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Most people who take prescription medication, undergo surgeries, or even go in for yearly wellness checkups don’t have a strong understanding of what goes on behind the scenes in the hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and dentist’s offices where they receive care. Although they may be aware that there are certain ways to appropriately diagnose and treat the issues that come up, it’s not always clear to the patient what those “best practices” are or how they might affect their health. In fact, most people don’t even think about it at all and trust that their care providers are doing the right thing—until something goes wrong.
A Doctor’s or Pharmacist’s Mistake Can Have Disastrous Consequences for Patients and Their Families
Although most people trust the professionals who care for them, it only takes one mistake in a care environment to change a patient’s life. The injuries and complications that result from medical malpractice can be disabling, long-lasting, or even fatal. Patients who go in for procedures or take the medication prescribed to them expect to feel better, but medical mistakes mean that some of those patients leave a doctor’s care in worse condition than when they started. If this has happened to you and your family, it’s time to start asking some difficult questions.
While the law allows people affected to seek financial compensation and accountability for the mistakes of hospitals and care providers, it can be surprisingly difficult to do so successfully—no matter how “clear cut” a case may seem in the eyes of the victim. In some cases, victims may not even be certain that a mistake was made at all, or they may be concerned about blaming a doctor they had previously trusted with their care. Despite these concerns, it is crucial to get help if you’ve been seriously hurt while receiving medical care.
Fortunately, there is somewhere you can get the answers you need without risk.
If you have any suspicion that a serious injury or the death of a loved one was caused by medical malpractice, don’t wait any longer to get help. The Chicago personal injury law firm of Lane & Lane, LLC, focuses on all types of medical malpractice lawsuits, and we offer a free, informative case review that is confidential and puts you under no obligation.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice
Doctors, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and many other care providers play an important part in patient care. While most of these care providers and the facilities they work for do their best to care for their patients, the sheer number of people, practices, and paperwork involved can create many openings for potential mistakes that affect a patient’s health. The phrase “medical malpractice” covers a wide variety of negligence that can happen while a patient is under care, which might include:
- Medication errors. A doctor or nurse who administers a drug in the improper dosage can put a patient’s life at risk. The same applies if an overworked technician accidentally uses the wrong drug or fails to check for interactions, resulting in death or serious injury. When incorrect medications or dosages are given to patients, serious or fatal injuries can occur.
- Errors in diagnosis. If your physician treats you for the wrong disease or makes a mistaken diagnosis—and if you are harmed as a result—you may have grounds to claim medical malpractice. This may also apply if a care provider failed to order appropriate testing or failed to accurately read the results of that testing.
- Surgical errors. Patients are very vulnerable when they undergo surgery, but they assume they are in good hands. However, when surgeons make poor choices or overlook basic surgical safety practices, they can put patients’ lives at risk.
- Birth injuries. If a hospital staff is not properly trained to deal with abnormal deliveries or deliveries with complications, a newborn infant can potentially incur life-altering brain injuries, such as paralysis or cerebral palsy. If it can be shown that a doctor or nurse was at fault, you may have grounds for a malpractice claim.
- Insufficient or overly aggressive treatment. There are widely agreed-upon protocols for dealing with serious, long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. A doctor who doesn’t take sufficient steps for treatment, or who treats a disease too aggressively, may cause harm to the patient.
- Emergency room errors. ER staff necessarily resort to a “triage” system: the most seriously ill patients are attended to first, and all others have no choice but to wait. If an emergency room employee gives you or a loved one a quick “once-over” and incorrectly determines that your condition is not sufficiently serious, or if ER staff members make another mistake in care, you may have grounds for a claim if there is a detrimental result.
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Medical malpractice lawsuits are relatively notoriously easy to file, but they can also be notoriously difficult to win. It is up to you to show that the injury, disability, or death that occurred was directly attributable to the errors or omissions of a doctor, nurse, or medical staff member.
At Lane & Lane, we have a reputation for winning medical malpractice cases, and we have the experience and resources to pursue your case from beginning to end. If you need help, call us today at 888-484-9881 for a completely free and confidential consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
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