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Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Injuries, treatments and diagnosis

Today’s topic written by David Michael , an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Phoenix at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law, talks about Medical Malpractice.  When hospital staff, nurses, physicians, health care professionals and pharmacists commit medical malpractice, the errors they make result in average annual deaths of 400,000 people in the U.S. The average number who suffer other types of harm because of medical malpractice is estimated to be around 10 to 20 times greater than the number of early deaths that happen, according to a study reported in the Journal of Patient Safety (Sept. 2013 edition). According to comprehensive medical malpractice insurance carrier, Diederich Healthcare, nearly $3.9 billion was paid out to victims in medical malpractice insurance cases across the country in 2014. By contrast, an estimated 39,620 patients succumbed to breast cancer, according to figures released by the American Cancer Society. When medical malpractice deaths are compared with death rates for such diseases, it illustrates the sad state of medical care in the nation. To make matters even worse, few victims or their families receive the fair compensation they deserve for their losses. One of the driving factors of the success of a medical malpractice claim is the degree of experience the legal team has that is providing representation to their client who has suffered from an injury caused by medical malpractice.

Medical Malpractice Injuries

Injured Arizona patients have the ability to file medical malpractice lawsuits against any licensed health care provider responsible for their injury. This may include physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, counselors and psychotherapists. You may be able to file a medical malpractice claim whether your injury resulted from diagnostic errors or surgical errors, and malpractice may occur in many settings other than just operating rooms.

You may need the help of an Arizona medical malpractice attorney if any of the following applies to your situation:

  • You experienced a delay in treatment or proper diagnosis
  • Your condition was misdiagnosed or you were provided with inappropriate treatment for your condition
  • The staff did not obtain your informed consent prior to operating on you
  • One of the surgical team members made a surgical error during your operation
  • A medical implant or device was used improperly
  • A prescribed medication caused serious injury or death to an unborn child, a child or an adult
  • You were prescribed the wrong medication, which led to serious harm
  • Medical staff failed to implement and follow appropriate protocols to make sure the birth of a healthy child

This listing provides just some of the problems that can occur and result in injuries. In some cases, medical malpractice injuries may not appear until some time has passed.

Medical Malpractice and Delays of Proper Treatment

Are you aware that when proper treatment is delayed, injuries may occur as a result of the delay? An example may be a delay in the diagnosis of diabetes resulting in a heart attack, blindness, permanent nerve damage or a stroke.   Similarly, a delay in the diagnosis of appendicitis can result in the person’s suffering from life-threatening complications. When the symptoms of atherosclerosis are not recognized by a doctor, the person could suffer from a fatal stroke or a heart attack.

Medical Malpractice and Misdiagnosis

Another major concern is a misdiagnosis. When a doctor misdiagnoses their patient’s symptoms, any number of problems can occur. The patient may be prescribed the wrong medicines, which in turn lead to other health conditions. They may also suffer because of receiving such things as the wrong treatments or unneeded surgeries, and they may experience worsening health.

Medical Malpractice and Surgical Errors

When a surgical error happens, the patient will often need to undergo additional surgeries to fix the problem, placing them at more risk. Even if the surgical error is caught while the operation is still being performed, the patient may still face life-threatening consequences. An example could include a bowel perforated during your surgery leading to you suffering from sepsis. Even when a person survives septic shock, they will suffer from additional negative consequences for some time following the problem.

Medical Malpractice and Anesthesia Error

Anesthesia used for surgery must be monitored at every stage of the operation. Anesthesiologists and medical staff must carefully consider records of the patient’s allergies and sensitivity to any medications. They should also always have adequate oxygen supplies available in case a negative reaction occurs.

Medical Malpractice and Childbirth

Pitocin, the medication that is commonly administered for the purpose of inducing labor, can lead to serious complications, especially if the baby has a prolapsed umbilical cord. When a baby is in distress, they show recognizable signs, such as accelerated or reduced heart rates and the presence of meconium in the amniotic fluid. If signs of distress are not recognized and a cesarean is not timely performed, it could be a basis for a medical malpractice claim.

Medical Malpractice and the Provision of Long-term Care

After treatment, it is just as important for medical professionals to provide adequate follow-up care. Failing to engage in follow-up care to make certain the treatment is working may amount to medical negligence. When you meet with medical professionals, you have the right to trust that they will provide the type of care that meets their required professional standards of excellence. If you instead believe that your health care professional has committed medical malpractice that resulted in an injury to you or a loved one, contact an Arizona medical malpractice attorney by calling (602) 691-7278. If a medical error was made, you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice and be entitled to compensation. For additional information about the personal injury attorneys at Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law, call (602) 691-7278 or visit our website now at


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