Because of the sheer complexity of the human body we often feel like we have no choice but to rely on the judgment and expertise of our healthcare providers. Although in many cases this is the most prudent course of action, the potential for things to go wrong is virtually limitless. The attorneys at Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens have successfully represented numerous individuals and families with medical malpractice claims involving every type of medical specialty. Types of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to delays in diagnosis, failure to diagnose, prescription errors, surgical error, improper treatment of a condition or illness, anesthesia or drug errors, and birth injuries.
Failure to Diagnose
Physicians must bring their full attention and expertise to each case. A failure to do so can be irresponsible, and often negligent.
Typical reasons exist for a physician's failure to diagnose include:
- Misinterpreting lab results or imaging scans
- Failure to perform appropriate diagnostic tests
- Ignoring patients' self-reported symptoms
- Failure to properly interpret the results of diagnostic tests
- Exhaustion and fatigue from long shifts
- Bias-driven presumption about a patient's lifestyle
Prescription errors can occur in any health care setting, but are most common in the hospital setting where several different physicians may interact only briefly with a particular patient.
Types of prescription errors include:
- Wrong dosage
- Wrong type of drug prescribed
- Illegible physician handwriting leads to pharmacy error
- Confusion as the result of similar drug names and packaging
Surgery can be frightening. It involves a variety of people - surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other hospital personnel, and is often intrusive - surgery often involves the use of scalpels and other sharp instruments to repair and replace unhealthy organs and body parts. Unfortunately, medical malpractice in the operating room is not a rare occurrence.
Types of surgical errors include:
- Surgical instruments left in the body
- Performing surgery in a manner below the standard of care
- Performing surgery on the wrong site
- Improper suturing
- Medical errors
When mistakes happen in a medical setting, the consequences are often severe, and even fatal. However, medical malpractice claims can be complex, expensive and difficult to prove. As a result, the attorneys at WPTC are selective in the cases they take in order to devote their resources to provide the best possible representation with the best chances for success.
For more information please see our FAQs regarding Medical Malpractice or FAQs regarding Medical Device Defects or contact Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens to speak with a >Medical Malpractice attorney.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/MEDICAL DEVICE RESOURCES:
National Patient Safety Foundation
PULSE (Persons United Limiting Substandards and Errors in Healthcare)
Louisiana State Medical Licensing Board
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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