Pocatellos is a fairly small town with modern healthcare facilities. Unlike over-crowded, understaffed hospitals in many big cities, most people receive excellent care in Idaho towns like Pocatello. However, no area is exempt from medical mistakes or negligence. Just as in the rest of the country there is a potential that a healthcare provider becomes negligent leading to a wrong diagnosis, inappropriate treatment, or surgical errors that leaves you with serious consequences, such as grueling pain, a lower quality of life, or even the loss of earning ability.
Without the aid of a skilled medical malpractice attorney, these errors could wind up taking a major toll on both your own life and the lives of those you care about. Litster Frost is here to help you pursue a case against a negligent healthcare provider or organization anywhere in Idaho.
Medical Malpractice: What Is It, and How Often Does it Occur?
Medical malpractice hinges on the concept of negligence – that is, acting in a careless manner or in a manner that deviates from the standard of care or the accepted practices and procedures of the medical community which are designed to prevent harm to patients. In a medical malpractice case, a patient must be injured in some way as a result of that negligent act.
To prove your case, your attorney will evidence to show not only that you were injured, but that the negligence of the doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider caused or contributed to your injury. Medical malpractice cases look not just at the type of injury you or your loved one sustained, but also examine the short-term and long-term consequences and costs, including physical pain and suffering, medical costs, loss of wages, changes to your lifestyle, and emotional damages.
Medical malpractice cases happen more often than you may think. Hundreds of thousands of errors occur each year in the United States, with one study concluding that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death nationwide. Still, while medical errors can have tragic results, not every error necessarily constitutes medical malpractice.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractices rears its ugly head in many forms. Your attorney can determine which type, or types, apply to your case. Some of the more common forms of malpractice include:
‣ Wrong Diagnosis or Failure to Diagnose
Misdiagnosis is the most common type of medical error, and while you might think misdiagnosis affects only difficult-to-diagnosis cases like blood clots, heart ailments or deep-seated cancers, you’d be wrong: Each year, many doctors misdiagnose relatively common medical problems as well. A misdiagnosis can result in a delay in appropriate care that can allow a condition to become much worse over time, or it may result in inappropriate – and often harmful – care being rendered, including unnecessary surgery or the use of dangerous prescription medications or other treatments.
‣ Pregnancy-Related or Birth-Related Injuries
Pregnancy should be an exciting time filled with joyful anticipation. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when a lot of things can go wrong, both during both the pregnancy and the birth process itself. Both the mother’s and the baby’s health and lives are at stake, and the negligence of a doctor, midwife, nurse or other provider can have devastating consequences. Often, a negligent act can lead to an issue like:
‣ Excessive bleeding or hemorrhage
‣ Placental abruption or other placenta issues
‣ Problems related to cesarean section deliveries
‣ Misuse of forceps or suction during delivery
‣ Prolonged labor or delay in performing a cesarean delivery
‣ Anesthesia-related injuries
‣ Injuries to the baby that occur during the birthing process or during labor
As with other types of medical problems, proving that the healthcare provider was negligent in providing some aspect of care is essential to determining whether a medical malpractice scenario exists. Not all birth- or pregnancy-related problems are associated with medical negligence, so working closely with a skilled medical malpractice attorney is an important part of determining if malpractice exists.