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Understanding the Different Forms of Medical Malpractice

Understanding the Different Forms of Medical Malpractice

Medical professionals. We trust them to provide us with an accurate assessment of our current health conditions, as well as perform procedures that help in the treatment of said condition. Unfortunately, there are times you may encounter significant issues within a medical facility, and these errors can lead to long-term harm.

As a patient, it’s vital for you to recognize what problems may arise and your rights when they do. Under personal injury law, neglect on behalf of a doctor is referred to as medical malpractice, and it can occur in numerous different ways. Our team explains some of the main forms of medical malpractice, so you have a better idea of what to look for as a patient.

If you suffer harm as a result of medical negligence, contact our firm today at (304) 605-2040 to discover your rights and options.

Birth Injuries

During what should be the most exciting time of your life, doctors can make mistakes and errors that can lead to you or your baby suffering significant harm. Birth injuries can include cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and more. Mothers may also suffer maternal injuries, such as vaginal tears, high blood pressure, infections, and more.

Birth injuries are often some of the most difficult to endure because they involve your child suffering harm, but they also come with long-term damages. In many situations involving birth injuries, babies experience the following problems:

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Physical injuries
  • Developmental delays
  • Sensory problems

If your baby suffers a birth injury, it can occur during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or postnatal care.

Surgical Errors

Surgery often involves routine procedures that doctors perform quite often. There are, however, some specialized surgeries that may require additional care and experience. In any case, a surgical error can lead to significant harm.

Surgical errors can often include the following:

  • The doctor performing surgery on the wrong part of your body
  • The doctor performing surgery on the wrong person
  • The doctor leaving objects inside you upon completion of the surgery

Surgery errors can arise because of inexperience, distractions, miscommunication, misdiagnosis, and more.

Misdiagnosis

Any time you visit your primary care provider, urgent care, or the emergency room because of an injury or medical condition, you expect them to diagnose you properly and accurately. They must administer tests that coincide with the condition they believe to exist. However, with many symptoms overlapping in multiple medical conditions, there leaves plenty of room for mistakes to occur.

The biggest issue when misdiagnosis occurs involves the treatment you receive. Misdiagnosis can lead to you either receiving treatment you don’t need or not receiving vital treatment that can help your condition. For terminal diseases like cancer, a misdiagnosis means the condition can worsen into the later stages, reaching the point of no treatment working.

Experiencing any kind of medical malpractice can be very difficult. Suffering harm at the hands of someone you are expected to trust can cause significant mental trauma and physical injuries. Our West Virginia medical malpractice attorneys are here to help you.

At Berthold Law Firm, PLLC, we’re well aware of how doctors can make mistakes. We also want to help you safeguard your rights and ability to take legal action against negligent medical professionals. We’ll be there to stand in your corner and help you voice your rights. Our top priority is helping you understand your rights every step of the way.

Call our firm today at (304) 605-2040 and we’ll help you understand your rights to pursue compensation. We offer free consultations so you can get a better idea of what to expect throughout the process and have the peace of mind you deserve.

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