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Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers

It’s common for victims of medical malpractice to not realize that their injury was caused or exacerbated by medical error. That’s why Murphy, Falcon & Murphy are is frequently hired to lead an investigation when there has been injury or death after a medical procedure.

Types of Medical Malpractice

There are a variety of types of mistakes that happen regularly in the medical profession, including:

Misdiagnosis or Delaying Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis can be delayed if a doctor doesn’t order the right test or doesn’t correctly interpret the results of the test ordered. By delaying the diagnosis, the severity of the condition is likely to increase. Not all results of the delay can be reversed, and, in some cases, the delay can lead to premature death. For example, many types of cancer are curable if they are caught and treated in the initial stages. If cancer is not diagnosed promptly or if it’s misdiagnosed, it can grow and spread to other parts of the body and reach a stage that’s incurable.

Medication Errors

When the doctor prescribes a medication, the order is sent to the pharmacy and the pharmacist provides the medication to the patient, a nurse, or other healthcare worker. Errors can occur at any stage in this process.

  • Wrong medication ordered by the doctor
  • Wrong dose ordered by the doctor or filled by the pharmacist
  • Incorrect instructions printed on the medication label
  • Medication the patient is allergic to is ordered
  • Pharmacist fills the order incorrectly
  • Pharmacy employee gives the wrong person’s medication to the patient
  • Nurse or medication aid gives the incorrect dose or someone else’s medication to the patient

Any medication error can cause illness, injury, or death.

Surgical Mistakes

Every surgery has risks associated with it. Standards of care have been established for the specific purpose of minimizing risk and maximizing benefit. If these standards of care are not followed, surgical mistakes can occur. Examples of surgical mistakes include: performing surgery on the wrong part of the body or leaving foreign objects inside the body.

Defective or Mishandled Medical Equipment

The purpose of medical equipment is to enhance health and safety for the patient. When a medical device is defective, it can impose the opposite effect and cause harm to the patient. It’s also possible for medical equipment that’s operating properly to be mishandled by the person operating it. Serious harm can result from medical equipment that’s used improperly.

Labor and Delivery Errors

Childbirth should be a joyous time. Sometimes it can turn into a dangerous situation for mother and child. If a medical professional doesn’t properly diagnose a condition during pregnancy or fails to recognize signs of danger during labor and delivery, the mother and the child may suffer life-long debilitating effects. In some cases, one or both could die.

Cause of Errors

There are a variety of reasons that medical errors occur. Frequently, they are associated with:

  • Poor recordkeeping. Doctors and can miss critical medical history details without careful recordkeeping in place.
  • Inadequate communication. Hospital, administrative, and medical staff all need to communicate about patient care.
  • Understaffing. Hospitals and facilities can be chronically understaffed. Staff who are overworked are more likely to ignore proper procedure and cut corners.
  • Fatigue. Doctors and nurses are required to work long hours. Fatigue can interfere with decision making skills.
  • Alcohol or drug use. The high stress environment that medical professionals work in can increase the incidence of alcohol and drug dependency among staff.

Thousands of people die every year because of preventable medical errors. The attorneys at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy understand that mistakes happen, but we also understand that medical professionals must be held to a higher standard because we put our lives in their hands. Although we can’t fix the mistakes that caused your injury, we can make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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