When the people we love are admitted to the hospital, we automatically place their lives in others’ hands. The doctors, nurses, medical technicians and all of the hospital staff assume the duty of taking care of our family members, and doing their very best to allow them to leave hospital care as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, this faith in our medical providers is sometimes grossly misplaced. Patients have suffered severe infections, surgical complications, comas, and even early deaths as results of a doctors’ mistakes. When this happens, families of the victims are entitled to justice for their loved one’s loss, as well as financial compensation for the medical error—but many do not know how to pursue an injury claim.
If someone in your family has been the victim of a medical error, it is important that you find out as much as possible about your claim before vital evidence is destroyed. In our free book, The Truth About Medical Malpractice Claims, we explain the necessary steps you must take to help protect your legal rights. Click the link on this page to begin reading your free copy!
Not All Hospital Injuries Are a Result of Medical Malpractice
Every day, we receive calls from people whose medical care has ended with a bad result: the surgery was not successful, the treatment did not work, the medication given caused adverse results, or complications arose during the treatment. It is important to understand that a bad result or complication does not necessarily mean that a medical provider made a mistake.
Patients will only have a viable medical malpractice case if they can prove that their bad result was caused by negligent medical care. In other words: Did the service you received from a medical provider or the hospital itself fall below the reasonable standard of care? In order to answer that question, the circumstances of your injury must be thoroughly investigated by an experienced medical malpractic attorney like the ones here at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys
5 Common Types of Negligence in Missouri Medical Malpractice Cases
- Surgical errors. Some of the most harrowing medical malpractice injuries occur in the operating room. Surgeons or nurses can be negligent during an operation by “nicking” other internal organs, operating on the wrong body part, or leaving sponges and surgical instruments inside the body. Many surgical malpractice claims arise when nursing staff fails to give proper post-op care, resulting in a life-threatening infection or further loss of body tissue.
- Anesthesia errors. Another common type of surgery mistake is the misuse of anesthesia. Even a slight miscalculation of the amount of anesthesia needed for surgery can cause permanent injury, brain damage, or even death. Anesthesiologists may be held liable for medical malpractice if they do not monitor the patient's vital signs, improperly intubate the patient, or do not give enough sedative—causing a patient to awaken during surgery.
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. There are two kinds of misdiagnosis claims. In the first, a doctor tells a patient that he has a condition that he actually does not have, administering treatment that will not help him and can potentially harm him. In the second, a doctor misdiagnoses a life-threatening condition as something less serious, causing the patient to miss treatment opportunities—causing his condition to worsen.
- Birth injuries. Improper action on behalf of a doctor can cause a number of injuries to a newborn child. Neonatal doctors may fail to diagnose a life-threatening medical condition that makes the birth more difficult—such as preeclampsia, Rh incompatibility, anemia, gestational diabetes, or birth defects—and obstetricians may not respond appropriately to complications during the birth, resulting in injuries to the baby and mother.
- Prescription drug errors. Patients are often harmed when they are given the wrong medication or are prescribed a medication for a misdiagnosed condition. Drugs may be switched between two patients with similar-sounding names in the same hospital ward, or two drugs with sound-alike names may be confused. In addition, patients may suffer adverse effects by receiving too much or too little of a drug.
Why You Need a Medical Malpractice Attorney’s Advice After an Injury
It is vital that patients have an attorney who knows how to handle hospital bureaucracy to help investigate their claim on their behalf. In order to prove medical malpractice, we must compare what the treating doctor did—or didn't do—to what other competent doctors would have done in the same situation. This involves extreme scrutiny of the details of your accident, as well as a thorough examination of the expected standard of care.
Our lawyers consult with medical experts who can give a qualified opinion of your treatment, as well as gather your medical records to find out what really happened during your hospital stay. To learn more about your potential medical malpractice claim, we encourage you to give us a call today at 816-471-5111 or toll-free at 888-348-2616. We’re headquartered in Kansas City and also have offices in Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, and Parkville, and proudly serve residents of Missouri and Kansas alike.