Medical Mistakes, Illness, Injuries, And Fatalities
When people go to the hospital or prepare for a medical procedure, they are doing so assuming their lives will be improved or saved. But there are situations where medical mistakes are made, leading to illness and loss of life. Medical errors are a leading cause of death in the U.S., only cancer and heart disease claim more lives.
There are legal protections in place for individuals who are victims of medical errors and their families. If you or someone you care about was injured by a medical professional, discuss your options moving forward with a Delray Beach personal injury attorney.
Reasons Range from Miscommunication to Judgment Errors
Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers go into the field of medicine because they want to help patients, they take oaths to protect patients from harm. But there are times when reckless behavior and negligence leads to a vulnerable person losing their lives or finding themselves in need of long-term care.
In busy hospitals and nursing facilities, medical mistakes can occur in a variety of ways, including the following:
- Miscommunication between staff members and healthcare providers
- Staff is not trained properly
- Patient is treated for the wrong illness
- Equipment not maintained or is inadequate
- Surgical tools left in a person’s body
- Health issue that should be diagnosed correctly was not
- Medication labeled incorrectly or wrong dose administered
As anyone who has dealt with a health issue can attest, clear communication is essential. Written treatment plans and verbal advice are part of a person’s path to healing. But if there is staff that is not familiar with how information is shared or there is another communication breakdown, a patient may receive the wrong care, leading to further health concerns.
An Experienced Florida Attorney Can Guide You Through the Medical Claim Process
A skilled medical malpractice attorney can build a successful claim for you and your family. Going through the process on your own can be confusing, particularly because health issues often require the care of multiple providers and an injury or illness could be connected to more than one error.
For example, if a medication error has caused harm, it will need to be determined if a doctor prescribed the wrong medication, if the pharmacist mislabeled the medication, or both. It is also possible the doctor sent the order to the pharmacist with the wrong dosage. Life-threatening health issues are possible when drug interactions occur. To have the details of your medical error case assessed, connect with a Delray Beach personal injury attorney.
Are you unsure what to do following a medical mistake? Compensation could be possible if a communication error or prescription mistake led to illness or injury in your family. Talk over the details of your case with the attorneys at Earnhart Law. Our skilled lawyers have been providing clients with knowledgeable legal representation in personal injury cases for over 30 years. We don’t get paid until you do. Call our office at 561-265-2220 or contact us online to learn what is possible given the details of your unique situation.