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Doctor, nurses and other health care providers are required to practice up to a standard of care required of similar practitioners. Hospitals must also comply with a standard of care in providing treatment to patients. But statistics show that the number of errors made by health care providers in hospitals is often underestimated. And when the care provided does not meet the standard of care, patients can suffer injuries or even death. If you experienced an injury that was caused by a breach in the standard of care, you may have a case for medical negligence against your health care provider.
There are many different kinds of medical malpractice cases. One is a "failure to diagnose" case. It is common knowledge that an early diagnosis of any condition offers the best potential for recovery. Many malpractice cases are the result of a delayed diagnosis of cancer or other diseases. In some cases, health care providers misread medical test results or failed to appropriately follow up on test results or the patients' complaints. These mistakes can be detrimental to a patient's health, or even fatal.
Another devastating instance of medical malpractice can occur during the course of a pregnancy or around the time of delivery. Birth injury cases are particularly gut-wrenching because they often involve infants who will be severely disabled for the rest of their lives due to the wrongdoing of others. Some of the errors involved in these cases include failing to deliver the baby by cesarean section or failing to induce labor at the appropriate time. In other situations, the error is a failure to appropriately monitor and interpret the record of the fetal heart rate during delivery.
Medical malpractice may also have occurred if a surgery or medical procedure does not turn out the way you expected. Of course, there are certain risks associated with every medical procedure and a bad result does not necessarily mean that malpractice transpired. Still, unfavorable results following a medical procedure or surgery are often the result of malpractice.
Intra-operative malpractice is unique in that the patient is usually under anesthesia or sedated during the procedure and therefore cannot provide witness to the events that transpired. As a result, the ability to evaluate medical records and detect irregularities in those records is essential to pursuing these cases. Asking the right deposition questions of the nurses and doctors present during the surgery is also critical to prosecuting these cases.
As a lawyer since 1992 who has previously represented doctors and hospitals and as a former nurse, Ms. Johnson is uniquely qualified to represent you in a medical malpractice case. If you or a loved one has been injured while receiving care from a physician or at a hospital, contact the Law Office of Jennifer R. Johnson immediately for an evaluation of your potential claim. Be aware that there are very strict deadlines for when a patient can bring a medical malpractice case. Do not put off calling if you think there is a chance that you have a malpractice case.