Every time you visit a doctor, you are essentially placing your health - and life - in someone else's hands. Although most health-care professionals do all they can to help their patients, medical malpractice is still alarmingly common in the United States.
More than 250,000 patients died due to medical errors in 2013, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University. That means avoidable errors caused nearly 10 percent of deaths that year.
If you were injured or lost a family member due to the negligence of a doctor, pharmacist or nurse in Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is a personal-injury attorney in Rome who will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit http://medical-malpractice.usattorneys.com/georgia/ to learn more about medical malpractice lawsuits in Georgia.
Let's take a look at five of the most common types of medical malpractice:
1. Diagnostic Errors
All medical procedures begin with diagnostic testing. In order to treat a condition effectively, your doctor must first identify it.
If your doctor does not diagnose your condition correctly, you may receive treatment for another condition while the one you are actually suffering from lingers or worsens. It is important to remember that not all cases of misdiagnosis constitute medical malpractice; however, if you have textbook symptoms that are both apparent and identifiable but your doctor fails to diagnose you properly, then you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
2. Medication Errors
Each year in the United States, an estimated 1.3 million people are injured and at least 365 die due to medication errors, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. There are countless ways that a medication error can occur; for example, your doctor might prescribe the wrong medication, the wrong dosage or the wrong combination of medications.
Pharmacists and nurses can also commit medication errors by either filling a prescription incorrectly or administering the medication improperly. Medication mistakes not only prevent patients from getting the medicine they need, but these errors could also lead to adverse side effects for patients who take the wrong drug or incorrect dosage.
3. Anesthesia Errors
If a patient does not receive enough anesthesia, then he or she could feel pain during surgery. However, if an anesthesiologist administers too much, then the patient could die or suffer brain damage.
4. Surgical Errors
If all goes well with the anesthesia, patients still have to worry about doctors committing surgical errors. There are countless ways to injure a patient during surgery - from accidentally puncturing organs to leaving medical equipment inside the body.
5. Labor and Delivery Errors
Just because an infant suffers a birth defect does not necessarily mean that medical malpractice is to blame. However, if your child was injured due to a forceful delivery or negligence during labor, then you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
If you would like to discuss your case with an accident lawyer in Rome, Georgia, contact The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation.