated on, surgical instruments left inside the patient, infections caused and left to fester inside patients. All of these things should never happen, yet surgical errors are common.
Stroke victims and neurological patients are common victims of medical malpractice. Victims of strokes can and have been misdiagnosed when a simple and proper review of MRI results could have led to a proper diagnosis.
Lastly, cancer has been known to be undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or delayed in being diagnosed. We all know that cancer left untreated or treated too late will at best shorten a patient’s life span; at worst, the patient will die because of the doctor’s negligence.
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