Medical malpractice can be a traumatic experience for both patients and their loved ones. It doesn’t only impact trust in the healthcare system, either. Often, it leads to severe, life-changing injuries.
While there are many possible forms of medical malpractice, these are a handful of the most common examples.
Of all the injuries that happen as a result of medical malpractice, few feel more tragic than harm to a newborn. Delivery rooms should be completely safe, allowing mothers to bring their newborns into the world with the aid of experienced specialists. However, the reality is that not every delivery room doctor or obstetric staff maintains the high standard of care that families need and deserve. Such negligence can lead to irreparable damage, affecting the infant’s future and forever changing entire families.
Another deeply concerning area of medical malpractice involves errors during surgeries.
Examples can range from operating on the wrong body part to leaving surgical instruments inside patients. While surgery always involves some level of risk, these errors often result from avoidable behavior, like negligence, poor communication, or a lapse in judgment. They can cause physical harm, large medical bills, and emotional trauma for the patient.
Misdiagnosis, Delayed Diagnosis, or Failure to Diagnose
Timely and accurate diagnosis is the cornerstone of effective medical treatment. Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or outright failure to diagnose can have serious, life-changing consequences. Patients might undergo unnecessary treatments because of misdiagnosis or miss the window of effective treatment. In the worst cases — especially with diseases like cancer — a delay or failure to diagnose can make the condition terminal.
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Facing the fallout of medical malpractice can feel overwhelming. It’s vital to have experienced lawyers by your side.
With broad experience in medical malpractice cases, James H. Shoemaker, Jr. can help you through the intricacies of your legal case. By scheduling a consultation online or calling his office at 757-223-4580, start your path to justice today. Clients are welcome from Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., and other areas throughout the U.S.