Medical malpractice is a legal cause of action when a health care provider, like a doctor or a nurse, deviates from the accepted standard of care and causes harm to the patient. If you feel like when you go to the doctor, you’re not getting the attention you need, or that the doctor was rushed and barely gave you the time of day, or you suspect that you may have been misdiagnosed – you’re not alone. These things happen more often than you think. Just behind heart disease and cancer, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States, as researched by Johns Hopkins Medicine.
According to the Journal of Patient Safety, the leading types of medical malpractice in the United States are:
- Failure to Diagnose: This may include various types of cancer, meningitis, and other conditions that can prove deadly if not diagnosed quickly or correctly.
- Surgical Errors: From incorrect surgical sites to leaving instruments in the body, surgical errors injure and kill thousands yearly.
- Failure to Treat: Whether from misdiagnosis, inattention, or any other factor, when a doctor fails to provide treatment, serious complications can follow.
- Birth Injuries: These include cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, or any other injury a baby may incur during labor or delivery.
- Medication Errors: Overmedication, under-medication, administering the wrong type or dosage, and similar prescription drug errors pose a serious threat to many patients.
Scartelli Olszewski has been handling complex medical malpractice cases for nearly two decades and our success in winning these cases is well-known. If you or a loved one were the victim of any of these types of errors, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney. For a free consultation with our team, contact us today.