Although typically doctors and hospitals try to do the right thing when caring for their patients, sometimes mistakes or neglect happens. Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor, or other health care professional causes injury to a patient due to negligence or a failure to act according to acceptable standards of care.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer.
Types of medical malpractice claims vary considerably. Errors often occur when the healthcare providers do not adequately communicate with each other and/or with the patient.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can take many forms. Here are some examples of medical negligence that might lead to a lawsuit:
- Failure to recognize an illness or injury
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Unnecessary surgery
- Surgical errors or performing surgery on the wrong area
- Improper medication or dosage
- Poor follow-up or aftercare
- Premature discharge
- Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history
- Failure to order proper testing
- Failure to recognize symptoms
If you or a loved one suffered injury, abuse or even death while undergoing medical treatment, please call us. We may be able to help. We are sympathetic to your experience and can provide compassionate consultation regarding possible next steps for your family.
We will thoroughly investigate your case to determine if there were mistakes or neglect that led to your situation or loss of a loved one. We pursue medical malpractice lawsuits involving hospitals and medical providers, and we offer free investigations into these cases for individuals like you.
The Preuss | Foster Law is experienced, supportive and determined to provide brighter futures for those hurt by medical systems and providers that value profit over safety. Give us a call at 816-307-2788; the road to healing starts today.