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What Are The Different Types of Medical Malpractice Cases?

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Walner Law®

April 1, 2024

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Medical malpractice is a serious issue that can have devastating consequences for patients and their families. In Chicago, like in many other places, individuals seek medical care with the expectation of receiving competent treatment and care. However, when medical professionals fail to meet the standard of care expected of them, patients may suffer harm. Understanding the different types of medical malpractice cases is crucial for recognizing when legal action may be necessary.

Emergency Room Malpractice

Emergency rooms are fast-paced environments where medical staff must make quick decisions under pressure. Unfortunately, errors can occur due to overcrowding, understaffing, or miscommunication. Common examples of emergency room malpractice include misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, medication errors, and improper discharge. According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, diagnostic errors are the most common type of malpractice claim in emergency medicine.

Failure to Diagnose

Failure to diagnose is a significant issue in medical malpractice cases. When a healthcare provider fails to identify a patient’s medical condition in a timely manner, it can lead to delayed treatment and worsened outcomes. Conditions commonly missed or misdiagnosed include cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and infections. The consequences of a delayed or missed diagnosis can be severe, potentially resulting in permanent disability or death.

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors encompass a wide range of mistakes that occur before, during, or after surgery. These errors can include performing the wrong procedure, operating on the wrong body part, anesthesia errors, leaving surgical instruments or foreign objects inside the patient, and post-operative complications due to negligence. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, approximately 4,000 surgical errors occur each year in the United States.

Birth Injuries

Birth injuries occur when medical professionals fail to provide adequate care during labor and delivery, resulting in harm to the newborn or mother. Examples of birth injuries include cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, and facial paralysis. These injuries can have lifelong implications for the child and their family. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 28,000 birth injuries occur each year in the United States.

Medication Errors

Medication errors are among the most common types of medical malpractice. These errors can occur at any stage of the medication process, including prescribing, dispensing, and administering medications. Examples of medication errors include prescribing the wrong medication, incorrect dosage, drug interactions, and administration errors. According to the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, medication errors harm an estimated 1.5 million people annually in the United States.

At Walner Law in Chicago, we understand the profound impact that medical malpractice can have on individuals and their families. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys is dedicated to advocating for those who have been victimized by medical negligence. Here’s how we can help:

  1. Legal Expertise: Our attorneys specialize in medical malpractice cases and have a deep understanding of the complexities involved. We have the knowledge and resources to thoroughly investigate your case, gather evidence, and build a strong legal strategy on your behalf.
  2. Compassionate Support: We recognize that dealing with the aftermath of medical malpractice can be overwhelming and emotionally challenging. Our team provides compassionate support and guidance every step of the way, ensuring that you feel heard, understood, and supported throughout the legal process.
  3. Pursuing Compensation: If you’ve suffered harm due to medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We will fight aggressively to secure the maximum compensation you deserve, holding negligent parties accountable for their actions.
  4. Advocacy for Justice: At Walner Law, we are passionate about seeking justice for our clients. We believe that everyone deserves access to quality medical care and that those who have been harmed by medical negligence deserve to be heard and compensated fairly.
  5. Personalized Representation: We understand that every case is unique, and we tailor our approach to meet the individual needs and circumstances of each client. You can trust that your case will receive the personalized attention it deserves, and we will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

In conclusion, if you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, Walner Law is here to help. Remember to act fast, as the strongest medical malpractice cases are the ones that are able to be litigated shortly after the incident or misdiagnosis occurs. With our legal expertise, compassionate support, and dedication to justice, we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your case and learn more about how we can assist you in seeking justice.

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