We have made a lot of advancements in the medical field. Today, we have procedures and equipment that we could only dream of in the years passed. However, mistakes in the medical field still happen and can be quite costly for the patient, doctor, and medical facility. Some of these mistakes can lead to death. Below we go over some examples of medical malpractice.
- Nerve Damage in the Course of Spinal Surgery
The nerves, which are distributed throughout the body, help control sensation and movement in the limbs. A medical professional performing spinal surgery is expected to know the location of these nerves and steer clear of them during the procedure. Clamping, cutting, or overstretching these nerves can lead to severe pain, paralysis and numbness. To correct the damage caused, additional surgery may be required.
- Anesthesia Complications
Most surgical procedures involve the use of anesthesia. The process of administering anesthesia should be managed by a specialist (anesthesiologist) all through the surgery. Failure to manage the effects or incorrect dosages can be fatal. The anesthesiologist should be able to take charge of the process and guide the surgeon on what to do at every stage. At some point, the patient’s body, legs, or arms should be rotated.
- Child Birth Complications
While having a newborn is an exciting prospect for the would-be parents, the child birth process does come with a ton of challenges. Proper monitoring should be done throughout to ensure the fetus is healthy and detect any signs of distress. A slight mistake could cut oxygen supply to the baby leading to complications such as cerebral palsy, handicaps, and other lifelong health complications. The mother, on the other hand, could suffer excessive blood loss, placenta previa, vaginal tearing, and brachial plexus injury during the delivery process.
- Cancer Misdiagnosis
Cancer is usually fatal unless it’s detected early and diagnosed so that treatment can begin. Failure by a doctor to recognize and treat cancer symptoms mean that the disease continues to spread unabated. This means more parts of the body getting affected and increasing the treatment and recovery time considerably. The patient will have to undergo painful and extensive treatment that could include surgery to remove affected organs.
- Undiagnosed Appendicitis
Appendicitis refers to the inflammation of the appendix. It’s quite a common condition that can become serious if it’s not treated in a timely manner. Appendicitis is treated by removing the appendix. The condition is characterized by abdominal pain. If a doctor misdiagnoses it and recommends treatment for something else, then there is a chance the appendix could rapture. When the appendix ruptures, the infection that was in the appendix spreads to other internal organs and membranes in the abdomen. This can result in death if not treated immediately with antibiotics. However, this method of treatment is not guaranteed to work.
If any of the above happens to you or a loved one, then you have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Malpractice lawyers can help with the process.