Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health management. Unfortunately, medical records are challenging to understand. If you or a family member was injured as a result of medical negligence, you should know what happened and why it happened.
The most common medical malpractice or medical negligence claims include:
- Misdiagnosis: CBS News covered a new study published in the journal BMJ Quality & Safety that found that approximately 12 million U.S. adults who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed.
- Surgical Errors: Surgical errors can include various complications, such as incorrect incision site, wrong surgery site or leaving a foreign object inside the body. While some surgical errors are the result of a surgeon’s error, most are the result of poor preoperative planning. These mistakes can lead to infections, lifelong damage and death.
- Childbirth Errors or Injuries: Birth-related medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, or other medical staff acts negligently. A birth injury to a baby occurs due to a complication in the labor or delivery process.
- Failure to Treat: When a disease or medical condition is not treated, it can continue to thrive and cause further illness or injury to the patient. If the patient is suffering from a condition that might be treatable if caught early, the delay in treatment can cause significant damage. If a delayed or failed diagnosis or treatment has resulted in injury or disease progression that otherwise would not have occurred with timely treatment, medical professionals could be held liable.
- Prescription Drug Errors: Prescription drug errors occur when a patient is given the wrong medication, inappropriate dosage or not made fully aware of the side effects from the prescribed medication.
If you have suffered injuries from medical malpractice or medical negligence, recoverable damages could include medical costs, lost wages, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, physical impairment, disfigurement, permanent injury, physical pain, and other suffering. The law in New Hampshire mandates that an action for personal injury must be filed within three years from the date the cause of action accrues. This time limitation is known as the statute of limitations. However, there are specific guidelines as to when this three-year time period begins. Because the liability related to medical malpractice or medical negligence can be complex, retaining legal counsel as soon as possible is critical.
Our trusted legal team handles all types of personal injury incidents with the utmost care and compassion while leveraging our extensive expertise to provide the best legal support for you. Nicholson Law Firm is experienced in handling claims of medical negligence, hospital malpractice, physician malpractice, surgical injuries, paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, and improper medications.
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