Suffering from a medical injury can leave you in pain and unable to provide for your family. An Allentown medical injuries lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC can work with you to get you the compensation that you deserve for your medical injuries. Call us today.
What are the Most Common Types and Causes of Medical Injuries?
Medical injuries – injuries caused by medical professionals – can come in all shapes and sizes. Some types of medical injuries are more common than others.
- Surgical Devices. A medical injury can occur when a surgical device, such as pacemaker, is improperly installed. A surgical device that is defective or poorly designed can do a patient significantly more harm than good.
- Wound Closure. At the end of a surgery, wounds must be properly closed to allow for proper healing and to prevent infection. Often this will require a medical team to make multiple closures, the failure to do any of these properly can result in a serious medical injury.
- Improper Medication. A medical injury can also occur where a patient is given the wrong type of medication or is given medication he or she is allergic to.
Medical professionals must take reasonable steps to prevent these and other types of medical injuries from happening. A patient should always receive care that is designed to help. Seek medical attention from another provider if you have been injured by a medical professional.
What Protections Must Medical Professionals Put in Place to Prevent Medical Injuries?
Medical injuries are generally preventable. One study found that between 44,000 and 98,000 patient deaths occur annually in U.S. hospitals primarily due to breakdowns in communication. Hospitals, and other treating facilities, should take reasonable steps to promote proper communication between members of a medical team to prevent medical injuries form occurring.
Medical injuries can also occur when surgical instruments (such as sponges) are left inside of a patient after surgery. To limit these types of medical injuries new technologies are being used that allow medical teams to scan surgical equipment in an out during the operating to keep track of what has been used and to ensure that everything is accounted for once the procedure is complete.
Processes and procedures should be in place at every level of treatment to ensure that you and your family are not subjected to treatment that leads to further harm or even death. Insist that you are given the care you deserve. If you are not, then contact us to discuss your rights and options.
What Should I Do if I Have a My Medical Injury?
Keeping accurate notes and records is important for protecting yourself and your loved ones. For example, if you are told that a surgical device is required, ask questions and take notes about the device. Furthermore, you may want to conduct your own research on the surgical device.
If possible, get multiple medical opinions before committing to a surgery or other course of action. Having different experts with different backgrounds review your injury or illness is important. Medical injuries can progress slowly and it is important to bring any pain issues or other complications to the attention of your medical professional immediately.
How Can Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC Help Me With Medical Injury Case?
Contact a lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC by calling 888-777-7098 or contact us online. We look forward to discussing your case and serving your legal needs.