When someone in Bucks County seeks medical treatment from their doctor or in a hospital, they expect to receive competent healthcare by conscientious medical professionals. However, not every healthcare worker meets those expectations. Some medical professions, through their carelessness or negligence, harm their patients.
If you have experienced any harm or unforeseen complications after seeking healthcare treatment, our Bucks County medical malpractice lawyer might be able to assist you. At the Reiff Law Firm, our attorneys and staff are dedicated to holding doctors and other medical professionals accountable for their negligent conduct. Call (215) 709-6940 to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Medical Malpractice in Bucks County
Sometimes, determining if you were the victim of medical malpractice is difficult. This is because not every medical error constitutes malpractice and every tragic outcome is not preventable. However, some commons mistakes result in a patient experiencing harm. When an injury is the direct result of a doctor’s error or another medical professional’s negligence, the victim is entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Missed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis
When a person is not feeling well, or their symptoms indicate a serious medical condition, receiving a timely and accurate diagnosis might be critical in obtaining proper care. When a doctor diagnoses a medical condition accurately, the patient can begin treatment immediately. Depending on the situation, this timing could be lifesaving.
When a medical condition is misdiagnosed, a doctor may prescribe an ineffective treatment while the underlying disease progresses. This mistake could be especially harmful, for example, if cancer is allowed to metastasize and spread through a patient’s body. Additionally, if the condition was misdiagnosed, a patient might be undergoing expensive and painful medical treatments that will not improve their health. In some unfortunate situations, a treatable condition could become fatal if misdiagnosed.
When diagnosing a medical condition, a doctor will often relay or perform diagnostic tests to understand the symptoms a patient is exhibiting. If a doctor or another medical professional misinterprets the test results, their mistake could constitute medical malpractice.
Medical technicians could make an error when performing a test or procedure. For instance, if the equipment is not accurately calibrated or a sample is contaminated, the test result could be inaccurate. Diagnostic tests must be run appropriately to ensure a proper diagnosis.
Surgery is an invasive procedure and presents many additional risks to the patient in addition to the condition being treated. A surgeon who performs the wrong procedure or operates on the incorrect body part could be held responsible for any harm the patient suffers. Additionally, if the wrong amount or mixture of anesthesia is administered, the anesthesiologist could have committed medical malpractice.
One of the most common surgical errors is leaving surgical instruments, especially surgical sponges, in a patient after an operation. When a sharp instrument is left inside an abdominal cavity, the patient could suffer a puncture to their internal organs, leading to severe complications or death. Sponges that are left behind often lead to post-operative infections. Surgeons and members of surgical teams that make grievous errors should be held liable for the harm they caused.
The birth of a child should be a joyous event in a mother’s life. However, if a mother does not receive proper care during her pregnancy or if the delivery is mismanaged, a serious birth injury could occur. When an obstetrician and their medical team fail to address the complications associated with a difficult delivery, a child could suffer a life-altering injury or even death.
Medication is usually an essential component in treating an illness or medical condition. However, when a doctor prescribes a medication that a patient is allergic to or adversely reacts to a medication the patient is already taking, serious and harmful consequences are likely. It is also essential that the dosage is accurate. An accidental overdose could occur if the doctor fails to provide proper instructions or if a nurse administers the wrong amount.
Damages Available in a Bucks County Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
If you were the victim of medical malpractice, you are entitled to seek compensation for your financial losses and physical suffering through a personal injury lawsuit. In Bucks County, you could recover compensatory damages, including economic and non-economic damages that were directly related to the harm suffered.
Economic damages include your financial losses, including the cost of medical procedures, additional treatment, hospitalization, and medication costs. Furthermore, you are entitled to be compensated for any future medical treatments you might require, such as additional surgeries or home healthcare.
A victim of medical malpractice could also recover their lost income and the income they would have earned if not for the harm sustained.
You are also able to recover non-economic damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit. While your financial losses are typically easy to calculate, non-economic damages are more challenging to quantify. A victim is entitled to recover for their mental and physical suffering. Putting a dollar amount on your suffering will depend on how the harm impacted your life. Our experienced Bucks County medical malpractice attorney will work with you, your family, and other medical professionals to determine a justifiable amount.
Contact Our Bucks County Medical Malpractice Lawyer for a Free Consultation
There are few professionals we trust with more critical decisions and power over our wellbeing than our healthcare providers. When a medical professional makes an inexcusable error, the consequences are often severe or even deadly. Our Bucks County medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to representing people injured through the negligence of their healthcare providers. Call the medical malpractice attorneys at the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940 to schedule a free consultation.