Most of the time when you seek out medical advice and treatment, things go well. Unfortunately, sometimes a procedure does not go as planned and medical malpractice occurs. Patients can be misdiagnosed, medications can be given to the wrong patient in the wrong amount, and the wrong pills may be given to the hospital by the pharmaceutical company. Physicians can improperly diagnose ailments such as heart disease or cancer, or they may provide negligent post-operative care. An infant may suffer injury during the birthing process.
In all of these cases, you may be able to bring an action against the party or parties who caused your injury. Medical malpractice cases are difficult to prove and require the gathering of large amounts of evidence as well as expert testimony. Medical malpractice firms take cases on a contingency basis, which means they do not charge victims a penny in attorney fees until they recover for them.
Some types of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Birth injury
- Improper brain surgery
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Negligent post-operative care
- Back and spine injury
- Colon perforation in colonoscopy
- Gastro-intestinal injury
- Anesthesia error
- Surgeon error
- Missed diagnoses
- Delayed diagnosis
- Lack of informed consent
- Surgical injuries
- Obstetric/labor and delivery surgical injuries
- Orthopedic surgery injuries such as botched knee or hip surgeries
- Improperly dispensed, prescribed, dosage, or filled medication
- Patient neglect in nursing homes
- Negligence in administering CAT scans
Remember, you only have a limited amount of time to file a malpractice claim before the statute of limitations runs out. Seek legal guidance immediately.
Dr. Michael M. Wilson is an attorney and a physician who earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his legal and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He has focused in the area of medical malpractice for more than three decades and secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients throughout the country. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is listed in America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.