& BIRTHING INJURIES
Surgical Errors | Misdiagnoses | ER Errors
As a patient, it is your right to expect medical providers to deliver appropriate and professional treatment. Medical treatment should improve your medical condition. Errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, health management, or unreasonable delay in treatment causing new injuries or exacerbating previous conditions may result in serious injuries or even death. Patients and family members often face additional medical bills, time away from work, and associated emotional distress as a result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can happen in any medical field by physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, chiropractors, and occupational therapists.
Health care providers must provide a standard of care for their patients. Failure to meet the standard of care is the foundation for any medical malpractice case.
The Four D's of Medical Malpractice & Negligence
1) DUTY - Refers to the health care provider’s duty of care with respect to your treatment
2) DEVIATION - Physicians and healthcare providers who deviate from an accepted industry standard can be held liable for medical malpractice
3) DAMAGES - The deviation caused damages
4) DIRECT CAUSE - The deviation was the direct cause of the injuries
Nerve Damage | Broken Bones | Brain Damage | Traumatic Brain Injury
One form of medical malpractice that is especially devastating to families is preventable birthing injuries. Medical negligence or malpractice resulting in a preventable injury to the child before, during, or just after the birthing process can result in a birth injury or birth trauma. When a baby is hurt during the delivery process, their injuries can be permanent, affecting the child for years or even the rest of their life. Parents may need to pay for special care or rehabilitation for the baby, expenses which they never anticipated. Many of these injuries are preventable and you may be able to recover damages and expenses.