We place a great deal of trust in our healthcare professionals. However, when that trust is broken through negligence or incompetence that worsens a medical condition or creates an additional injury, the physical and emotional consequences can be devastating.
Forms of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice comes in many forms. It can be failure to diagnose, including misdiagnosis, missed diagnosis, and delayed diagnosis.
Failure to diagnose is a common form of medical malpractice. It occurs when a healthcare provider neglects to identify and appropriately address a patient’s medical condition, leading to preventable harm. The failure may result in worsening an existing condition, promoting the advancement of a disease, or in worst cases, death.
Doctors, nurses, hospitals and other healthcare providers can be held liable for the harm they caused by making other errors in their healthcare practice as well. Other leading forms of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical errors, including performing the wrong surgery on the wrong patient, leaving medical objects inside the patient, performing unnecessary surgeries, using contaminated instruments, and making mistakes during surgery due to negligence or incompetence of the surgeon or surgical staff;
- Medication errors, including prescribing or administering the wrong medicine or wrong dosage or using the wrong form of drug or administration;
- Anesthesia errors;
- Birth injuries;
- Postoperative infections;
- Failure to treat; and
- Failure to refer to a specialist or perform necessary testing.
Medical Malpractice is Complex
Medical malpractice cases are subject to tighter statutes of limitations than ordinary negligence cases. They also require an affidavit from a medical expert, validating that the claim has merit. This process is designed to prevent frivolous lawsuits but can be a hurdle for victims. In addition, Medical Malpractice cases often involve evidence and testimony regarding anatomy and physiology that must meet certain legally imposed requirements before the testimony can be admissible and presented to a jury.
Why Choose Real Injury Attorneys?
Our firm has a proven track record of aggressively fighting for the rights of medical malpractice victims. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to tackle even the most complex cases involving failures to diagnose or other medical errors. At Real Injury Attorney, Daniel M. Ryan has real experience in many areas of personal injury law, including medical malpractice, and knows the procedural and evidentiary requirements required to prove your case and maximize your damages.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, do not suffer in silence or be overcome by technical legal requirements. Allow Real Injury Attorney to guide you through the legal process. Contact us today for a free consultation at our offices in Tampa, Florida, or Las Vegas, Nevada, or contact us online for an initial consultation over the phone or video.