Medical Injury Attorneys Serving Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa and all of Arizona
Medical Malpractice—mistakes made by doctors, nurses, hospital staff, pharmacists and other health care professionals—cause death and injury to close to 125,000 people during 2011 costing over $3.5 billion in medical malpractice payouts throughout the United States, 12,300 claims were settled in 2011 according to Diederich Healthcare, a comprehensive medical malpractice insurance company. It is a sad situation when more Americans die as a result of medical malpractice than from diseases such as breast cancer (39,520 in 2011 ) or HIV/AIDS (17,000 in 2007). It is even worse that fewer Americans or their families are justly compensated for their losses. Often the obstacle between claim and success is the experience of the legal team representing the person who has suffered a medical malpractice injury.
Medical Malpractice Injuries
In Arizona, an injured patient can file a medical malpractice action against anyone who is a licensed healthcare provider. This includes doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, counselors, psychologists and psychotherapists. So whether your injury involves surgical error or a serious misdiagnosis, you may be able to pursue a claim of medical malpractice. Claims aren’t limited to injuries in the operating room!
If any of the following applies to you, you may need the assistance of an Arizona medical malpractice attorney.
- Your diagnosis or proper treatment was delayed.
- Misdiagnosis or improper treatment of your medical condition.
- Your informed consent to undergo an operation was not secured.
- A surgical error occurred during your operation.
- A medical device or implant was misused.
- A medication was prescribed which caused serious harm or death (to an adult, child or unborn child ).
- The wrong medication was prescribed leading to complications.
- Appropriate measures to ensure the birth of a healthy child weren’t followed.
These are just some of the injuries which may occur. Sometimes, the injuries caused by a medical procedure or medication don’t appear for some time.
Medical Malpractice through Delay of Appropriate Treatment
Are you aware that injuries may be caused by a delay in appropriate treatment? For example, delay in diagnosing appendicitis could lead to life-threatening complications. Delay in diagnosing diabetes could lead to heart attack, stroke, permanent nerve damage or loss of vision. Failure to recognize the signs of atherosclerosis could lead to a fatal heart attack or stroke.
Medical Malpractice through Misdiagnosis
Misdiagnosis is an additional medical malpractice concern. Misdiagnosing symptoms could lead to a number of problems—the prescription of medications which cause other health problems, inappropriate treatment modalities, unnecessary surgery, worsening health, etc.
Medical Malpractice Due to Surgical Error
Once an error occurs, it often requires additional surgeries to repair the problem. This places you at additional risk. Even if the error is caught during surgery, life changing consequences may be involved. For example, a perforation in the bowel could lead to sepsis (a severe, life threatening infection). Even if you don’t die from septic shock, your life will be impacted for some time.
Medical Malpractice Due to Anesthesia Error
At every stage of a surgery, anesthesia must be monitored very carefully. Record of any allergies must be considered, as well as patient sensitivity to medications. Adequate oxygen supplies must be on hand.
Medical Malpractice during Childbirth
The common use of Pitocin to induce labor can lead to complications, especially if a prolapsed umbilical cord is present. There are recognized signs when a baby is in distress—reduced heart rate or accelerated heart rate being the most important, with the presence of thick meconium in the amniotic fluid adding additional concern. Failure to perform a cesarean in a timely manner could be medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice in Providing Long-term Care
Follow-up care can be as important as diagnosis and initial treatment. Failure to ensure that treatment is delivering the benefits expected may be negligence.
You have the right to expect the medical professionals who provide your health care to meet the level of excellence in care required within their profession. If you feel that your health care provider has deviated from that standard, and you have suffered an injury (or a loved one has been injured), call our Arizona medical malpractice lawyers now at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or SUBMIT A SHORT AND SIMPLE CASE FORM HERE. If a mistake was made, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For more information about an Arizona personal injury attorney at Goldberg & Osborne, email us now.
Our medical malpractice lawyers serve: Phoenix, Mesa, Tucson, Chandler, Glendale and all of Arizona.