When you seek healthcare for yourself or a family member, you should expect to receive care that meets the highest standards. This is not to say that every condition will have a cure, but the care and treatment you receive should be administered in a way that represents the highest quality of professionalism regardless of the situation, including your ability to pay.
Malpractice suggests a doctor who fails to show competence in treating patients. However, malpractice can occur at any level in a healthcare system. It not only occurs as a result of what doctors do or don’t do, but also nurses, nursing assistants, medical technologists, pharmacists, therapists, and entire healthcare organizations can engage in behaviors that put patients at risk for poor outcomes and, in some cases, death.
If you are in the West Palm Beach area, and if you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice, a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer will help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice comes in many forms, including medication errors, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, negligence, and sexual contact with patients. Any of these failures could be reasons to sue a healthcare provider.
Prescribing, giving the wrong medication, or giving the wrong dosage can happen as a result of carelessness by any health care provider. Examples include doctors who prescribe the wrong medication, giving medication that is too strong, nurses who make medication errors in hospitals, and pharmacists that dispense the wrong medication.
Misdiagnosis can result in a patient not receiving treatment for a condition or getting the wrong treatment altogether. For example, if a patient has cancer, but is diagnosed with a condition that is less life-threatening, the patient could suffer needlessly or die because of no treatment or delayed treatment.
Imagine going into the hospital to have a diseased kidney removed, but the surgeon removes your healthy kidney! Other examples of a surgical errors are learning that a surgical sponge was left inside of the surgical site or, equally as frightening, waking up during surgery.
Negligence in the healthcare setting is just what it sounds like. It can be the result of hiring incompetent practitioners or not checking on a patient as often as needed. An example of negligence is leaving an elderly patient in a situation where he or she could fall or positioning a bed where a patient could become entrapped in between the bed and a wall. Failing to have secure entries and exits could result in patients with memory impairments walking away from a facility.
Sexual Contact with Patients
A medical exam room should be a safe place for patients. However, there are countless stories of healthcare practitioners preying on the vulnerability of patients by committing sexual acts against them during examinations. Anyone who experiences this behavior should report it to law enforcement and hire a medical malpractice lawyer to put a stop to practitioners who take advantage of trusting patients.