Doctors are human beings capable of making mistakes like the rest of us, but they have a duty to their patients to act in a responsible manner. The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to representing the interests and needs of the many people who suffer harm due to the negligent actions of their healthcare providers. Malpractice can be the cause of life changing injuries and the source of terrible and prolonged suffering and it is our mission to hold medical professionals accountable when their mistakes were due to irresponsible or careless actions that are not representative of how professionals should conduct themselves.
When Does a Physician's Mistake Qualify as Malpractice?
Our Chicago medical negligence lawyers pursue compensation from doctors, nurses, caregivers and hospitals that acted in a truly reprehensible manner which resulted in the injury of our clients. Merely disagreeing with your healthcare provider’s decisions or being dissatisfied with the care you received is not enough to warrant filing a lawsuit. Your doctor must have breached his or her duty of care, which is the legal definition of a set of actions that any reasonable doctor with the same skill set would take to address a problem.
We always recommend speaking with one of our qualified attorneys to determine whether you have the grounds to seek compensation and will be happy to answer any questions that you have about your rights. In order to help you further, we’ve provided the following information about the different types of medical malpractice in order to help you determine whether your doctor or healthcare provider acted in a negligent manner.
Common Forms of Medical Malpractice
Following are the most common types of medical malpractice. If you have been injured due to any of these circumstances, you may have a case and should contact one of our attorneys to learn more about your rights.
- Medication errors— the improper prescription or administration of medication is a serious problem in the United States and impacts over 1.5 million people each year. These errors can result from the doctor writing a prescription for the wrong medication or dosage, pharmacists filling the prescriptions inaccurately, nursing staff administering the wrong dose or medication or a doctor prescribing medications that interact negatively with medications that are already being taken. While most medication errors result in minor discomfort or reactions, others can have far more severe consequences.
- Anesthesia errors— there are numerous steps that need to be taken prior to and following the administration of anesthetic medications. Anesthesiologists must be aware of the patient’s medical history, inform the patient of any risks or complications and dose the medication accurately. Anesthesia overdoses can cause severe complications or death and it is the responsibility of medical staff to monitor the patient’s vitals for signs of trouble. Other errors can be attributed to the use of defective equipment or failure to use intubating equipment when the patient may have difficulty breathing. During operative procedures where the patient is required to lay on his or her stomach, it is also important that the anesthesiologist monitor the patient’s blood oxygen levels to ensure that an adequate amount of oxygen is reaching the brain.
- Misdiagnosis or failed diagnosis— when a quick an accurate diagnosis is required to treat an illness, the failure of a doctor to get the diagnosis right can be catastrophic. Examples include when a doctor fails to order testing to determine whether a patient has cancer or incorrectly diagnoses and treats a disorder that the patient is not suffering from. These errors may also stem from the failure of a doctor to accurately interpret the results of the test he or she ordered or when the wrong results are delivered.
- Prenatal care negligence— the inability of a doctor to provide adequate care throughout a mother’s pregnancy can impact the development of the child, result in congenital birth defects, cause a premature birth or result in other injuries or complications. If the doctor failed to diagnose conditions such as anemia, gestational diabetes, Rh incompatibility or preeclampsia, it can also have drastic consequences on the pregnancy.
- Birth injuries— there are numerous injuries that newborns may experience both during and following birth. If these injuries are the result of poorly performed procedures or the failure of medical staff to identify and treat injuries, the child can suffer serious complications. Most children who suffer birth injuries recover on their own with little incident, but the failure to treat jaundice or identify other problems early on can result in conditions that were completely preventable.
- Surgical errors— when surgeons fail to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of their patients, they may be liable for any injuries that result. It is not as uncommon for a surgeon to accidentally perforate an organ or make a cut in the wrong place as you would believe, but most of these mistakes can be corrected as long as the surgeon notices the error prior to sewing the patient up. Other errors can include operating on the wrong part of the body, failing to take appropriate measures to prevent infections and not following up with the patient after the procedure to ensure that he or she has not developed an infection or other complications.
When to Contact a Medical Negligence Attorney?
Healthcare providers are reasonably protected from frivolous lawsuits, so many victims of malpractice are unsure of whether they truly have the grounds to file a claim against their doctor, hospital or surgeon. You should contact one of our attorneys if any of the following applies to you so that we can advise you on whether you have a claim.
- You suffered an injury that required medical treatment to treat or correct
- You lost a loved one due to a medical or surgical error
- Your injuries have impacted your ability to lead an independent and healthy life
- Your doctor’s error has caused you significant financial hardship
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is an award winning personal injury law firm that represents thousands of clients who have been injured due to the negligent actions of their doctors or other medical staff. We have the resources and experience to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to and to find quality medical specialists who can assist you throughout your physical recovery. In addition to having knowledgeable and qualified attorneys, we rely on a network of medical experts, social workers and other professionals to help build our clients cases and provide the services that they need to move forward with their recoveries.
If you have been injured and believe that your doctor acted outside of his or her duty of care, contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys so that we can gather the information we need to conduct a thorough investigation into your matter. We will review all of your legal options with you, answer any questions that you have about the process of filing a lawsuit and let you know just what you can expect from us as we work on your behalf. Our attorneys operate solely on a contingency basis, so you are also guaranteed never to owe us a thing until we are able to recover compensation on your behalf.