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MEDICAL ERRORS WE COMMONLY SEE IN IDAHO
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Vanity is not the only reason for plastic surgery, but if it turns out poorly, patients can suffer shame, hurt, and hopelessness. The emotional impact of bad surgery, along with medical and financial consequences can be devastating.
A mishandled newborn can suffer common medical issues such as cerebral palsy, brain damage, paralysis, or Erb’s palsy. If this happens to your family, call an attorney immediately. You are entitled to compensation, and negligent doctors must be held accountable.
Some illnesses, such as cancer, can progress past the point of possible recovery if not diagnosed soon enough. Heart attack and stroke, or meningitis, appendicitis, and other infections, also require timely diagnosis for proper treatment.
A negligent OB/GYN may fail to identify prenatal conditions, fail to diagnose, misdiagnose, use forceps incorrectly, or fail to perform a cesarean section when necessary. Another common injury due to negligence by an OB/GYN is brain damage caused by asphyxiation.
Often, symptoms of one thing are indicative of another as well. This can prove fatal. If you are not getting better or are getting worse, seek another opinion. Your doctor may have missed something. You may be able to go back and sue for financial compensation.
Doctors are responsible to identify medical ailments and treat them, both for the safety of the mother and her fetus. If a medical professional fails to diagnose a problem, or administers the wrong treatment, or any other error that results in complications that threaten the life of her or her child, take legal action and draw attention to dangerously careless medical professionals. While there is no amount of money that can ease the loss of a child, it may help ease your financial burden while you cope with your loss.
Nurses make errors and you should not have to suffer in their care. Also, if you suffer from being ignored too long, file a claim with the hospital and ask your attorney if you have grounds for a lawsuit.
If the wrong medication is prescribed, it could cause a myriad of problems and even death. Double-check with the pharmacist to make sure your medication matches your illness.
Failure to detect an oral disease is one form of dental malpractice, since diseases such as periodontal disease are more treatable when detected early enough. Malpractice can also result in injury to bone structure or tissue. And improper tooth extraction, such as during a wisdom tooth removal, can lead to infections or nerve damage. Using defective or improperly sterilized tools can contribute to problems as well.
If you are the sufferer of botched surgery, wrong site surgery, misuse of surgical instruments, incorrect surgical procedure, or incorrect suturing, you are entitled to financial compensation. Furthermore, if surgeons left objects in your body or you suffer post-surgical complications, call your attorney today.
This is a potentially serious or deadly medical mistake involving the improper administration of drugs during surgery or other invasive procedures.
Errors Leading to Death
Johns Hopkins University has discovered that medical errors may be the third-leading cause of death in this country. Unfortunately, then, the chances that your loved one’s death was caused by physician error is quite high.
If so, we then need to determine how that failure contributed to your harm.
So pursuing a case will require extensive investigation. This is true both initially while we design a strategy for your case as well as on an ongoing basis as we pursue a settlement or verdict.
This is why Litster Frost Injury Lawyers are so careful at advising on when a settlement or trial is best, and to thoroughly research every avenue of fulfilling that burden of proof in a successful lawsuit.
While many lawsuits pertain to medical equipment defect or design, some cases of harm contributed to by equipment or medical devices are due to their misuse. This could be due to lack of training, misapplication, or many other factors pertaining to human error.
The process from prescribing to administering a medication is complex and wrought with the potential for dangerous mistakes. Wrong drug for wrong patient, timing, dosage, manner of reconstitution, rate of infusion or speed of administration, wrong pharmaceutical form, and many other factors have been cited in medication error-related cases.
Roughly 4,000 people per year in the U.S. suffer from serious surgical mistakes. Researchers and medical industry people refer to these as “never events,” as they should never have happened. An example would be operating on the wrong patient or body part, or leaving a foreign object such as a sponge inside the operation site of the patient.
There are also many other less obvious surgical complications, such as a failure to notice hemorrhaging. These can also be extremely serious.
Some cases have also cited that a lack of qualified workforce in the medical community can lead to overworked, and sometimes exhausted, mistake-prone situations. Even the most careful doctors or nurses who takes impeccable pride in their work can make mistakes when working double shifts with a lack of proper sleep.
Computerization of medical records and patient management has helped. But no matter how sophisticated medical management systems, workflows, and procedures become, human error will be a factor in the equation as long as these are managed by people.
If you speak with an attorney at Litster Frost about your medical malpractice case, you’ll quickly realize why Idahoans trust our firm to handle their malpractice cases. You’ll see that experience and deep knowledge of litigation for malpractice is critical.
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In Idaho, you typically have two years to file a medical malpractice claim. Yet you may file within one year of discovering either (1) a foreign object inside your body or (2) a malpractice cover-up. These exceptions only apply if you did not already have reason to suspect malpractice.