When doctors, nurses, surgeons, midwives, hospital staff, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers make a mistake, the consequences can be devastating. These mistakes can cause physical trauma, needless suffering, and even death. A medical malpractice claim arises when a medical provider’s mistake is due to negligence or failure to provide patients with adequate medical care.
Medical malpractice cases can be complicated. That’s why it’s imperative to find an attorney with a proven track record of successfully representing clients in medical malpractice cases if you or a loved one are victims of medical malpractice. At the Law Office of Nancy Miller and Mark Miller, we look at all the facts, evaluate the actions and omissions of those healthcare providers who owe a duty to our clients and identify potentially responsible parties. We then hold the medical providers accountable for their actions and help our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Unfortunately, medical malpractice isn’t uncommon at all. It’s one of the top five leading causes of death in the U.S. today, accounting for more than 250,000 preventable deaths each year. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider such as a doctor, midwife, nurse, pharmacist, respiratory technician, or anesthesiologist causes injury to a patient due to a negligent act or omission. The negligence can involve diagnostic errors, treatment errors, aftercare errors, and more. Some examples of medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose. A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose causes a patient not to get the treatment they need, which can cause further injury and lead to unnecessary treatment that has harmful side effects. It is the number one type of medical malpractice that occurs in outpatient settings.
- Delayed diagnosis. A doctor’s delay in diagnosing a medical condition could lead to needless suffering, unnecessary complications, and even death.
- Birth injuries. Birth injuries are injuries to the mother or the infant caused by a medical provider’s breach of a duty of care before, during, or after childbirth.
- Medication errors. Each year, 7,000-9,000 people die in the U.S. due to medication errors. This type of error includes prescribing the wrong medication, prescribing the wrong dosage, improper administration of a drug, and missing drug interactions with other medications.
- Anesthesia errors. Even the smallest anesthesia errors can be deadly. Some examples of these errors are failing to get a complete patient history that would have shown possible complications, not paying attention to vital signs, using too much anesthesia, using defective equipment, and failing endotracheal intubation.
- Surgical errors. Surgical errors are among the most egregious of all medical errors. This type of error would include puncturing an organ, ligating the wrong blood vessel, operating on the wrong part of the body, or leaving foreign objects (i.e., sponges or instruments) inside the patient.
Are You a Victim of Medical Malpractice? Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one suffered an injury or even death due to medical negligence, contact us immediately to schedule a free consultation. The Law Office of Nancy Miller and Mark Miller have a proven track record of successfully representing victims of medical malpractice for over 40 years. If you believe you may have a claim, contact us to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.