Medical malpractice causes serious problems for anyone it affects. Disability, injury, and even wrongful death are some of the consequences that come from medical malpractice. On top of physical problems, these injuries can cause emotional and financial distress for victims and their families.
If you or your family has been hurt by medical malpractice or medical negligence, you deserve legal compensation to help you recover. Our experienced lawyers at The Cochran Firm Cleveland office will be with you every step of the way on your journey to justice.
To help you better understand the terms of building and filing a medical malpractice claim, we have provided the following information. We have also described how working with an experienced medical malpractice attorney will increase the success rate of your case.
Preventable injuries that typically stem from medical malpractice include birth injuries, cerebral palsy, cancer misdiagnosis, and paralysis.
What is Medical Malpractice?
What is the Difference Between Negligence and Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a segment of personal injury law where an individual can sue a responsible medical provider for damages caused by insufficient or harmful care. Damaging medical care can happen for a number of reasons. The most common reasons are usually negligence or malpractice.
While negligence and malpractice are almost interchangeable, the difference lies with the cause of intent. When patients are harmed unintentionally due to a treatment error, that is medical negligence. In contrast, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to provide proper care for the patient.
Medical Malpractice Claims and Lawsuits
Preventable medical errors are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine reports that more than 225,000 people die every year because of medical negligence. With that being said, medical complications may still occur by no fault of the provider or hospital.
In order to file a successful medical malpractice claim or lawsuit, there must be proof. Usually, proof of malpractice must show that a provider violated their duty of care. This evidence must also show reasonable causation between the malpractice and the patient’s injury.
As you manage any injuries or damages that came from medical malpractice, it can be difficult to think of filing a malpractice suit. However, the sooner you can begin organizing a claim, the better. Working with a personal injury attorney will help you uncover further evidence that can support your case.
Types of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
There are a few types of major errors that can happen during the process of anesthesia. Anesthesia malpractice could be mistakes and errors and the most common types of mistakes while administering anesthesia could be giving the wrong dosage of anesthesia, either too much or too little. Failing to monitor the patient properly, failing to recognize the complication if the patient is developing, accidentally or intentionally turning off alarms on the pulse oximeter which also measures the patient’s oxygen level in the blood. Medical malpractice can occur in many different ways and levels.
Emergency Rooms are frantic and stressful environments. The most life-saving actions are performed under unimaginable pressure. However, this pressure can also lead to errors and even medical malpractice.
The most common issues that result in emergency room errors include:
- Medication errors
- Misread test results
- Inaccurate tests
- Delayed or failed condition treatment
- Improper or contaminated blood transfusions
Failure to diagnose and or a misdiagnosis for illness or injury are the most common causes of medical malpractice lawsuits. Even though misdiagnosis does not always apply to medical malpractice, it can lead to serious health issues and even death.
Delayed diagnosis error is when the medical professional eventually finds the correct diagnosis after a long time. While the patient waits for the right diagnosis, they may undergo unnecessary treatment. Improper treatment can sometimes cause pain, suffering, and more costs. Patients that have been misdiagnosed or have a delayed diagnosis are often unaware that they have a right to file a lawsuit.
If you think you have been misdiagnosed, speak with one of our medical malpractice attorneys at The Cochran Firm Cleveland office.
- Wrongful or accidental nerve damage
- Incision mistakes
- Operating in the wrong area
- Leaving materials inside the body
- Accidental organ damage
These are only a few examples of complications that can occur during operation. Some surgeons and hospitals may have liability protections that prevent malpractice lawsuits for these damages. However, every case is different. If your case involves one of these complications, visit with one of our lawyers and we will help you evaluate your case.
Our Commitment to Medical Malpractice Victims
At The Cochran Firm, all of our highly-experienced attorneys are dedicated to providing quality legal representation to injured people and their families.
Our founder, Johnnie L Cochran Jr, dedicated his practice to defending the underdog. His passion was giving injured people get the compensation they deserved. We honor his legacy every day through our practice.
If you have been injured by medical malpractice, come visit The Cochran Firm in Cleveland, Ohio. We offer FREE consultations with no obligation. You don’t have to keep hurting. Together we can get you the financial compensation you need to recover from medical injuries.