Philadelphia Malpractice Attorneys
According to a study published in The Journal of Patient Safety: “a lower limit of 210,000 deaths per year was associated with preventable harm in hospitals.” However, due to the “incompleteness” of medical records and known tendency for hospitals not to report errors, this number is estimated to be as high as 400,000 deaths per year. This places the area of medical malpractice or negligence as one of the leading causes of death in the United States, behind cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, contact our Philadelphia malpractice attorneys or read on to find out what you should know about malpractice and how much you could recover in claim for damages.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse, hospital, rehab facility, or other health care provider acts below the standard of care expected and, as a result, causes harm to a patient to whom they owed a duty of care. The negligence can occur through the action of the medical professional or through their failure to act. Medical malpractice might be the result of diagnosis errors, medical treatment, health management, or aftercare treatment, and in some cases there may be multiple parties responsible for the malpractice.
Types of Medical Malpractice
There are many different types of medical malpractice, but the majority of claims can be categorized as:
A hospital’s failure to see patients in a timely manner is especially harmful if the patient is suffering from a condition that requires immediate attention such as stroke, heart attack, internal bleeding, etc. Hospital negligence can also come from errors that include but are not limited to:
- Improperly read or act on diagnostic testing and imaging
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to treat
- Improper treatments
One of the most common forms of medical malpractice and a leading cause of death, a prescription medication error comes in many forms. The most common is the failure of a hospital to administer the proper medication and dosage in the allowable timeframe. Prescription errors also occur when there is incorrect dosing, failure to recognize drug interactions, premature discontinuation of prescription medication treatment, and failure to obtain patient’s medical history – including drug allergies.
When errors occur during surgery as the result of negligence or improper preparation, patients can pay a high price in the form of serious and permanent injuries or even death.
An anesthesia error is one of the most common surgical errors. This occurs when anesthesiologists improperly administer anesthetic drugs, fail to obtain a full medical history, fail to monitor the patient properly during surgery, or fail to follow up.
Failure to Warn
Health care professions must advise their patients as to the known risks and benefits of medical treatment. Failing to fully advise a patient of the risks and allowing them to make an educated decision regarding their medical treatment, may be considered malpractice and, if an injury results, can be the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Patients living in assisted care facilities can be subjected to various forms of mistreatment due to their inability to physically and/or mentally defend themselves.
Patients being treated in hospitals and nursing homes can be subject to physical, emotional, and financial abuse by the very people charged and entrusted with their care.
When medical malpractice causes a preventable death, the family of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim.
Philadelphia Malpractice Attorneys
If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice in Philadelphia, contact the experienced Pennsylvania personal injury law firm of Lopez McHugh as soon as possible for a free and confidential consultation. Time limitations apply to your potential medical malpractice lawsuits, so do not delay in contacting our Philadelphia malpractice attorneys for help.