A Medical Malpractice Attorney Seeks Accountability for Healthcare Errors
Medical malpractice attorney Chris Olsen in San Diego can help secure the financial compensation you need to stabilize the fallout after a medical error. He strives to ensure that all responsible parties are held liable with a medical malpractice suit. If an error or negligence by a healthcare provider has resulted in injury or death of a patient, the patient or his or her family may file a medical malpractice suit to compensate for the damages suffered, including medical expenses, loss of income, and more. Complications that occur despite a healthcare provider’s adherence to standards of care and safety are not considered malpractice.
Types of Medical Malpractice
There are a wide variety of scenarios that can result in medical malpractice. Any injury that is the result of a human error or blatant negligence on the part of a healthcare provider or other medical professional is likely to be considered malpractice. Below are the various types of medical errors that can result in malpractice suits.
- Birth Injury: Any injury to the mother or child during the birthing process could be considered malpractice if it was the result of an error, negligence, or failure to act in a timely manner. These injuries may include head or brain injuries that result in cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy and nerve damage.
- Hospital and Surgical Errors: Hospital errors may include the misdiagnosis or mistreatment of an illness, disease, injury, or infection. Surgical errors may include performing the surgery on the wrong side or wrong body part and accidental amputation.
- Hospital-acquired Infections: Viral, bacterial, and fungal pathogens run rampant in hospitals, and if safety standards aren’t complied with by every medical professional, the result can be pneumonia, staph, or another serious infection.
- Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose: A failure to diagnose cancer or other serious disease or illness is a serious error. A failure to diagnose can result from a misreading or misinterpretation of diagnostic tests, overlooking symptoms, and more. In many cases, cancer and other diseases are treatable when diagnosed in early stages. Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose can result in an inability to effectively treat the disease, which can result in death.
- Medication and Anesthetic Errors: These errors can occur if the wrong dosage of medication or anesthesia is administered, or if potential interactions with other medications are overlooked. Additionally, a patient’s allergies may be overlooked, resulting in a dangerous reaction. Medications can also be mislabeled with the wrong medication name, dose, and more.
If an error or negligence by a healthcare provider has resulted in injury or death of a patient, the patient or his or her family may file a medical malpractice suit to compensate for the damages suffered, including medical expenses, loss of income, and more.
Compensation for Medical Malpractice
In a medical malpractice suit, we will seek compensation for any damages you or your family has suffered as a result of the malpractice. Damages can include compensation for any and all medical expenses relating to the error, including additional surgeries or treatments, rehabilitation, long-term care, and more.
Additionally, we will seek compensation for any loss of income as a result of the egregious error. If you had to take an unpaid leave of absence from work, we will seek compensation to cover those lost wages. In some cases, the injury may result in job loss or demotion due to an inability to perform your previous position. We will seek compensation for those damages as well.
In the event of the death of the patient, the family may be compensated for the loss of the income that family member provided. You may also be compensated for end-of-life care and funeral expenses. Compensation may also include damages for a reduced quality of life and pain and suffering of the patient and/or family.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
Medical errors can be devastating, and an experienced attorney can help. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to a medical error or negligence by a healthcare provider, contact Olsen Law Offices today to schedule your free consultation.