Marylanders visit doctors and other health care professionals to get expert care for illnesses and injuries. Sometimes, however, these professionals provide substandard care. Thankfully, in many instances, Maryland law provides a way for patients to be compensated for pain, medical expenses, lost income and more, when their health care professionals provide this kind of care.
So, if you or someone you love was the subject of any of the five prevalent types of medical malpractice that are listed below, you might want to discuss seeking legal action.
One of the most severe forms of medical malpractice deals with newborns and mothers. Birth injuries can occur due to complications associated with pregnancy, labor, delivery or the post-birth period.
Mothers’ common injuries include:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Preeclampsia or eclampsia
- Vaginal tears or lacerations
- Mental injuries (e.g. depression, post-traumatic stress disorder)
Problems frequently experienced by children with birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy
- Nerve damage
- Skull damage
- Brain damage
- Future learning disabilities
- Delayed early development.
Anything uncommon in a child or mother should be raised with a healthcare professional as quickly as possible. The causes of the previously-listed injuries can differ and may not immediately be clear.
Patients may wake up from surgery to discover that the wrong side of the organ was removed, spinal surgery was performed at the wrong level, or they received a procedure meant for someone else.
Patients negatively affected by an incorrect diagnosis are victims of one of the most common types of medical malpractice. A single misdiagnosis may result in improper or delayed treatment or maybe no treatment. An undiagnosed condition may worsen or lead to the development of a new condition. In order to pursue a case, there must be evidence that the doctor has failed to meet the standard of care when diagnosing the condition.
Most people take medicine at some point and tend to be confident that their doctors have ensured that it will not interact with other medicines they are taking or cause other problems. However, according to the World Health Organization, medicine errors hurt as many as 1.3 million people in the United States each year.
Anesthesia errors do occur. These errors include overdoses, incorrect infusion rates, substitution errors, omission errors and clerical errors.
Victims of anesthesia error could experience respiratory distress, seizures, mental or physical impairment, brain injuries or even death.
A survey published by the National Institutes of Health found that major risk factors include inadequate experience, inadequate familiarity to equipment, poor communication with the surgical team, fatigue, lack of training, haste and inattention, or carelessness during administration of anesthesia.