You trust your nurses, doctors, or surgeons to provide you with the best possible care when you’re sick or injured. All healthcare professionals, regardless of their training or level of expertise, make mistakes from time to time. But when medical mistakes are caused by negligence, patients may have legal rights to compensation for their damages.
Healthcare providers are held to high standards due to the impact their work has on the lives of other people. They are supposed to follow a rigorous system of documentation and double-check their work. When healthcare providers fail to do that, patients can suffer serious injuries or health complications.
Four common types of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical mistakes – Damaging nerves, uncontrollable bleeding, leaving foreign objects inside patients’ bodies, and operating on the wrong body part or patient are devastating surgical errors.
- Misdiagnosis – Fast and accurate diagnosis is essential for helping patients recover from illnesses. When physicians fail to make a correct diagnosis, proper treatment is delayed.
- Medication mistakes – Whether the medication is administered in a clinic or prescribed and taken at home, giving a patient the wrong medication or a dose that’s too large or too small can be extremely harmful.
- Pregnancy or childbirth mistakes – Women and their unborn children can be seriously harmed if doctors make mistakes during any stage of pregnancy or birth.
Have you or a loved one been injured or had your health compromised by a negligent healthcare professional? If so, the Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart & Stewart want to speak with you. It’s our goal to help families like yours get the compensation they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.