You trust doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to diagnose and treat you properly, and when that doesn’t happen the consequences can be devastating. Medical malpractice includes negligent, improper, or unskilled care by any type of healthcare professional or entity. While it is unfortunately common, it can be one of the most difficult types of cases for injured persons to collect damages. That is because the burden lies with the person bringing suit to prove all of the following:
The doctor owed the patient a duty of care
He or she failed to meet a reasonable standard of care
Proof that the injury was caused by substandard care
At Wilson, Frame & Metheney, we have extensive knowledge and resources to bring a medical malpractice suit forward and to hold negligent practitioners accountable for the damage they caused. Below are some of the most common types of medical errors suffered by clients of our law firm.
Seven out of 1,000 newborns suffer an injury immediately before, during, or after their birth that can leave them with a lifelong disability. This causes physical pain for the child along with emotional suffering and financial strain for the family. Some of the most common types of birth trauma include:
Brachial plexus palsy
Collar bone fracture
Facial nerve palsy
Leg or arm fracture
Brain damage or cerebral palsy
If your otherwise healthy baby is coping with the consequences of some type of birth trauma, a lawyer at our firm with experience in medical malpractice would be happy to review your case.
Seven out of 1,000 newborns suffer an injury immediately before, during, or after their birth that can leave them with a lifelong disability.
Failure to Diagnose Medical Condition
The failure of medical professionals to make a correct or timely diagnosis accounts for 40 percent of medical malpractice claims. This mistake is often a deadly one since early diagnosis is critical to recovery in so many health conditions. Unfortunately, some doctors just don’t take a patient’s symptoms seriously or take the time they should to investigate them.
The medical mistake of failure to diagnosis or a misdiagnosis can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Our attorneys for medical malpractice are available to help you now.
The failure of medical professionals to make a correct or timely diagnosis accounts for 40 percent of medical malpractice claims.
Failure to Properly Treat a Medical Condition
Even when patients receive the correct diagnosis for their condition, their doctor may still treat it improperly. Examples of this type of claim for medical negligence include:
Not performing necessary diagnostic tests
Not treating a diagnosed condition in a timely manner or at all
Not referring the patient to other medical specialists when appropriate
Not advising the patient of all available medical treatments
Refusing to treat a patient due to lack of insurance
Not recognizing heart attack or stroke symptoms in the emergency room
Like failure to diagnose, failure to treat can have serious or fatal consequences. You deserve compensation for your unnecessary suffering and financial stress. The sooner you call Wilson, Frame & Metheney, the better, so we can discuss your case with you immediately.
Hospital Acquired Infection
Going to the hospital expecting to get better and acquiring an infection instead happens far more often than it should. The Centers for Disease Control states that 1.7 million people get sick from an infection in the hospital each year and 99,000 of them die.
Improper sterilization of equipment, lack of hand washing, and not separating patients with serious infections from other patients are some of the leading causes of this tragic situation. This level of hospital negligence is simply unacceptable. Please contact Wilson, Frame & Metheney if a hospital acquired infection has threatened your health or cost a loved one his or her life.
The Centers for Disease Control states that 1.7 million people get sick from an infection in the hospital each year and 99,000 of them die.
Undergoing surgery is nerve-racking enough in the best of situations. When a surgeon makes a critical error, it can cause serious injury or death. Fatigue, lack of training, lack of communication between medical professionals, and the use of drugs or alcohol are all common reasons for surgical errors. Some of these may include:
Operating on the wrong patient
Operating on the wrong body part
Leaving a piece of surgical equipment inside a patient’s body
Providing too much or too little anesthesia
Injuring a nerve
Creating an incision at the wrong location
A surgical error case may be extremely different. Call Wilson, Frame & Metheney, the law firm with years of experience holding negligent surgeons accountable for the damage they cause.
Nursing Home Neglect
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is a wrenching one for most families. The only comfort is knowing that an older family member will receive good care. That is why it’s so devastating to learn that he or she has been abused or neglected by nursing home staff instead. Since memory issues and mental confusion are common in the elderly, it’s up to you to look for signs such as:
Bruises from physical abuse or frequent falls
Offensive odor due to lack of grooming
Unfortunately, this represents only a handful of possible signs of nursing home abuse or neglect. If you suspect a problem and don’t feel satisfied with the response from the nursing home administration, contact our personal injury medical malpractice lawyers today.
Wilson, Frame & Metheney offers free consultations to anyone who feels that they or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice.