Medical malpractice can happen from a simple accident, or it can be the result of neglect from the medical team. Do you know what classifies as medical malpractice?
When we need to seek medical attention for anything it can be scary. We are sick and hurting, we are not out best self. Our medical professionals are supposed to be there to care for us in every way possible. We need to remember they are human too and sometimes, unfortunately, errors are made.
Do you know the different types of medical malpractice?
- Emergency Room Errors
- Anesthesia Errors
- Spinal Injury
- Hospital Negligence
- Failure to Monitor
- Gastric Bypass Errors or related injuries
- Birth Injury or Defect
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
- Medication Errors
- Surgical Errors
- Faulty Medical Devices
- Brain Injury
- Nursing Neglect or Malpractice
- Failure to Diagnose
Depending on the extent of your injuries from the medical malpractice you sustained, you may be able to sue and get a financial settlement for your pain and suffering. This usually requires seeking advice from an attorney that specializes in this type of lawsuit. Every state and city has resources of these types of attorney's. If you are in Pittsburgh, (such as I am) Medical Malpractice Pittsburgh is a good first step.
Unfortunately, my family has suffered from two different types of malpractice cases. We chose not to take legal action in either case. The case for my mother could very well of gone that course, it left her paralyzed even more than she already was. The other case is always ongoing with medication for my husband.
My Mother's Case:
My mom suffers severe scoliosis and as she gets older it gets worse. Her legs would just randomly give out on her. As a child, she even had a Herrington rod placed in her spine to try and help. She has broken her ankle and wrist from severe falls. One time she fell down some steps and landed in a way that her neck was twisted. We rushed her to the hospital and the ER said nothing was wrong just some bruises. As time went by, she started to lose sensation in her arms and legs. We were afraid she would end up a paraplegic. We went to different specialists and finally found one that said her neck was BROKEN! It had been broken for so long it was compressing the nerves in her neck and down her back and legs. If it was found right away it could have been fixed properly. Unfortunately, the damage is too severe. Her neck is now fused together, she has a limited range of motion and is in a powered wheelchair. She needs help to do the most basic of things.
Unfortunately, she was also the victim of medical malpractice while in the hospital. A nurse rolled her over too far and DROPPED her on the floor when changing her. This required another surgery and more rehab. In all my mother spent almost 2 years in and out of the hospital or medical rehab facilities all because of the original ER visit. If they would have noticed her neck was broken, it would have been fixed immediately.
My Husband's Ongoing Case:
My husband has a heart condition and is Bipolar. He is also a cancer survivor. Obviously, he has a specialist for all the 3 this concerns. Our problem is no matter how many times I give them a list of his current medication, they never check to see if what they want to prescribe is safe. This is why I carry a medication list in my purse at all times. I question them on what they are giving him, why, and if it will interact with any of this other medication. THEN I do my own homework when I get home to see if they can be mixed. A few times I've come across a medication that has a list of conditions you should not have if you take this medication. It gets frustrating when I have to do their job. I will continue to do it though to keep my husband safe.
Hopefully, you or your family members ever have to deal with medical malpractice. If you do, remember to collect all of your evidence and seek legal representation like the medical malpractice Pittsburgh, or check in your own local area.