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5 Examples of Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence Legal Cases

We’d like to believe that we can live problem-free, but there are many awful things people endure in their lifetimes. One of the scariest situations a person could possibly experience is being a victim of medical malpractice or medical negligence.

You put your trust in doctors and surgeons with your health and life. To have them fail you not only damages your trust, it can also create serious physical consequences. If you or someone close to you has suffered has suffered as a result of medical malpractice or negligence, there is a possibility you could have a case for legal action.

While cases are extremely challenging to win, people who have suffered serious, permanent injury are likely to be successful in a medical negligence claim. We represent clients in a wide range of medical negligence cases, including:

1) Birth injury

Medical mistakes that happen during childbirth can cause a baby to suffer a lifetime of disability and pain. Raising a child with serious physical or mental disabilities can be emotionally and financially painful.

A medical staff should be held responsible for birth injuries. These include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Klumpke’s palsy
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • And other birth injuries caused by negligence.

2) Surgical error

A positive surgical outcome is never guaranteed, but errors in the operating room are far more common than many patients realize. Surgical negligence happens when medical professionals:

  • Perform the wrong procedure
  • Operate on the wrong patient
  • Leave sponges or instruments behind
  • Fail to monitor the patient in the recovery room
  • Make anesthesia errors
  • Fail to prevent infection
  • Damage nerves or organs
  • Fail to recognize and stop internal bleeding

3) Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis

A doctor who fails to diagnose cancer, stroke, pulmonary embolism and other serious conditions rob the patient of the ability to benefit from timely treatment.

4) Hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals are supposed to be sterile, yet sometimes they are kept in unsanitary conditions. This level of negligence can lead to life-threatening infections in the respiratory system, urinary tract, or bloodstream. You may have a case for legal action if you have developed:

  • Staph infections
  • MRSA
  • Pneumonia
  • or another infection caused by negligence.

5) Emergency room errors

Diagnostic errors are among the most prevalent type of emergency room negligence. Patients with symptoms of heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism may be sent home prematurely only to suffer a near-fatal or fatal event that should have been prevented.

This blog post should not be taken as medical or legal advice. If you’re in Alabama and you’ve been harmed by medical malpractice or medical negligence, we can help you receive compensation.

Liddon Law Firm works with victims of all types of medical malpractice and medical negligence. We understand the physical and mental strain these injuries can cause. Please contact our attorneys to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation.

Call 205-224-5675 today or fill out the form for a free consultation with our Birmingham, Alabama law firm.