What is Malpractice? • Medical malpractice is when a doctor, other medical professional or medical center makes a mistake resulting in a patient’s injury or death. • The term “medical negligence” is used for the medical professional’s act or failure to act. • Medical malpractice can be argued when the accepted standard of care is not met, such as a mistake in the diagnosis of an illness or in failure to give the proper treatment.
Types of Medical malpractice • There are many types of injuries that fall under medical malpractice including: • Birth injuries • Autism • Surgical errors • Misdiagnosisor delayed diagnosis • Medication errors
Birth Injuries • Birth injuries occur when medical staff acts negligently and harms the mother and/or child. • Unfortunately, a number of birth injuries are common in medical malpractice suits including: • Negligent Prenatal Care • Failure to diagnose a medical condition in the mother, such as preeclampsia or anemia • Failure to identify a birth defect • Failure to identify an ectopic pregnancy • Failure to diagnose a contagious disease in the mother, like genital herpes • Negligent Birth Care • Failure to identify risks to child during birth, such as its size or the umbilical cord being tangled • Failure to identify and respond to fetal distress • Incompetent use of tools such as forceps • Failure to order a cesarean section when appropriate • According to statistics, 6 to 8 out of every 1000 infants born in the US experiences a birth injury.
Autism • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or “Autism” is a general term for a group of complex disorders of brain development. • Autism affects the mental, intellectual and emotional development of a child. • Research shows that Autism has its roots in early brain development. • There are many causes of Autism, one of which is a doctor’s negligence. Many cases of Autism medical malpractice have been successfully won by showing that there was a brain injury during birth which substantially contributed to the development of the disorder.
Surgical Errors • Surgical errors can be described as preventable mistakes made in the operating room. • These preventable mistakes include: • Incompetence – The surgeon is not qualified to perform the surgery or does not have the proper equipment for performing the surgery • Neglect – When a surgeon fails to ensure that all proper protocol, such as the sterilization of surgical tools, is followed • Insufficient Planning – Surgeons must study up on surgeries before performing them to ensure that they perform them correctly. If they do not, they can make mistakes • Fatigue – If a surgeon is not properly rested before surgery, he or shecan more easily make mistakes • Impairment – If a surgeon is impaired due to drugs or alcohol, it is likely he or shewill make a mistake
Birth Injury lawyers • If you or your child has suffered a birth injury or other form of medical malpractice due to the negligent actions of a doctor or other medical staff, contact the attorneys who specialize in birth injury cases.
The Fitzgerald Law Firm • The Fitzgerald Law Firm is a New York firm of injury lawyers with a successful track record • The firmhas fought for the rights of mothers and children against birth injuries for 40 years • The firm has successfully handled hundreds of birth injury malpractice cases • For a free consultation call us at 1-800-323-9900 or submit your information in our online contact form
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