As someone with an illness, serious condition, or any kind of injury, you should be able to trust that your doctor can provide the medical treatment you need. Unfortunately, medical errors can happen. This may result in even more pain and suffering for the patient. When the medical professional commits an error, it can be considered medical malpractice. This means the doctor or physician failed to provide the proper and appropriate care. Medical malpractice occurs in a number of ways and our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys at Snyder & Snyder explain five of the more common ways.
Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnosis
If you feel that there is something wrong with you and go to the doctor, you expect them to give you a better idea of what could possibly be wrong. Your doctor is supposed to run a number of tests that can be used to determine the exact root of the problem and diagnose a condition. If they misdiagnose this condition or fail to do so properly, they leave the patient with a high chance of getting worse before the treatment is provided.
When you have a serious condition, surgery may be required. Depending on the situation, this could be a routine procedure or it could be something more complex. If the doctor has never performed the type of surgery necessary, a complex procedure could be worrisome. Surgical errors may involve making an incision in the wrong area, leaving surgical equipment in the body, or performing the wrong type of surgery.
Intubation is the process in which a tube is placed in a patient’s trachea to help expand the airway and allow oxygen into the lungs. This is often connected to a ventilator to help someone who is unable to breathe on their own. When the tube is placed incorrectly in the esophagus, it can cause extensive problems for the patient and cause harm.
During the labor process, certain care must be taken by the doctor in order to make sure the delivery is done properly and the baby and mother is healthy. If the doctor takes too long to deliver the baby or if excessive force is present when using forceps, it could cause harm to both parties. This is negligence and may be caused by a medical professional who hasn’t been properly trained.
At The Law Office of Snyder & Snyder, P.A., our Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers know how difficult it can be to deal with injury caused by someone you are supposed to trust. We work to help our clients recover compensation for the pain and suffering they have endured. If you believe you have a case, contact our firm today. We can discuss your legal options in a free case evaluation.