Dallas Law Firm | Errors Could Result in Medical Malpractice Award
Medical errors occur more often than many people believe, and these errors are not always when a doctor fails to provide adequate care. In cases where a doctor or medical provider’s care was negligent or incompetent, and their care harmed a patient in some way may make that patient eligible for a medical malpractice award. However, understanding what constitutes medical malpractice is difficult, which is why choosing a Dallas law firm is the best way to know if the injuries suffered by a patient qualify as malpractice. Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis For many patients the diagnosis of cancer is devastating, and treatment of the disease can be crippling, disfiguring, or worse. In cases where a doctor has erroneously diagnosed a patient with cancer, extensive treatment such as chemotherapy, radiation or radical surgery could have lasting effects not only on the patient, but on the family as well. Conversely, patients who have cancer that a doctor misdiagnoses as a less serious illness could delay treatment, causing the cancer to spread, making treatment less effective when it does begin. For both of these diagnoses, a patient could have a medical malpractice case if evidence shows that the error was due to negligence or incompetence. Injuries During Childbirth Many injuries that occur during childbirth could be the result of medical malpractice, including brain injuries like cerebral palsy. The injury could be the result of negligent prenatal care, such as failing to diagnose preeclampsia, rH incompatibility, anemia or gestational diabetes, as well as failure to identify ectopic pregnancy or a disease that could cause injury to the infant. During childbirth, a doctor may fail to anticipate complications due to a baby’s size, ignore signs of fetal distress, or cause injury to the child using forceps or vacuum extractors. If a child is injured as the result of any of these errors, the family may be eligible for a medical malpractice award. Drug Errors A doctor who prescribes an incorrect dosage of prescription medication, or who prescribes a medication the patient is allergic to despite being told of the allergy may also be guilty of medical malpractice. In addition, anesthesia errors, such as incorrectly administering drugs used during surgery, or not explaining all the risks of anesthesia to a patient may be medical malpractice. Not only are anesthesia errors sometimes due to medical malpractice, but mistakes made in the operating room itself could also result in a medical malpractice case. When a medical error is suspected, a medical malpractice claim may be warranted. Contact Dallas-Fort Worth lawyers at Frenkel & Frenkel to schedule a free initial consultation regarding medical errors that have led to injury or death.