Baltimore MD Medical Mistake
Despite what you see on TV, medical errors are unfortunately common. They can have long lasting consequences and leave you feeling emotionally traumatized. It may even have resulted in you losing income or being unable to work. If you have been the victim of a medical mistake in Baltimore, MD, you should consider hiring an attorney to represent you. An attorney will know what legal strategies to use to create a strong case, which often results in larger settlements for the client than if the client has tried to represent themselves. Call our staff at Cohen & Cohen today to set up a free consultation with no obligations. We can help you determine whether you have a case, and if it is worth pursuing.
What is Considered Medical Malpractice?
What falls under medical malpractice is wide ranging. Whenever a provider fails to meet the standard of care and it results in harm to the patient, medical malpractice has taken place. Some common forms of medical malpractice include:
Misdiagnosis | When a doctor is delayed in or fails to properly diagnose a patient causing them harm, it is considered a misdiagnosis. The outcome may be that the patient received treatment that wasn’t appropriate for their condition and caused them harm or that they didn’t receive the treatment they needed to recover.
Surgical Errors | The way that the medical system is set up today is profit driven, which often isn’t in the patients best interest. In the surgical realm, this can lead to surgeons rushing through procedures, trying to take shortcuts, and other issues. It can result in a surgeon operating on the incorrect body part, performing the wrong procedure, or providing other inadequate patient care.
Anesthesia Errors | Anesthesia is used to keep patients safe during procedures and surgeries, but it isn’t without risk. Common errors with anesthesia include not properly assessing the patient’s history prior to the procedure, providing too large or too little dosage, and not adequately monitoring the patient’s vitals while under anesthesia. In serious cases patients can experience brain damage, become partially or fully paralyzed, or even die.
Childbirth Injuries | For a developed country, the United States has a very high incidence of injury and mortality associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Malpractice can take place at any time from pregnancy to childbirth. The mother, child or both may be harmed as a result of a provider’s actions.
Medication Errors | Medication errors are one of the most common forms of malpractice and they can happen in a variety of settings. A doctor can fail to properly screen the prescriptions a patient is currently using leading to a bad drug interaction. A nurse may provide the wrong type of medication for a patient receiving chemotherapy. Or, a pharmacist might provide a medication dose that is too small and doesn’t treat the patient’s symptoms.
Dental Mistakes | Mistakes aren’t just limited to the realm of hospitals. Dentists can also make serious mistakes that result in damages. A dentist can miss a diagnosis, fail to properly treat their patient’s condition, or perform a procedure on the wrong part of the mouth.
Any medical mistake can result in harm to the patient. If you think you think you suffered damages as a result of a provider, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our staff at Cohen & Cohen now to learn if you have a case worth bringing to court.