Healthcare providers owe patients a special duty of care, depending on their skills and training. When they fail to meet that duty, their negligence can cause actual harm. Patients are entitled to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent providers, to recover damages for their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional harm and more.
Medical malpractice can take many forms. Here are the most common medical malpractice claims in Ohio:
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis: When doctors improperly diagnose a patient, or misses a diagnosis for an unreasonable amount of time, it can be disastrous. The sooner illnesses and injuries are treated, the better chance the patient has of recovery. Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose issues can be an expensive proposition at best, and life-threatening at worst.
- Surgical errors: Surgical errors commonly include operating on the wrong body part, leaving surgical tools in the body cavity or puncturing internal organs. Negligent surgical nursing care also falls under this category.
- Drug errors: Prescribing the wrong medication or wrong dose, or administering the wrong dose or medication may have life-threatening consequences. In hospitals, it’s not uncommon for tired nurses to give medication to the wrong patient.
- Failure to obtain consent: Doctors are typically required to get a patient’s full and informed consent before performing any procedures. Patients typically have to sign forms to that effect—but if a doctor fails to fully inform the patient what will happen, or they otherwise fail to get consent, the plaintiff can file a claim.
- Childbirth injuries: Childbirth is still dangerous, even in the 2020s. Negligent medical providers may be responsible for injuries to the mother and infant. Common pregnancy and childbirth injuries include failure to diagnose a congenital condition during pregnancy, failure to respond to fetal distress and negligent use of forceps or vacuum extractors. These mistakes can lead to serious injury, lifelong conditions and even death.
- Anesthesia errors: Anesthesia errors can lead to brain damage, permanent injury and death. Anesthesiologists are held to particularly high standards of care, since the margin of error is so slim. Mistakes include failing to administer the correct dose, failure to monitor warning signs, failure to review a patient’s medical history and improperly intubating patients.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny today. We aggressively pursue malpractice claims to get the compensation you deserve.
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