Although some forms of medical malpractice are highly publicized, patients are at risk of many different kinds of medical errors that may not be quite as well known. In some cases, mistakes take the form of simple failures to follow proper procedures, but medical staff may also simply be unwilling or improperly trained to do things the right way. With complicated ailments, such as rare diseases or head trauma, a diagnosing doctor or nurse might even lack the skill to assess the situation correctly and thus inadvertently deny the patient an essential treatment.
Medical malpractice incidents also vary in terms of who might be at fault. In facilities like emergency rooms, for instance, a misdiagnosis could result in a patient being sent to surgery where a team commits surgical errors. While the surgeons themselves may deny responsibility because they were given bad information, court systems might still find them culpable based on other factors, like whether they took steps to prevent such mishaps or what they did after discovering they had erred.
Surgical errors and other forms of malpractice can result in new complications or death. In some cases, patients even perish because their caregivers simply failed to identify their need for urgent assistance.
Our legal staff have studied numerous cases involving the broad scope of malpractice and the many ways it can result in negative patient outcomes. We work hard to stay up to date with the kinds of medical advances and developing industry practices that caregivers employ, so we can evaluate whether your practitioner, clinic, surgeon, nurse or specialist performed due diligence in providing you with adequate treatment. If you'd like more information on ways to recover compensation after being a victim of a health care mistake, please read our page on hospital negligence.