Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional commits an error that results in harm to the patient in his or her care. While not all medical errors are attributed to medical malpractice, it is important to be aware of the potential for malpractice when receiving care in a medical setting. It is also important to understand the difference between a medical error and a mistake that will qualify for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In order for a medical mistake to be considered malpractice, it must include proof that the doctor or other medical professional acted negligently. You must be able to demonstrate that you would have received a higher level of quality care from another doctor or professional. In addition, you must be able to show the harm you suffered as a result of the negligence.
Medical malpractice cases require documentation that demonstrates your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and/or pain and suffering. If you believe you may be entitled to compensation via a medical malpractice claim, consult our medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia.
Examples of Medical Malpractice That Could Lead to a Lawsuit
Below are some examples of errors that may be malpractice and which may be grounds to work with Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers to recover compensation for your damages.
- Diagnostic errors: When a doctor misdiagnoses a patient’s condition or delays providing a diagnosis, precious time may be lost in the treatment process. There are many reasons why an illness or other condition may be difficult to diagnose, however. Diagnostic delays or errors are not always malpractice. The key element in proving that diagnostic mistakes are the result of negligence is to demonstrate that the physician failed to properly follow a standard of care when diagnosing the patient's condition.
- Anesthesia errors: These medical errors can cause serious consequences for the patient, such as brain damage, disability and even death. Anesthesia complications can occur unexpectedly when all precautions have been taken, but there are some cases in which the anesthesiologist failed to review the patient’s medical history properly or provide adequate monitoring during a procedure. Overdosing, using anesthesia that interferes with other medicines or causes known allergic reactions, are examples of malpractice.
- Medication errors: These errors may include over- or under-dosage, administration errors, giving a patient the wrong drug, or causing an allergic reaction. Sometimes doctors write illegibly on prescription slips, and no one checks to be sure they know what the appropriate drug or dosage should be. Sometimes medication-administrating equipment is defective or malfunctions.
- Surgery errors: Surgery carries many risks, and patients are informed of the anticipated medical complications that may occur. What patients typically are not informed of are gross medical errors such as surgery on the wrong patient, wrong body part or items left inside the body cavity after the surgery.
- Infection: In some cases, patients may contract infections in medical settings as a result of medical staff's poor hygiene or sanitation. Patients can work with medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia to prove that the hospital failed to follow a reasonable standard of care in preventing hospital-acquired infections.
- Air bubbles in blood: Removing a chest tube too quickly may lead to air bubbles in the patient's blood, which ultimately can cause serious injury or death. Patients must establish negligence in removing the tube and providing care.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit with Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Philadelphia
Medical malpractice suits can be complicated and tricky to prove. Enlisting the help of Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys may benefit your case. Call Cordisco & Saile LLC if you need legal representation after a medical error affected your life. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to set up a free consultation to discuss your case with an attorney.