Detroit Lawyer Handling Cases Involving Doctor Errors
Doctor errors have been the direct cause of a grave number of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the U.S. As we all must place our health in the hands of doctors at some point in our lives, we expect that the doctors who treat us will be competent and well-trained. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and individuals and families who are harmed by a doctor's error can get answers to their legal questions from the law office of Frederic M. Rosen, PC.
Many Types of Doctor Errors
The most common types of doctor errors include:
- Diagnosing a medical condition that does not exist and treating it
- Failing to diagnose/identify a medical condition
- Interpreting a medical image (e.g., MRI, X-ray, CAT scan) incorrectly
- Making mistakes during surgery
- Operating on the wrong organ, body part, or patient
- Performing unnecessary surgery (e.g., a cesarean section, hysterectomy)
If a doctor’s error has impacted you or your family member, contact Frederic M. Rosen. He has obtained significant settlements and jury verdicts for clients who have been the victim of medical malpractice.
Doctor negligence is at the heart of thousands of illnesses and injuries. Although most physicians take their work very seriously and provide medical care that is up to the expected standard, an alarming number of doctors have been found to have acted negligently on the job. Victims of doctor negligence in Louisville, Kentucky, and surrounding communities can turn to the law office of Frederic M. Rosen, PC for answers to their legal questions and representation.
There are numerous ways that a doctor may be guilty of negligence. Some of the most common types of doctor negligence are as follows.
Doctor Negligence Involving Surgery
One of the most shocking types of doctor negligence – performing surgery on the wrong body part or the wrong organ – happens at least 50 times each year in the U.S. Other surgical mistakes that are not uncommon include:
- The wrong procedure is performed
- The wrong patient is operated on
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Scalpel slips, cutting an organ, blood vessel, or other tissue
- Leaving a surgical instrument or sponge inside the patient after surgery
- Unsanitary surgical instrument or conditions
- Mistake in the surgical procedure itself
- Mistakes in the preoperative plan
Doctor Negligence Involving Medication
A physician may fail to prescribe needed medication, may prescribe the wrong medication, or may prescribe the wrong dose. A doctor may also be found negligent when he or she prescribes medication but fails to take into account a patient’s:
- Concurrent medication or therapy
- Existing medical condition(s)
- Age or body weight
In addition, although doctors are notorious for their illegible handwriting, such poor handwriting has been the source of serious medication mistakes.
Doctor Negligence in Failing to Diagnose Correctly
There are four main ways that a doctor may be negligent in a diagnosis:
- Failing to identify a medical condition that exists
- Diagnosing a condition when the patient does not have the problem
- Diagnosing the wrong condition
- Failing to diagnose a problem in a timely manner
If you've been harmed by a doctor's negligence, talk to Fred Rosen about your circumstances in a free, no-commitment consultation.