Medical Malpractice can be defined as the improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician. In order to pursue a malpractice lawsuit, one must demonstrate that the physician owed a legal duty to the patient, that duty was breached, the duty caused bodily harm, and the incident resulted in damages.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the frequency of malpractice lawsuits varies according to specialty. However, Neurosurgery and Thoracic-Cardiovascular surgery have been shown to have the highest rates of malpractice claims.
A patient may seek the services of a neurosurgeon if he or she suffers from a disorder of the nervous system or brain, a brain tumor, head injury, or any other problem that may require surgery. A patient may contact a thoracic-cardiovascular surgeon if he or she has experienced a disease of deformity of the chest, heart, and/or lungs. If a patient chooses to undergo surgery, he or she should be aware of the complications that could arise from malpractice.
Some mistakes that occur in the operating room include
- Anesthesia errors
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Leaving gauze or medical instruments in the body
These can lead to unnecessary complications that the patient experiences during recovery. Problems that can arise outside of the O.R and may be a result of negligence include: misdiagnosis, infection at the wound site, and blood clots.
If these symptoms or any other complications arise after a neurosurgery or cardiothoracic surgery it is important that a Michigan lawyer be contacted to review the circumstances of the alleged negligence. Sometimes neurosurgery malpractice or cardiothoracic surgery can also result in wrongful death. If the patient can prove his or her complications did arise from negligent or improper treatment, he or she may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Our lawyers specialize in medical malpractice. If you or family members have experienced malpractice after a neurological or cardiothoracic procedure, contact our office immediately. The statute of limitations for malpractice cases in Michigan limits the length of time after a surgery in which a patient can file to recover damages, so you must act quickly in order to have a viable claim. Call our office today (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan medical malpractice lawyers. You may also request a free book “The Ultimate Michigan Medical Malpractice Handbook”, which discusses the malpractice process and what must be proven to win your case.