202-955-4LAW (4529) DC
301-333-4LAW (4529) MD
703-548-4LAW (4529) VA
Free Consultation
To see our main site, please visit CohenAndCohen.net.

Medical Malpractice: Did Your Health Professional Make an Error?

 Experienced Attorney

An attorney can tell you about how medical malpractice is a broad legal term that refers to errors that are made by a health professional. This area of law isn’t just limited to doctor specifically, as mistakes can be made by pharmaceutical workers, nurses, and other types of medical support staff. Dentists, obstetricians, and surgeons too are all required to maintain a certain degree of quality medical care in relation to patient’s well being.

If a medical professional strays from what is expected as the standard within the medical community, they may face a medical malpractice lawsuit if their error had caused harm to a patient. 

An Important Note

It is worth noting that not every mistake, complication, or adverse reaction is deemed medical malpractice. There is always some degree of risk when it comes to a procedure, treatment, or medication. But we still advise patients who worry that medical malpractice has happened to them, to call us right away for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Do Not Notify The Hospital First

Many patients may be so upset about a doctor’s mistake or negligence that they feel strongly about filing a complaint to the hospital. Unfortunately, this could result in the outcome you hadn’t anticipated. Hospitals often have a legal team of their own and sneaky ways to eliminate evidence, as a way to hopefully hide the doctor’s mistake. If they know you may consider taking legal action, they could make you jump through hoops to get copies of documents in your file that you have the right to obtain. It may be in your best interest to talk with an attorney first about strategic legal help. 

Common Medical Malpractice Claims

An attorney has likely helped many victims of medical malpractice just like you, who now have to suffer because a doctor didn’t maintain a high standard of care. Here are a few examples of some of the most common medical malpractice claims that we have represented in the past: 

  • Birth Injury: usually results due to improper use of forceps, oxygen deprivation, prolonged labor, delayed c-section, and breech delivery. The baby who suffered a birth injury may have physical wounds such as bruises and wounds, or internal injuries such as brain damage or broken bones
  • Surgical Errors: a doctor may accidentally puncture an organ, perform surgery on the wrong body part, or misuse medication while the patient is under anesthesia. Surgical mistakes can also happen if the doctor misreads the patient’s medical record and inaccurately clears them for surgery.
  • Failure to Diagnose (or Misdiagnosis): when the doctor fails to diagnose the patient with an illness, or diagnoses them with the incorrect condition which leads to a worsening of health.
  • Medical Errors: the doctor may have written a prescription that wasn’t suitable for the patient, or the pharmacy may have filled the prescription with the wrong medication type/dosage. 

You do not have to accept that your doctor made a mistake. Please call a law firm to speak with a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer about what to do next. 

 

 

Thanks to Wieand Law Firm, LLC for their insight into medical malpractice and what to do next.



Copyright @ 2020. All Rights Reserved.