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Types of Medical Malpractice that Result in Lifelong Disability

Nov 21, 2018 @ 11:42 AM — by Lynn Harris
Tagged with: Medical Malpractice |

A doctor placing a hand on a patient's shoulderMedical malpractice is a serious offense that can leave victims permanently injured, unable to return to work, and unable to live a normal life.

When medical malpractice leads to a permanent disability, it's important to seek the help of an experienced attorney. Medical malpractice attorney Lynn Harris is experienced in representing victims and their families in medical malpractice suits.

If you believe medical malpractice has resulted in your lifelong disability, contact our Salt Lake City, UT law firm to discuss the details of your case.

What Types of Medical Malpractice Can Cause Lifelong Disability?

Medical malpractice may occur any time a doctor, nurse, or other health care provider has acted negligently in administering treatment or caring for an individual.

There are many different types of medical malpractice that can cause lifelong disability. Let's take a look at some of the most common examples.

Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice that can lead to lifelong disability. Misdiagnosis occurs when a health care professional fails to identify a condition, misidentifies a condition, or identifies a condition much later than it should have been found. 

When misdiagnosis occurs, patients may not be treated for their condition or treatment may be so delayed that damage occurs. For example, failing to diagnose cancer in the leg, or diagnosing it much later, may mean the patient will not be treated before the cancer spreads. This may lead to amputation or even death.

In some cases, misdiagnosis results in the wrong medications or treatment being provided. Depending on the treatment, this can cause permanent harm to the patient, potentially resulting in a lifelong disability.

Trauma during Childbirth

Injuries may occur to an infant or mother at birth as a result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice in regard to childbirth trauma may include:

  • Failure to monitor the unborn child and failure to respond to signs of distress
  • Improperly using delivery instruments, such as forceps
  • Failing to monitor infant's oxygen levels before and after delivery
  • Failing to take appropriate actions to control excessive blood loss in the mother after delivery
  • Ignoring signs of preeclampsia
  • Failing to perform a c-section in a timely manner
  • Surgical errors during a c-section

As a result of negligence during childbirth, a child may develop cerebral palsy, incur bone fractures, or suffer paralysis. A mother may experience seizures from untreated preeclampsia, permanent nerve damage from a c-section, excessive bleeding, or death.

Medication Errors

Medication errors are another type of medical malpractice that can happen when a doctor prescribes a medication or when a medical professional administers a medication.

Some ways in which medication errors may occur include:

  • Administering the wrong dosage of a medication
  • Prescribing the wrong medication
  • Giving a patient a medication that he or she is allergic to
  • Failing to notice contraindication for prescribed medications

Surgical Errors

Surgical errors occur when a surgeon or assisting medical professional makes a mistake on the operating table. Unfortunately, some mistakes are dangerous enough to cause permanent disability and damage.

Surgical errors that may lead to lifelong disability include:

  • Leaving surgical instruments within the body
  • Damaging the nerves
  • Damaging an organ or blood vessel
  • Operating on the wrong area

Types of Permanent Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can lead to permanent injuries that leave victims overwhelmed with the financial burden of new medical expenses while no longer being able to work.

\Some types of permanent injuries that may occur as a result of medical malpractice include:

  • Limb amputation
  • Paralysis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Brain trauma
  • Damage to the internal organs

Contact Medical Malpractice Attorney Lynn Harris

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To find out if you have a case, call (801) 521-3200 to schedule a consultation with medical malpractice attorney Lynn Harris.

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