Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Representation for Those Injured due to Medical Negligence
It is a fact of life that, when we get sick or hurt, we must see a physician or other health care provider. We respect our medical professionals and trust them with our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Physicians and medical professionals are only human and, like the rest of us, they unfortunately make mistakes.
Not all errors that occur in hospital or clinical settings constitute medical malpractice. For medical malpractice to have occurred, your doctor or healthcare provider must have owed you a duty to act within the appropriate standard of care, the provider must have breached that duty of care, and you must have sustained an injury as a result of that breach.
When medical errors and accidents happen, and a patient suffers injury or a fatality as a result of negligence by a doctor, nurse, hospital, nursing home, or other medical professional, a claim of medical malpractice may be pursued. The healthcare industry sets standards of care that all medical professionals are expected to provide to patients. When this level of care is not provided, those responsible can be held liable.
If you believe you have sustained serious injury as a result of medical malpractice or are looking to fight on behalf of a loved one, our compassionate and capable legal team will guide you through this difficult time.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur at any time a patient is receiving medical treatment. Negligence and careless medical mistakes that result in harm to the patient constitute the basis for a medical malpractice claim. Some of the most common types of claims include:
- Anesthesia Errors: When a patient is sedated, they are at their most vulnerable because they are unable to clearly communicate. Too much anesthesia or negligent monitoring of vital signs by the anesthesiologist can result in brain injury, physical injury, and even fatality. The American Association of Anesthesiology has specific standards relating to monitoring and prevention. When medical professionals deviate from these standards, the patient can suffer devastating consequences.
- Birth Injuries: Pregnancy, labor, and delivery are precarious medical situations that can become emergencies without warning. Even with the best prenatal care, many adverse situations can occur before, during, or after delivery. If a doctor, medical professional, or facility fails to provide the standard of care that is required, both mother and baby can suffer life-threatening consequences that can result in permanent injury, disability, and even fatal injuries.
- Emergency Room Mistakes: An emergency room is a high stress atmosphere that requires a team of doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and technicians to work closely together to quickly assess and treat serious and sometimes life-threatening situations. Mistakes can happen, but when a patient suffers because of the negligence or carelessness of the team, it is medical malpractice. Failing to order necessary tests or miscommunication between team members can result in injury or death that could have been prevented had proper procedures been followed.
- Failure to Diagnose: Doctors have a responsibility to their patients to provide personal attention and diagnostic testing to ensure that an acute or chronic illness can be properly diagnosed. Failing to conduct necessary testing, not taking a complete medical history of a patient, misdiagnosing a patient, or ignoring symptoms that could lead to a diagnosis are considered medical malpractice. If the patient’s injury or death could have been prevented if the correct diagnosis was made, the doctor can be held liable.
- Failure to Warn and Informed Consent: A patient that is undergoing a surgical or medical procedure has the right to know what risks are involved. There are risks in every procedure, but patients must be informed of all potential hazards associated with the procedure, medication, and medical equipment that will be used. If the patient suffers from one of the risks but was not properly informed or did not sign an informed consent, the doctors, hospital, pharmaceutical company, or medical device manufacturer can be held liable.
- Hospital Negligence: Hospitals have a responsibility to care for, treat and heal its patients. When an injury occurs as a result of a hospital’s negligence, a medical malpractice claim can be filed by the injured victim. Hospital negligence includes patients inadvertently developing a hospital-acquired infection.
- Medication Errors: Medication errors can occur when a physician prescribes the incorrect medication or improper dosage; as a result of pharmacy dispensing the incorrect medication or dosage; or when a healthcare professional fails to identify and inform of any adverse side effects or dangerous interaction with other medications.
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: Many Americans rely on nursing home, adult daycare facilities and assisted living services to protect and care for their aging loved ones. Common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include bedsores, malnutrition, broken bones, sexual abuse, and even financial abuse.
- Surgical Errors: Surgery is often accompanied by many inherent risks. However, when a patient is harmed due to a surgical error, improper post-operative care, surgery performed on the wrong organ/body part, or was not informed of surgical risks, an injured patient can hold the surgeon and hospital liable for a surgical error.
When Medical Malpractice Occurs
The process of bringing a successful medical malpractice suit to fruition can be overwhelming. If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice, it is imperative to seek legal consultation at once. The medical malpractice lawyers at Axler Goldich LLC will gather the vital evidence you need to prove your case, and will provide you with skilled representation. We are dedicated to helping our clients claim the justice and maximum compensation to which they are entitled.
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If you or someone you love has been injured or has died as a result of negligence or carelessness of a doctor, nurse, medical professional, hospital, or nursing home, you may be entitled to compensation.
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