When you are ill, you always look up to the doctor for your relief and cure. However, when instead of being well, your condition is aggravated because of the doctor’s negligence. You can be compensated for such. Three common cases involving medical malpractice are: birth injuries, surgery and consultation and hospital confinement.
When you or family members become ill, you go to a doctor. Your trust is on this person because you know that he can help you. However, when the opposite turns out to be the case, you are caught in a dilemma as to who else can help you. Yours can be a case of medical negligence.
Medical malpractice is abominable. It is just too tragic that a lot of people in the United States and even around the globe die due to errors committed by doctors. They die and some suffer injuries, disabilities and other complications. Three of the most common cases of medical malpractice happen during childbirth, surgery and mere hospital confinement or consultation with the physician.
-Birth injuries and medical malpractice
Birth injuries can be on the baby as well as on the mother. The baby may sustain the injury while he or she is still in the womb of the mother. Or the baby may sustain the impairment during labor or delivery. There are injuries that are unavoidable and are not the fault of the attending physician. This will not constitute medical malpractice. However, when the damage is inflicted due to the error of the doctor, then, the doctor can be guilty of medical negligence. You can sue the doctor for this.
While a child is being born, there may be different causes of errors. One instance is the wrong drug administered by the doctor that had cause deformities and illness on the baby. Wrong use of forceps for breech birth may also be one of the cases. There are times when a doctor failed to deliver the baby through Caesarean when it is called for to prevent damages to the baby. The pulling of the baby out of the womb during normal delivery may have resulted to damage on the shoulder or neck and this will then constitute a malpractice. Common effect on the child is paralysis which is permanent damage to the baby.
-Negligence during surgery
During surgery, either of two individuals can be culpable. These are the surgeon and the anesthesiologist. When the surgeon commits error during the operation and also after operation which had led to injuries on the person operated on, the surgeon is liable to this offense. The anesthesiologist also has a big effect on the condition of the patient. When wrong drug or drug dosage is used by the anesthesiologist, the patient can suffer injuries. When the said reaction causes major injury, the anesthesiologist can be charged with the offense. There had been many cases of death arising from the culpability of the anesthesiologist and surgeon.
-Negligence during consultation and hospital confinement
When a patient was not given the right medication or was not treated immediately which led to worsening of the medical condition, the doctor can be charged with malpractice. Another case is worse condition because the doctor failed to diagnose the exact illness and wrong medication was given.