• Common Medical Malpractice Mistakes

    Understanding If You Have Been Harmed by Another’s Negligence

    No matter how healthy a life you live, there will come a time when you require the care of a physician or other health care provider. We trust medical professionals with our lives, in large part because of the advanced education and training that they have received. When we put ourselves in their hands we trust that they will be responsible and careful and will treat us in the same way that any other professional in the same field would handle the same type of medical situation, but our trust is not always warranted. Failure to provide appropriate treatment, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, surgical errors and more commonly happen when the appropriate standard of care is not applied, and that constitutes medical malpractice. If you believe you may have suffered harm as a result of medical malpractice, make an appointment with the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC. We will carefully review the details of your situation and let you know if your injuries are the result of a medical professional’s negligence.

    The term medical malpractice covers an extremely broad range of possible errors and injuries. These include:

    • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis which may result in incorrect treatment or a missed opportunity to treat a disease and avert further harm or death.
    • Childbirth injuries, including brain injuries such as cerebral palsy and fractured bones, negligent prenatal care, failure to diagnose a medical condition of either the mother or the child, and negligence during childbirth including incompetent use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, failure to order a cesarean section, failure to respond to fetal distress and failure to anticipate complications.
    • Medication errors, including prescribing the wrong medication, proscribing the incorrect dosage, nurses or pharmacists administering the wrong medication or dosage.
    • Anesthesia errors that can result in permanent brain injury or death. These are often a result of the anesthesiologist failing to sufficiently analyze the patient’s medical history or failure to provide adequate instruction to the patient regarding presurgical behaviors.
    • Surgical errors, which can include operating on the wrong patient, the wrong body part, leaving surgical instruments in the body or poor surgical technique. Other problems can result from poor hygiene prior to or during the surgery and inadequate post-operative care.

    Poor medical consequences are not always caused by medical malpractice mistakes, but when they are the results can be costly, painful, and even tragic. The first step in any medical malpractice case is the collection of as much information as possible about the specifics of the patient’s medical treatment and review by a medical expert to determine whether reasonable care was provided or not. If you are concerned that the harm that you’ve suffered may be a result of a medical malpractice mistake, call the South Jersey attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC today. We’ll listen carefully, ask all the right questions, and provide you with the answers that you need.

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