Medical malpractice can occur in any environment where a doctor, nurse, or healthcare provider provides treatment to a patient. It can occur in a doctor’s private office or in the operating room at a hospital.
Examples of cases involving medical negligence include:
Surgery Errors and Surgical Negligence
These errors include carelessness by a surgeon during the procedure itself; the decision to proceed with surgery despite signs in the patient’s presentation or medical history that the procedure should not move forward; the improper choice of medical tools or equipment; negligence in the failure to be responsive to patient symptoms during and after surgery; or failing to remove a medical instrument, device or another surgical implement from a patient after surgery.
These include injuries to both the mother and child, and may include negligent care provided prior to birth, during the birthing process, or after the baby is delivered. For example, the decision not to perform a cesarean section (C-section) can constitute negligence under certain medical circumstances. Also, medical negligence can cause significant trauma at birth, leading to death and catastrophic injuries, such as neurological injury, developmental delays and related impairments, brain damage, shoulder dystocia, and cerebral palsy.
Failure to Diagnose or Treat Medical Conditions
Such conditions include cancer, and a physician’s negligence not only in failing to timely diagnose the disease, but also in failing to provide proper treatment; negligent failure to timely recognize and properly test and treat heart disease, including a heart attack; the failure to diagnose an aneurysm, or to provide prompt and appropriate treatment; or negligence in diagnosing or treating other conditions, diseases or symptoms which directly damages the functioning of one’s organs, or leads to future bodily dysfunction.
Physicians may negligently prescribe medications that are unsafe at certain dosages, have been recalled, or are prescribed for unapproved “off label” uses. Sometimes medications are ordered which are dangerous to take with other prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, or are otherwise not be used in light of a patient’s known medical conditions, including high blood pressure, as well as liver, kidney, heart, or circulation ailments.
Medical malpractice cases are unique and require a sophisticated team of educated and proven professionals. At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., we have a team of attorneys and professionals dedicated to medical malpractice cases. We work closely with some of the most knowledgeable and renowned medical experts in the country and have a proven track record of successful recoveries on behalf of victims of medical negligence.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice and would like to speak with a medical malpractice attorney, please contact us. Our lawyers are here to answer your questions and discuss how to protect your legal rights. Call our Boston, Massachusetts office at (617) 742-1900, or toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.