Hold A Medical Practitioner Accountable For Malpractice
Medical malpractice is the failure of a health care provider to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession in the community where the service is rendered. If a physician was careless, lacked proper skills or disregarded standardized rules resulting in injury to a patient, a jury may find the health care provider liable for negligence. Hospitals can also be held liable for the negligence of their employees, including staff nurses and technicians.
Examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failing to diagnose a tumor while reading an X-ray
- Puncturing a nearby organ or tissue during surgery
- Failing to order necessary and appropriate medical tests
- Failing to diagnose a condition in time to treat it properly
- Failing to refer a case to a medical specialist
- Prescribing incorrect medication
- Brain injury
- Birth injury
- Cerebral palsy
- An incorrect diagnosis that results in a failure to treat a medical condition
- Failing to properly administer anesthesia
- Emergency room negligence
- Dental malpractice
- Cosmetic surgery malpractice
Birth Injuries Can Have Lifelong Impacts For Both Mother And Child
Birth injury malpractice is the failure of an obstetrician to properly perform his or her duties; i.e. failure to administer blood tests to detect abnormalities that can result in death or serious injury to both the mother and fetus. If you have been injured because of improper medical care you may have a claim against the obstetrician/gynecologist who treated you. However, statutes of limitation bar the filing of claims after a certain period of time following the negligent act.
Cerebral palsy is a permanent brain injury that can affect an infant in the womb, during birth, or in the months following birth and is one of the most common birth injuries in the United States. Cerebral palsy patients are subject to limited motor skills, speech difficulties and learning disabilities. When cerebral palsy occurs as the result of medical malpractice, the responsible party inflicting said injuries can be held legally responsible. Examples of medical malpractice during delivery include leaving the baby in the birth canal too long resulting in oxygen deprivation, and/or failing to perform or delaying a necessary C-section.
Anesthesia Negligence Can Cause Serious Injury As Well
Medical malpractice injuries can occur when anesthesia is improperly given or not given in a timely manner to a patient during a surgical procedure. If the failure of the anesthesiologist is the cause of injury or death to a patient, damages may be recoverable under the laws of medical malpractice.
Take Action If A Vaccine Was Administered Improperly
Childhood and adult vaccines can result in sometimes very severe or even fatal adverse reactions. Injured victims can receive compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program which is a multibillion-dollar fund created by the federal government to provide compensation to people injured by vaccines. The prosecution of claims in this area are handled exclusively in the United States Court of Federal Claims and requires subject-specific experience to successfully pursue.
Learn More About Your Legal Options After Suffering Medical Malpractice
If you or someone you know in Washington State needs the trusted legal advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer, please call attorney Marc L. Silverman, Attorney at Law, today at 425-374-4089 or complete the contact form provided on this site to schedule your free consultation.