When you’re sick or require surgery, you need to be able to trust that the medical professionals providing your care are giving you their full attention and capabilities. However, sometimes doctors make careless errors which can leave you in an even worse position than before you sought medical attention. Nurses and other medical professionals such as lab technicians and pharmacists can also occasionally make mistakes which can have dire consequences.
Oftentimes, when mistakes like this are made and lead to injuries and/or your condition worsening, the doctor or professional who made the medical error will tell you that there is nothing you can do. They may attempt to claim that you were partially at fault for the error or simply brush the matter aside. They may even threaten you with the presence of their hospital’s legal team. When this occurs, they are doing everything in their power to avoid legal recourse.
If you’re currently facing this predicament, it’s important to understand that taking legal action is one option you should consider. By filing what is known as a medical malpractice lawsuit, you can potentially receive financial compensation that can be used for your recovery as well as send a message that doctors, medical professionals, and hospitals cannot ignore. That message states that medical errors made when acting negligently or carelessly are not acceptable. Mississippi residents deserve better care.
To send this message and protect future patients from getting harmed in the same way, it is important that you seek out legal aid as soon as possible after you realize you may have been the victim of medical malpractice. Time is often of the essence when filing a medical malpractice claim. To preserve your claim and ensure you’re fully compensated for your injuries and suffering, contact Corban Gunn, Biloxi, MS medical malpractice lawyer.
Examining Three Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice comes in many forms. These are three of the most common ways in which malpractice occurs and how it occurs:
Failure to Diagnose
Certain medical conditions can quickly become lethal if not properly treated. This includes pulmonary embolisms, appendicitis, and bacterial infections. A late or missed cancer diagnosis can make the difference between that patient recovering and succumbing to their disease, as many forms of cancer are more likely to abate when treated early.
Certain medical conditions are not obvious to the naked eye, but can become lethal if left untreated. Doctors have a professional duty to ensure that they have taken the necessary steps to determine what is causing a patient’s symptoms. If you or a loved one has suffered due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose, a delayed diagnosis, or a misdiagnosis that caused serious consequences, legal recourse may be an option.
Errors committed during surgery are dishearteningly common. This is partially due to the pressure that’s placed on doctors by insurers and hospitals to complete a large amount of procedures in a brief period. This is no excuse for surgical errors, however.
Some common surgical errors include:
- Operating on or amputating the wrong body part, or on the wrong patient
- Leaving objects in the patient including surgical sponges and surgical tools
- Using improperly sterilized surgical implements, resulting in serious infection for the patient
- Accidentally cutting or damaging veins, arteries, or organs near the surgical site
- Errors involving anesthesia including using not enough anesthesia or failing to properly supervise a patient during the recovery stage
It can be heartbreaking for a parent to see that their newborn baby was injured during the birthing process. Many birth injuries can have serious and lifelong consequences. Some birth injuries occur due to poor handling of the child or failing to properly monitor the baby’s oxygen level. Both instances can lead to severe conditions like cerebral palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and other debilitating brain conditions.
Additionally, if you as a mother were injured during the birthing process by losing an excess of blood, for example, or a doctor failing to order a caesarian section (C-section) in a timely manner, you may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to care for an infant when you’re incapacitated. You deserve to be compensated for your expenses resulting from these errors.
Get Help from a Dedicated Mississippi Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or someone you love was harmed or has suffered as a result of an error made by a doctor, nurse, or other type of medical professional, you deserve peace of mind. Have your voice be heard and prevent future mistakes in Mississippi hospitals and doctor’s offices with the help of a skilled and experienced Biloxi, MS medical malpractice lawyer.
Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law, is prepared to investigate your claim and guide you through the claim-filing process. For legal assistance with medical malpractice claims in Biloxi, along the Gulf Coast, and throughout the state of Mississippi, contact our law office at 228.284.6805 or fill out our contact form to quickly get in touch online.