Are You or a Family Member Suffering Because of Medical Malpractice?
If you think you or a loved one are a victim of medical malpractice, contact Marko Law. These cases are almost always hard. If you want to prevail in your claim, it is critically important to consult with attorneys who have the necessary experience. The Westland Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Marko Law, have many years of experience taking on personal injury lawsuits. They are here to help determine if you have a case.
Lots of people have heard of medical malpractice. You may often associate it with very extreme errors in medical treatment. For example, performing an invasive surgical operation on the wrong patient. However, medical malpractice happens in many less extreme forms. Further, a Westland medical malpractice lawyer knows the outcomes can be just as harmful or even fatal.
What Are Typical Kinds of Medical Malpractice?
Preventable medical care errors can comprise a solid case for medical malpractice. These cases may result not just from a surgical mistake. It could be mistakes committed by nurses, physicians, and various other caregivers. Many of the most common medical malpractice cases come from the following types of mistakes:
This can take the form of:
- Using the wrong medication (from a physician’s prescription, from a mistake made by a pharmacist, or by being given to the wrong patient).
- Being prescribed a medication that causes serious adverse effects due to a known allergic reaction or by being combined with other medications.
- Being prescribed the wrong dose.
- Failing to prescribe a needed medication.
These are instances where a doctor fails to properly diagnose a problem, causing a delay in treatment. This can therefore lead to an injury that could have been prevented or minimized. This can also be a doctor failing to conduct essential or appropriate diagnostic tests or procedures, or misdiagnosing a problem.
This occurs when a patient under the care of a medical facility is not monitored adequately. The lack of supervision can result in a failure to give adequate and/or appropriate care.
A delay in treating a known condition leads to a more serious condition.
Failure to obtain informed consent
As it suggests, this involves injuries caused by procedures in which the care provider neglects to:
- Fully inform a patient of the likely or potential outcome of the procedure.
- Let the patient know the risks associated with a procedure.
- Neglects to obtain any consent at all.
Lack of sufficient training or skill or proper credentialing
This case arises when an individual sustains an injury from a medical procedure and the medical provider should not have been providing it because of lack of training or expertise.
Birth injuries and obstetric malpractice
This includes cases in which actions or lack of actions during delivery cause long-term injury to the child or mother.
These cases include injuries because of a surgeon that took unnecessary or incorrect measures which caused injury. Or, if there is a failure to conduct the procedure with the care or skill sufficient to satisfy appropriate standards.
A lot of medical procedures rely upon the proper functioning of medical equipment. Failures of equipment due to poor maintenance, calibration, or operation can cause serious injuries. These are injuries that would not occur when equipment is working properly.
Insufficient monitoring or follow-up treatment
A lot of potential complications or negative effects from a treatment or procedure– even if done correctly– may not show up until later. A case for inadequate surveillance arises when medical professionals neglect to look for known potential negative effects or consequences.
Lack of teamwork or communication
Frequently, patients are under the care of many providers. They could be treated with primary care doctors, specialists, nurse practitioners, etc. Even in the operating room, teams of surgeons and nurses are all responsible for different parts of patient care. If there is a failure to communicate a vital piece of information between the numerous professionals in the course of care, significant injuries can develop. For example, a doctor who fails to note a medication allergy to a nurse who does not report a patient in distress.
Contact a medical malpractice attorney in Westland if you believe any of the above is the source of a severe injury or fatality.
How to Make a Claim for Westland Medical Malpractice?
As detailed above, medical malpractice can take several forms. At the same time, medical malpractice constitutes a particular kind of negligence case. In medical malpractice suits, a claimant alleges that a healthcare provider– which can consist of not just physicians and surgeons, but dentists, therapists, nurses, or people working under the supervision of these professionals– either acted or failed to act in a way that fell below the accepted standard of practice or care in the applicable medical community. Further, this act or omission results in the injury or fatality of the patient.
However, even when an individual has sustained a severe injury as a result of a medical procedure, proving that you have a legitimate malpractice claim is not an easy task. Medicine is not a perfect science. Even when everything is done right, things can go wrong.
The majority of medical malpractice cases, over 95%, resolve before they go to court. In a number of these claims, the parties settle. For instance, when the doctor or medical facility believes that the claim for negligence is fairly clear.
However, in over half of the cases on file, the defendants will have the ability to dismiss a case for one reason or another. One challenge is that nearly all of the proof lies in the hands and minds of the doctors and hospitals who are defending the cases. Lastly, for those medical malpractice claims that do go to trial, plaintiffs win only about one-third of the time.
Should You Get In Touch with a Westland Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
If you sustain injuries because of poor or faulty care, or somebody you love has serious injuries or dies because of the errors of a medical professional, reach out to Marko Law for a free consultation. Call (313) 777-7LAW, or simply use our online case evaluation form right here on this website. Don’t forget, at Marko Law, you pay no attorney’s fee unless you win your case.