We visit doctors and hospitals with the hope of healing whatever ails us. We trust doctors to perform the correct diagnosis, prescribe the appropriate treatment and put us on the road to recovery. However, there are times when medical professionals make mistakes when diagnosing or treating patients. This is called medical malpractice. Such errors that may have occurred due to incompetence or negligence can be devastating.
The Louisville medical malpractice attorneys at Thomas Law Offices use our extensive knowledge and experience to get to the bottom of your case and pursue justice and fair compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. You should not have to suffer as the result of someone else’s negligence or incompetence. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.
When a Mistake Becomes Malpractice
Medical negligence or medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor, nurse of some other medical professional who fails to provide proper health care treatment. There are a number of different types of medical malpractice that can have devastating consequences for patients:
- Misdiagnosis: When a doctor wrongfully diagnoses a condition or fails to diagnose a serious disease, the patient might miss opportunities for treatment that could have prevented serious harm or even death.
- Surgery errors: Several medical malpractice claims arise from errors that are made during surgery. Some of the mishaps that could occur during surgery include puncturing of internal organs, wrong-site surgery, leaving surgical instruments or sponges inside the patient’s body or fires during surgery.
- Birth injuries: Trauma during childbirth could cause serious birth injuries for the baby including brain injuries, broken bones and nerve damage. Such injuries are entirely preventable and are often caused by a physician’s or obstetrician’s negligence. Negligent prenatal care or lack of proper diagnosis of certain conditions could also lead to problems during or after childbirth.
- Medication errors: Medication errors harm millions in the United States each year. Medication errors could occur when the prescription is inaccurate or when the drug is improperly administered. One of the most common medication errors involves dosage, when a patient gets too little or too much of a drug.
- Anesthesia mistakes: Even a minor error or carelessness by an anesthesiologist could result in permanent injury such as brain damage. Anesthesia errors often made during surgery include improper dosage, failure to properly intubate patients and failing to monitor the patient.
Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Not all medical errors result in medical malpractice cases. For the claim to be successful, patients must show that the mistake caused them damage or further harm. For example, when a patient suffers brain damage due to an anesthesia error has suffered a catastrophic injury due to medical negligence. In order to file a medical malpractice case, the victim should have been harmed. The patient, also known as the plaintiff, must also prove that the injury or harm was caused directly by the medical professional’s negligence. Proving this element of causation is the most challenging aspect of a medical malpractice case. Expert witnesses are often needed to testify in such cases to convince jurors that the doctor or hospital’s negligence caused the patient’s injuries. Experts are also necessary to show that the standard of care that applies to the plaintiff’s case and how the at-fault parties breached that standard.
Getting the Help You Need
If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one due to medical negligence, it is important that you act quickly to protect your rights. There is a one-year statute of limitations in Kentucky for medical malpractice cases. This means that if you fail to file a claim within one year of being injured, you may not be able to receive fair compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other related damages.
The experienced Louisville medical malpractice attorneys at the Thomas Law Offices have an excellent track record of helping victims of medical negligence and their families. We understand the emotional and financial challenges you may be facing due to no fault of your own. You should not have to pay for someone else’s incompetence or carelessness. For more information about pursuing your legal rights, please contact us at (877) 955-7001 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.