When you visit a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, you should
not have to worry about anything other than treating your ailment. Medical
professionals are also the first resort when you are injured or become
ill. The amount of trust we put into the hands of doctors and nurses is
staggering. You literally trust healthcare workers with your life, and
in return, they have a duty to treat you with care, caution and competence.
When medical professionals fail and make mistakes, the results can be
disastrous. If doctor error has caused you injury, a Sarasota personal
injury attorney can help.
Medical malpractice results when a doctor, nurse, radiologist or anesthesiologist fails to
exercise the degree of care and skill that a careful medical professional
would use under similar circumstances and injures or kills the patient.
The negligence of medical professionals leads to the deaths over 200,000
Americans a year and injures over one million. Hospitals and HMOs have
turned health care into a mass-produced process where patients do not
always receive the amount of care to which they are entitled.
Some of the more common types of medical malpractice are:
- Unnecessary surgery
- Improper administration of anesthesia
- Surgical mistakes, from leaving operational equipment in the body to failure
to properly close wounds
- Drug errors, including improper prescriptions or mistaken dosage and misfiled
- Birth injuries
- Defective medical products, like pacemakers and prosthetics
- Emergency room errors
- Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose diseases, like cancer
The misdiagnosis of a disease can be especially difficult to recover from.
Diseases like cancer have extensive, dangerous and painful courses of
treatment, including aggressive chemical therapy and radiation exposure.
However, not every negative medical outcome is a result of medical malpractice.
Just because a course of treatment failed or you did not obtain the ideal
outcome of a procedure or surgery does not mean this failure is automatically
a result of the medical negligence. Only when medical professionals have
made an error or otherwise failed to perform their jobs correctly do they
become liable for personal injury or wrongful death claims.
Distinguishing between doctor error and unhappy result or common injury
requires an in-depth examination of the relevant medical records by a
trained professional. All too often, health care providers attempt to
play off medical malpractice as known complications or the result of the
unavoidable risk of surgery. Only a thorough investigation of the pertinent
records and related materials can reveal the possible mistakes made by
doctors during treatment.
Contact an experienced Sarasota injury lawyer for an in-depth assessment of your claims.