Medical Malpractice

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Medical malpractice is the failure of a physician, surgeon, chiropractor, nurse, dentist, or other healthcare professional to follow the accepted standards of practice of his or her profession. Medicine isn’t always perfect, and sometimes best guesses can still yield suboptimal results. However, if a physician was careless, lacked proper skills, or disregarded protocols of standards, a patient could become injured or have their life permanently altered. Such an instance is known as “medical malpractice” or “medical negligence” and the patient is eligible for compensation. Hospitals can also be held liable for the negligence of their employees, including physicians, staff nurses, and technicians.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of one of these mistakes, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice suit against the liable doctor or healthcare provider. At Hearne & Bailey, P.A., we make it our mission to represent you and provide you with high-quality counsel and guidance for your medical malpractice issue. Our goal is to help you pursue the best possible outcome, and we offer experience and knowledge to do so effectively.

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Hospital Malpractice & Negligence

Hospital malpractice occurs when a person is harmed after receiving improper or negligent medical care while in a hospital. There are set standards of care that determine how hospitals are supposed to treat and care for patients. If a hospital staff fails to follow these prescribed standards which result in injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Hospital negligence can take many forms. For example, injuries resulting from hospital staff’s failure to order the correct tests, failure to refer patients to the correct specialist, a mistaken diagnosis, or failure to treat a patient can all be construed as hospital malpractice.

Here are just a few other examples of ways a physician or medical care provider could be held liable for medical malpractice:

  • Brain injury

  • Surgical mistakes (for example, puncturing a nearby organ or tissue)

  • Nursing home errors, neglect, and abuse

  • Nurse malpractice

  • Emergency room negligence (i.e. premature discharge or failure to diagnose a condition)

  • Dental malpractice

  • Psychiatric malpractice

  • Military medical malpractice

  • Wrongful death

Have you or someone you know been injured as a result of a doctor or medical professional’s error? Call Hearne & Bailey, P.A. at (410) 618-0903today to request a free consultation!

Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is an extremely broad and widely-encompassing type of personal injury law. With medicine being an incredibly complex science, there are a ton of different ways someone might be negligent or fail to follow standard procedures and protocols. However, medical professionals are held to a high standard because of this, and that’s why they undergo extensive training and education.

Medication Errors

Administering a drug that a patient is allergic to, is known to have an adverse reaction with another drug already being taken, was too strong of a dose, or results in a patient suffering some sort of additional injury or death is considered a medication error. This could also include prescribing the wrong drug, transcribing the wrong drug, or a pharmacist dispensing the wrong medication.

Defective Drugs or Products

The sad truth is that some pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers have put the public at risk by bringing dangerous or defective products to the market. Either these products are poorly designed, use flawed materials, or have some other issue that makes them potentially dangerous. In such a case, the claim for injuries should actually be brought against the product’s manufacturer.

Anesthetic Errors

When you undergo surgery, the last face you usually see is that of the anesthesiologist, who will regulate your consciousness and condition during the operation. The anesthesiologist is responsible for maintaining vital signs throughout the length of the procedure and administering sedative doses to keep you safe. When anesthesiologists make errors in administering anesthesia, the results are usually catastrophic, potentially including coma or death.

Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis

The key to successful treatment of many diseases, including cancers, viruses, or other disorders, is early diagnosis. Doctors have a duty to explore all possible options and order tests or scans in order to figure out exactly what’s going on. When a doctor willfully ignores or disregards signs of a potentially serious problem and that problem turns out to be present, patients can hold the doctor accountable, particularly if the delay in diagnosis results in permanent life chances or even the condition becoming terminal.

Cerebral Palsy & Birth Injuries

Cerebral palsy is a condition that results from permanent brain injuries that affect an infant in the womb, during birth, or in the months following birth. Sadly, this condition is one of the most common birth injuries in the United States. Cerebral palsy patients are subject to limited motor skills, speech difficulties, and learning disabilities. When cerebral palsy occurs as the result of medical malpractice, the responsible party inflicting said injuries can be held legally responsible.

Chiropractic Malpractice

A chiropractor, like other health care professionals, is held to high standards, particularly as their practice relates to the spine and the spinal cord. When those standards are violated, an action for malpractice can be brought against the chiropractor. Chiropractic malpractice can when a chiropractor fails to diagnose a condition requiring immediate medical attention, or when damage results from chiropractic manipulation. Complications of chiropractic manipulation can result in cognitive or emotional dysfunction, paralysis, vertebral and rib fractures, vertebrobasilar stroke, disc herniation, permanent damage to the spinal cord, and potentially even death

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