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Waukegan Medical Malpractice Attorneys

A recent study from Harvard found that in more than half of the surgeries performed at Massachusetts General Hospital during a seven-month period spanning from 2013 to 2014, physicians and other attending medical professionals made mistakes. When the study was presented at the Anesthesiology 2015 conference, it showed that surgeons and their teams make a variety of mistakes, rather than making the same type of mistake on a consistent basis.

Medication errors are a type of medical malpractice. They, like other forms of malpractice including leaving surgical equipment inside a patient after surgery, failure to diagnose a patient's condition, failure to follow up with a patient's progress, and incorrectly diagnosing a patient's condition are the result of negligence on the physician's part and can lead to serious complications for victims. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or a worsened condition because of a physician's negligence, consider seeking monetary compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

Medication Errors in Surgery

The study showed that the strict safety precautions taken in other areas of the hospital were loosened and even ignored in the surgical practice. This could have played a significant role in the medication errors made by the doctors.

The errors recorded included, but were not limited to, the following types of mistakes:

  • Giving patients the incorrect dosage of their medication;
  • Labeling medication incorrectly;
  • Poor documentation of the patients' medication schedules; and
  • Failure to properly monitor patients' conditions during surgery and attend to any problems that arise.

Eighty percent of the errors recorded in the study could have been prevented, according to its data. Sixty-six percent were considered to be serious and two percent were deemed to be life-threatening. No patients died as a result of the medical errors.

In many of the surgeries, patients received more than one type of medication before the operation was over. The study looked at a total of 3,675 administrations of medication in 277 surgeries.

Medical Malpractice Can Have Significant Complications

Medication errors are only one of the many ways a physician or other hospital staff member can harm a patient through negligence. In any situation where an individual's condition worsens, he or she develops a new condition or illness, he or she fails to make recovery progress as a result of a doctor or other healthcare professional's negligence, he or she could be entitled to monetary compensation through a medical malpractice claim. In cases where patients die because of hospital staff or doctor negligence, their loved ones may seek compensation for their losses through wrongful death claims.

Proving Medical Malpractice Occurred

If you have suffered because of an instance of medical malpractice, you will need to prove the following in your claim:

  • A doctor-patient relationship existed. This means you hired the doctor or other professional for his or her specific medical services;
  • The doctor or professional was somehow negligent when administering medical care and this negligence is what caused your injury or worsened condition; and
  • The injury or worsened condition you suffered caused the specific damages you are seeking. For example, the need for additional medical care for which you are seeking compensation for your bills or the emotional anguish that has caused you to miss advancement opportunities at work.

You can use various pieces of evidence to prove your claim, such as testimonies from friends and family members, documentation of the negligence, and bills for any therapy and additional medical care you have received to address your damages.

Lake County Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you or a loved one have suffered because of a physician's error during surgery or any other type of medical malpractice, consider all of the legal options. You or the victim could be entitled to monetary compensation for the expenses associated with the injury through a medical malpractice claim. To learn more about this process and your rights as a medical malpractice victim, contact our team of experienced Waukegan medical malpractice attorneys at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to schedule your free legal consultation with a member of our firm. We will examine the details of your case and advise you about the best way to move forward with seeking compensation for your losses. Do not wait to make the call - when you are considering filing a personal injury claim, it is critical that you are proactive and file the claim within a timely manner after the accident.

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